Year 6 Art & Design

National Curriculum Expectations for the end of Key Stage 2:

Children should be able to:

create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

talk about great artists, architects and designers in history.


At Gayton, by the end of Year 6, the expectation is that children will be able to:

  • communicate emotions and a sense of self with accuracy and imagination
  • explain why they have combined different tools to create drawings
  • explain why they have chosen certain techniques
  • explain what their own style is
  • use a wide range of techniques in their work
  • explain why they have chosen certain techniques
  • overprint using different colours
  • look carefully at the methods they use and decide on their effectiveness
  • keep sketchbooks which contain detailed notes and quotes explaining items.
  • compare methods to those of others and keep notes in sketch books
  • combine graphics and text based research of commercial design
  • adapt and refine designs to reflect its meaning and purpose
  • create models on a range of scales
  • create work which is open to interpretation by an audience
  • include both tactile and visual elements
  • justify the materials they have chosen
  • combine pattern, tone and shape
  • use software packages to create pieces of art
  • plan and design a sculpture
  • use tools to carve, add shape, texture and pattern,
  • develop cutting and joining skills (wire/string and slips)
  • record styles and qualities in their own work
  • say what their work has been influenced by
  • include technical aspects in their work