Art and Design Year 2

Art and Design in Year 2:

In Year 1 and 2 in Art  Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Year 2 Children can:

  • I can choose and use three different grades of pencil when drawing.
  • I can use charcoal, pencil and pastel to create art.
  • I can use a viewfinder to focus on a specific part of an artefact before drawing it.
  • I can mix paint to create all the secondary colours.
  • I can create brown with paint.
  • I can create tints with paint by adding white.
  • I can create tones with paint by adding black.
  • I can create a printed piece of art by pressing, rolling, rubbing and stamping.
  • I can make a clay pot.
  • I can join two clay finger pots together.
  • I can use different effects within an IT paint package.
  • I can suggest how artists have used colour, pattern and shape.
  • I can create a piece of art in response to the work of another artist.

In Year 1 and 2 in Design Pupils should be taught:

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics


  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge

  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.

In cooking and nutrition at KS1

Pupils should be taught to:

Key stage 1

  • Use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
  • Understand where food comes from.

Year 2 children can:

  • I can think of an idea and plan what to do next.
  • I can choose tools and materials and explain why I have chosen them.
  • I can join materials and components in different ways.
  • I can explain what went well with my work.
  • I can explain why I have chosen specific textiles.
  • I can measure materials to use in a model or structure.
  • I can describe the ingredients I am using.

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