Art and Design Year 4

Art and Design in Year 4:

In Art

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Year 4 Children can:

  • I can show facial expressions and body language in sketches and paintings.
  • I can use marks and lines to show texture in my art.
  • I can use line, tone, shape and colour to represent figure and forms in movement.
  • I can show reflections in my art.
  • I can print onto different materials using at least four colours.
  • I can sculpt clay and other mouldable materials.
  • I can integrate my digital images into my art.
  • I can experiment with the styles used by other artists.
  • I can explain some of the features of art from historical periods.

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design


  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities


  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical knowledge

  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
  • Understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
  • Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

In cooking and nutrition:

  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
  • Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Year 4 Children can:

  • I can use ideas from other people when I am designing.
  • I can produce a plan and explain it.
  • I can evaluate and suggest improvements for my designs.
  • I can evaluate products for both their purpose and appearance.
  • I can explain how I have improved my original design.
  • I can present a product in an interesting way.
  • I can measure accurately.
  • I can persevere and adapt my work when my original ideas do not work.
  • I know how to be both hygienic and safe when using food.




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