Art and Design Year 5

Art and Design in Year 5:

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 5 Children can:

  • I can identify and draw objects and use marks and lines to produce texture.
  • I can successfully use shading to create mood and feeling.
  • I can organise line, tone, shape and colour to represent figures and forms in movement.
  • I can use shading to create mood and feeling.
  • I can express emotion in my art.
  • I can create an accurate print design following criteria.
  • I can use images which I have created, scanned and found; altering them where necessary to create art.
  • I can research the work of an artist and use their work to replicate a style.

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 5 Children can:

I can come up with a range of ideas after collecting information from different sources.
I can produce a detailed, step-by-step plan.
I can suggest alternative plans; outlining the positive features and draw backs.
I can explain how a product will appeal to a specific audience.
I can evaluate appearance and function against original criteria.
I can use a range of tools and equipment competently.
I can make a prototype before make a final version.
I show that I can be both hygienic and safe in the kitchen.



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