Art and Design Year 6

Art and Design in Year 6:

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 6 Children can:

  • I can explain why I have used different tools to create art.
  • I can explain why I have chosen specific techniques to create my art.
  • I can explain the style of my work and how it has been influenced by a famous artist.
  • I can over print to create different patterns.
  • I can use feedback to make amendments and improvement to my art.
  •  I can use a range of e-resources to create art.

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 6 Children can:

I can use market research to inform my plans and ideas.
I can follow and refine my plans.
I can justify my plans in a convincing way.
I can show that I consider culture and society in my plans and designs.
I show that I can test and evaluate my products.
I can explain how products should be stored and give reasons.
I can work within a budget.
I can evaluate my product against clear criteria.



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