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Art and design key stage 2

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This content relates to the 1999 programmes of study and attainment targets.

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Teaching should ensure that 'investigating and making' includes 'exploring and developing ideas' and 'evaluating and developing work'. 'Knowledge and understanding' should inform this process.

Explanatory text

During key stage 2 pupils develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities. These help to build on their skills and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. They increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures. They become more confident in using visual and tactile elements and materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.

Note

The general teaching requirement for health and safety applies in this subject.

Knowledge, skills and understanding

Exploring and developing ideas

1. Pupils should be taught to:

  1. record from experience and imagination, to select and record from first-hand observation and to explore ideas for different purposes
  2. question and make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work
  3. collect visual and other information [for example, images, materials] to help them develop their ideas, including using a sketchbook.

Investigating and making art, craft and design

2. Pupils should be taught to:

  1. investigate and combine visual and tactile qualities of materials and processes and to match these qualities to the purpose of the work
  2. apply their experience of materials and processes, including drawing, developing their control of tools and techniques
  3. use a variety of methods and approaches to communicate observations, ideas and feelings, and to design and make images and artefacts.

Evaluating and developing work

3. Pupils should be taught to:

  1. compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others' work and say what they think and feel about them
  2. adapt their work according to their views and describe how they might develop it further.

Knowledge and understanding

4. Pupils should be taught about:

  1. visual and tactile elements, including colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space, and how these elements can be combined and organised for different purposes
  2. materials and processes used in art, craft and design and how these can be matched to ideas and intentions
  3. the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times and cultures [for example, Western Europe and the wider world].

Explanatory text

Note for 1b

Cross reference to English

En1 Speaking and listening: Listening

2. To listen, understand and respond appropriately to others, pupils should be taught to:

b. ask relevant questions to clarify, extend and follow up ideas
e. respond to others appropriately, taking into account what they say

Note for 1c

ICT opportunity

Pupils could use digital and video cameras to record observations.

Note for 2b

Cross reference to design and technology

Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products

2. Pupils should be taught to:

d. measure, mark out, cut and shape a range of materials, and assemble, join and combine components and materials accurately

ICT opportunity

Pupils could use digital images as a starting point for creative textile work.

Note for 3a

Cross reference to English

En1 Speaking and listening: Group discussion and interaction

3. To talk effectively as members of a group, pupils should be taught to:

b. vary contributions to suit the activity and purpose, including exploratory and tentative comments where ideas are being collected together, and reasoned, evaluative comments as discussion moves to conclusions or actions
c. qualify or justify what they think after listening to others' questions or accounts

ICT opportunity

Pupils could develop their own class art gallery on the school website.

Note for 4a

Cross reference to mathematics

Ma3 Shape, space and measures: Understanding properties of shape

2. Pupils should be taught to:

d. visualise 3-D shapes from 2-D drawings

Ma3 Shape, space and measures: Understanding properties of position and movement

3. Pupils should be taught to:

b. transform objects in practical situations; transform images using ICT; visualise and predict the position of a shape following a rotation, reflection or translation

Breadth of study

5. During the key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding through:

  1. exploring a range of starting points for practical work [for example, themselves, their experiences, images, stories, drama, music, natural and made objects and environments]
  2. working on their own, and collaborating with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales
  3. using a range of materials and processes, including ICT [for example, painting, collage, print making, digital media, textiles, sculpture]
  4. investigating art, craft and design in the locality and in a variety of genres, styles and traditions [for example, in original and reproduction form, during visits to museums, galleries and sites, on the internet].

This content relates to the 1999 programmes of study and attainment targets.

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