Art & Design: Key Stage 1

Use these lessons as a full scheme or adapt the skills and techniques to your chosen theme or topic

About our key stage 1 art topics

Each year group features:

  • A Formal elements of art topic focussing on the explicit development of: colour, form, line, shape, texture, tone and pattern.
  • An Art and design skills topic focussing specifically on art, craft and design skills.

These skills are then applied and developed further in the other topics, either within that year group, or later year groups.

Topics can be taught in any order within the year group, although we do recommend starting with the Formal elements and Skills topics

Choose your topic

Year 1

5 lessons
Formal elements of art
Shape, line and colour
6 lessons
Art & design skills
Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation
5 lessons
Landscapes using different media
Example theme: the seaside, easy to adapt to other themes and topics including rainforests and woodlands
5 lessons
Sculptures and collages
Example theme: Living things

Year 2

5 lessons
Formal elements of art
Pattern, texture and tone
7 lessons
Art & design skills
Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation
5 lessons
Human form
Collage, portraits and sculpture
5 lessons
Sculpture and mixed media
Example theme: Superheroes