Art and design: Lower Key Stage 2

The scheme of work offers full curriculum coverage for Art & design. Units can be adapted to fit alternative themes and topics.

Choose your unit - Year 3 and Year 4

Each year group features a topic focussing on the explicit development of art, craft and design skills and on the formal elements of art: colour, form, line, shape, texture, tone and pattern. These skills are applied and developed further in the remaining topics, each comprising five lessons. Units can be taught in any order, as progression builds upon learning from the previous year. 

Year 3

Formal elements of art

Exploring shape and tone – identifying shapes in everyday objects, using shapes as guidelines to draw accurately from observation, creating form and shape using wire and shading from light to dark

Art and design skills

Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation – creating puppets, drawing from observation, learning the difference between a tint and a shade and creating a version of a cartoon drawn by a famous illustrator

Prehistoric art

Learning about how and why art was created thousands of years ago, making homemade paints from natural materials and replicating painting techniques from the past


Creating mood boards as inspiration, learning to tie-dye, weaving and sewing to create a range of effects using fabric.

Year 4

Formal elements of art

Exploring texture and pattern – developing a range of mark-making techniques, making and printing with textured stamps for printing, drawing ‘flip’ patterns and recreating a famous geometric pattern.

Art and design skills

Developing: design, drawing, craft, painting skills – creating an optical illusion print, making a plate in the famous willow pattern, carving soap, still life drawing, painting and mixing colours in the style of Paul Cézanne and learning about the role of a ‘curator’

Year 4: Every picture tells a story

Analysing works of art, using inference and prediction to explore what might be depicted and intended by the artists. Creating photo collages and abstract art inspired by the work explored.


Learning about the works of inspirational sculptors, creating 3D works of art, working with recycled materials and making collages.