Art and design: Upper Key Stage 2

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

Choose your unit - Year 5 and Year 6

Each year group features a topic focusing 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.

Year 5

Formal elements: Architecture

Drawing from observation, creating prints, drawing from different perspectives and learning about the role of an architect.

Art and design skills

Developing design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation skills – creating an invention, expanding on an observational drawing, using a poem to create a portrait and painting an enlarged section of a drawn collage

Year 5: Every picture tells a story

Exploring the meaning behind art – analyse the work of Banksy; making symmetry prints inspired by Rorschach, telling a story using emojis, reenacting a poignant war scene and taking inspiration from ceramic artist Odundo.

Design for a purpose

Designing to a given criteria; developing design ideas for a room interior, a coat of arms and a product to fit a given name

Year 6

Art and design skills

Developing design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation skills; designing a hat, creating zentangle patterns and prints, painting in an impressionist style and exploring the work of Edward Hopper.

Make my voice heard

Exploring art with a message, looking at the works of Pablo Picasso and Käthe Kollwitz and through the mediums of graffiti, drawing, painting and sculpture, creating artworks with a message


Developing photography skills – composition, colour, light, abstract image, underlying messages and capturing and presenting images in different ways.

Still life

Creating a variety of still life pieces influenced by different artists, using a range of mediums and showcasing work in the form of a memory box.