Art - Drawing

Key Objective Progression & Development by Year Groups

Lower Foundation Stage (Nursery)

Working at the expected standard

  • The child has an awareness of shape.​
  • They have some awareness of detail, e.g. eyes on a face.
  • A person is typically drawn as a large circular shape (head) with ‘legs’ coming from the ‘head’.
  • Can draw strong singular lines.​

Working above the expected (Exceeding)

  • The child has good awareness of shape.​
  • They have excellent awareness of detail, e.g. eyes on a face with eye brows above and nose below.
  • A face is drawn without arms or legs coming from the face.​
  • More than just singular lines are used.​

Upper Foundation Stage (Reception)​

Working at the expected standard (Secure)

  • The child is developing an awareness of textures and lines.​
  • They can recognise the shape of smaller detail within a bigger picture, e.g. needing smaller circles for eyes inside a larger circle for the face.​
  • Features and detail generally in the correct place. ​
  • Size and shapes used are becoming more appropriate. ​

Working above the expected (Exceeding)

  • The child notices finer detail, e.g. eye brows on a face. ​
  • Has a stronger understanding of the different uses of lines and textures and how these can be made.​
  • Their shading skills are developing, knowing that some parts of the picture are darker than others.​
  • Starting to use artistic vocabulary to describe their work, e.g. straight line/curved line.​
  • Explores different tools and their uses.

Lower Key Stage One (Year One)​

Working at the expected standard

  • The child has a more accurate understanding of shape. ​
  • They are beginning to use more realistic dimensions e.g. proportions of size of detail on a face. ​
  • Closely observes and applies detail and has some understanding of ‘attention to detail’.​
  • Can use dark and light lines to create different effects.

Upper Key Stage One (Year Two)​

Working at the expected standard

  • The child is developing precision in their drawing.​
  • They have the ability to draft , edit and evaluate their own work without taking it as criticism. ​
  • They can use a wider range of tools to create depth through shading.​
  • They are beginning to recognise the importance of angles to create proportion.
Awaiting Image

Working above the expected (Mastery)

  • The child is developing their own style as an artist.​
  • They can interpret famous artists to create a different piece of work in their style. ​
  • Their proportions are extremely accurate e.g. neck and jaw line on a portrait.​
  • Observations of drawings are accurate and they can use differing lines to add finer detail.​
  • They can suggest how to edit their own work and act upon this. ​
  • They can select the correct tools e.g. understanding how a 4B pencil is different from a 4H pencil.​
  • Has an excellent understanding of space and shape.