Art - Painting

Key Objective Progression & Development by Year Groups

Lower Foundation Stage (Nursery)

Working at the expected standard

  • The child applies paint to the painting accurately showing an awareness of where to/where not to paint.​
  • The paint is evenly applied.​
  • Colours (pre-mixed) were sometimes chosen appropriately.​
  • They added some simple features.​

Working above the expected (Exceeding)

  • The child applies paint to the painting accurately showing an awareness of where to/where not to paint.​
  • The paint is evenly applied.​
  • Colours (pre-mixed) were chosen appropriately.​
  • They show an understanding of simple shapes.

Upper Foundation Stage (Reception)​

Working at the expected standard (Secure)

  • The child carefully selects colours for a purpose.​
  • They use their fine and gross motor skills showing the use of some strokes.​
  • Some tools are used effectively. ​
  • Observational skills are used and place key features such as eyes correctly. ​
  • Lines both straight and curved are used.

Working above the expected (Exceeding)

  • The child notices finer details and adds these to their paintings. ​
  • Colours are mixed for the purpose of the painting.​
  • Paint is applied more evenly and they choose tools more carefully.​
  • They show an increasing control when using the paintbrush.​
  • They show an awareness of shape e.g. eyes.

Lower Key Stage One (Year One)​

Working at the expected standard

  • The child has some understanding of tint and tone to mix a more accurate colour e.g. skin tone. ​
  • They show a good understanding of mixing primary colours to make secondary colours. ​
  • Selects tools for desired effect.​
  • Can add careful detail.

Upper Key Stage One (Year Two)​

Working at the expected standard

  • The child shows a more refined understanding of colour mixing for a purpose.​
  • They use a wider selection of tools and choose the most appropriate for the task.​
  • They have an understanding of how shadow can add definition.​
  • They show good observational skills when studying their subject.​
  • They use small tools to add detail.

Working above the expected (Mastery)

  • The child has looked carefully at the key features of their subject, they have applied these accurately in their painting.​
  • The piece of artwork has been drafted and edited over a series of art sessions. ​
  • A large selection of tools were available and were chosen accurately to achieve the desired effect. ​
  • Create texture using line/layering of paint.​
  • Very accurate use of colour mixing including tinting and toning.​
  • Has a good understanding of proportions and has painted features in the correct place.​