Art – Painting

Subject Key Objective Progression & Development by Year Groups

The following is a guide to help you understand your child’s progression through school.

All lessons are differentiated. This means teachers plan activities that enable the objective to be learned by all children including those who will find the objective challenging, those children who with hard work will secure good progress and those children who can tackle extra stretch and challenge in this subject.

Art – Primary Curriculum


EYFS Painting:

Paint can be applied evenly and with some accuracy to create a finished product representing something from the real world.


Year 1 Painting:

Paint can be applied evenly, accurately and consistently to create a finished product representing something from the real world.


Year 2 Painting:

Paint can be applied accurately and consistently including some emergent highlights and lowlights representing depth in the real world.


Year 3 Painting:

Consistent and accurate painting coupled with a growing understanding of depth and tone results in a sophisticated representation of the real world.


Year 4 Painting:

Consistent and accurate painting coupled with a growing understanding of depth and tone results in a sophisticated representation of the real world with increasing independence.


Year 5 Painting:

Observational painting is accurate with highlights and lowlights used to create increasingly convincing depth, texture and realism.


Year 6 Painting:

Painting evidences convincing scale, depth, texture, and tone through the majority of a piece.


Mastery Painting:

Painting evidences consistently convincing scale, depth, texture and tone throughout a piece.

This collection of short films and resources will help you understand your child’s progression through school.

The curriculum film resource has been broken down by subject area initially and then by topic area.

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