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In Art students can realise their maximum potential through developing their skills in a creative manner by promoting their independent learning, initiative, confidence and self-expression. Art will also give students a chance to enhance their skills in communication, evaluation, teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and decision making; skills that are transferable to other subjects in our curriculum and careers. The Art department is committed to teaching students to work safely, responsibly and with due respect for each other and the staff who work with them.

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 Outline:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 5

The Elements of Art

Line, Pattern, Colour



The Elements of Art

Tone, Shape, Texture

Cultural Art

African / Mexican Masks

2D/ 3D sculpture

Art history


Year 6

Medieval Art

Illuminated Manuscript

Calligraphy, Pattern, Colour 

Medieval Art

Bayeux Tapestry / Medieval castle

Story writing, Design / 2D Relief sculpture


Egyptian art

Pottery - using clay

Art history 



Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

In years 7/8 students will be introduced to a range of new techniques, materials, artists and themes. These experiences will set the foundations for developing as an effective artist and creative thinker.

Students will engage in practical tasks, discussion, group work and homework projects. The learning is centered around developing a balance of practical skills, knowledge and understanding. Students may experiment with both 2D and 3D formats and explore techniques including painting, printing, collage and sculpture. Understanding Artists work is crucial and students will learn to record and present information using key art terminology.

Drawing is seen as a fundamental art skill, which is encouraged and developed across all year groups. In year 8 students begin to develop a more realistic style of drawing and are taught the importance of keen observation, accurate line and use of tone. Pupils are given greater independence in their work and ownership over their outcome and well as learning about the research, presenting, refinement and development of work.


Key Stage 3 Outline:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7


*Poetry / Written piece *Recording their experience

*Henry Moore

*Exploring mixed media -Charcoal, ink, collage




Colour Theory / Still Life

*Study Picasso * Drawing *Painting




*Study Hundertwasser / Gaudi

Year 8


*Observational Drawings

German Expressionism

*Study Otto Dix/ Erich Heckel

*Linocut *Lino print


Pop Art

*Study Roy Lichtenstein

*Dot art *Composition


Course Overview – Year 9                                            

Students can opt to take Art in Year 9 and during this year students create a practise unit of course work, to prepare them well for GCSE. Year 9 students will become visually literate and will think creatively whilst learning to observe the world around them. Students will begin to understand the meaning, significance and contribution of Art, Design and Craft on contemporary culture; and will produce ideas through creative and technical methods. Students will experiment with a variety of Art media, materials, tools and equipment.


 Year 9 Outline:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9


*Study Frida Kahlo

*Engage in the creative process of art, craft and design

*Develop drawing skills

*Explore, refine and experiment with painting techniques


 Animals and their environment / Patterns

*Design / Craft / Sculpture / Painting

*Experiment with Digital Photography manipulating images of chosen animal / pattern using paint and applying various effects producing interesting digital images.

*Observational drawings, paintings, collages and relief



Art in the community

*Independent Study, where students investigates and researches the need of art in the community. 

*Study Contemporary artists

*Graffiti art

*Paper cut   







Key Stage 4

Course Overview – Year 10/11

Year 10/11 GCSE Art and Design currently follow the AQA exam board specification.

The GCSE course consists of two components with each being worth 60% and 40% of the final assessment.  Pupils are set a theme by their classroom teacher for component 1 and component 2 the students choose a theme set by AQA.  Within these components, pupils develop skills such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, critical analysis and evaluation.

Component 1 (Portfolio):           

Students will study a component of work on the topic set by their Art teacher such as ‘Natural forms’, ‘Figures’ and ‘In the news’. They will begin by creating a high quality drawings, then students will research and present Artist information that they have independently gathered. From this they will experiment with a wide range of media and techniques and finally they will design and make a final outcome in the style of their choice. This component will run from September through to December and will count for 60% of their overall GCSE grade.

Component 2 (Externally Set Task):       

Students will be asked to select an area of focus from a range of topics provided by the exam board.  They will need to work with the given theme to develop their chosen topic in the same format as Component 1. This component ends with a 10 hour exam where students will create their final piece in the style of their choice. Component 2 counts for 40% of their overall GCSE grade and will run from January to May (during year 11).


Coursework for Component 1 and Component 2 is internally assessed and externally moderated at the end of the course. Component 2 is an externally set task unit which allows students to choose from a list of given topics which are set by the exam board. During the externally set task unit they will be expected to work independently to research and create artwork in response to their chosen topic. They will also need to create an artistic response over 10 hours (2 days) under exam conditions. Coursework is marked at regular intervals to monitor progress and achievement and is submitted at the end of the course for final assessment.

                   Component 1 – Portfolio (60%)

  • Component 2 - Externally Set Task (40%) Theme set by the exam board and 10 hour controlled assessment at the end (requires students to produce a final outcome under exam conditions over 10 hrs)


 Key Stage 4 Outline:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

Natural Form

*Study Blossfeldt and Haeckel

*Drawings *Pen *Charcoal *Mix media *Painting *ICT / Photoshop exploration

Natural Form

*Study Angie Lewin


*Monoprint / Screen print / Lino Print

Figure Drawing

*Study Degas / Matisse

*Life Drawing

*Charcoal *Pen *Ink *Mix media


Year 11

Mock Exam

In the News

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

External Exam








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