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Curriculum Intent Statement

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.

Students explore a wide range of techniques and materials and are taught how to draw, paint and sculpt as well as how to observe, review and refine. The intent is that students finish key stage 3 with an appreciation and knowledge of great 2D and 3D artists, designers and architects. From Year 9 onwards students are encouraged to work increasingly more independently, using and further developing their skills, producing personal responses to a group theme or starting point. The intent is for students to develop greater skill in technique, medium and awareness of discipline and self-expression. 

The Purpose of Knowledge Organisers
A knowledge organiser sets out the important, useful and powerful knowledge on a topic. For students to succeed in Art, they must have a foundation of factual knowledge, understand those facts and be able to apply them to a specific context. We at Priory Academy believe that the use of knowledge organisers can enhance and further students’ learning, therefore we are building them into our curriculum and are encouraging the use of them at home for home learning purposes and for revision. Please click on the correct year group and term for the current knowledge organiser being used.


Key Stage 2

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 centred 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





Colour Theory and Still Life





Mark making – observational drawing from primary and secondary sources, imaginative drawing, handling of mix media including ICT and use of perspective. 


Observational drawing and painting using a range of materials working from primary sources.



Colour mixing, painting techniques, observational painting, imaginative painting.

Sculpture – producing architecture bas-relief. 

Year 8 



German Expressionism

Transport / Perspective  



Mark making – observational drawing from primary and secondary sources, imaginative drawing. 

 – Producing a self portrait.



Lino Print –a series of Lino Prints developed from observational studies of portraits.




 Proportions and Perspective – a series of observational drawings and experiment with the Sgraffito technique with pastels and paints.



Course Overview – Year 9                                          

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 




Students have the opportunity to explore portraiture in lots of different ways.

Including drawing half a face, eyes, using painting techniques, exploring artists, using digital apps and producing a final A3 portrait.


Art  For Public Space



Independent Study, where students investigate and research art in the community. Students look at Art from other cultures, collecting information and developing ideas through observational research from primary and secondary sources 

Pop Art  Printmaking 



Students look at Pop Art from the 1950's-1960's, collecting information and developing ideas through observational research from primary and secondary sources. 

Printmaking- a series of Prints developed from observational studies



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


Mark making – observational drawing from primary and secondary sources.

Artist analysis and research 

Visual understanding and presentation 


Observational drawing and painting using a range of materials working from primary sources.

Exploration of mix media 

Composition, proportion and Perspective.

Imaginative drawing & painting



Mono printing 

Screen Printing 


Handling of mix media including ICT 


Year 11

Mock Exam

Independent Project 


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








Year 7 Knowledge Organisers

Year 8 Knowledge Organisers

Year 9 Knowledge Organisers

GCSE Knowledge Organisers

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