What we learn – Key Stage 3 Curriculum: Art

 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 7Baseline Assessment and introduction to drawing skillsApplying colour

Artist link:
Vincent Van Gogh
Expressive Mark making

Artist link:
Vincent Van Gogh
Printmaking and collage

Artist link:
Henri Matisse
Exploring Identity

Artist Link: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Sculpture project

Artist link:
Niki de St Phalle
Year 8Baseline Assessment and mark making

Artist Link: Giorgio Morandi
Day of the Dead

Artist link: Eduardo Posado
Colour Theory

Artist link:
Andy Warhol

Artist link: Pablo Picasso
and Shephard Fairey
Graphic Logo

Artist Link: Eduardo Paolozzi
Graphic Painting

Artist Link: Michael Craig-Martin
Year 9Baseline Assessment and technical drawing skillsDrawing Natural Forms

Artist Link: Georgia O’Keeffe
Natural Forms Sculpture

Artist Link: Yayoi Kusama
Pattern and Print

Artist Link: Angie Lewin
Macro Photography

Artist link: Karl Blossfeldt
GCSE Skills around the theme ‘Collections’

What we learn – Key Stage 4 Curriculum: GCSE Art and Design

 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 10Observational DrawingExperimentation with MediaArtist ResearchArtist ResponseIdea generationFinal Piece
Year 11Skills DevelopmentPresent Project & written responseExam ResearchExam PreparationExamExhibition

Over two years, students will explore visual art techniques, through artist studies and experimentation with materials and processes. This is a chance to develop drawing skills as well as exploring photography, textiles, sculpture and graphics. You will explore a theme resulting in high quality final pieces for public display. The qualification is made up of your portfolio work (60%) and an externally set task (40%) in which the examining body will set a theme for you to explore.

Choose this course if:

  • You enjoy the creative process, working on sustained and ambitious projects
  • You want to build resilience through risk taking and experimentation
  • You want to explore your personal thoughts and ideas through a personalised curriculum
  • You want to develop independence through responding to artworks and in depth artist research

What we learn – Key Stage 3 Curriculum: Design and Technology

 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 7Safety and HygieneWeighing and measuringTime managementCombining a range of materials and ingredientsDesigning for yourselfDesigning for someone else
Year 8Innovation, function and appealCommunicating ideasMoral and ethical designProperties and characteristics of materials and ingredientsSustainable design projectSustainable design project
Year 9Working with a clientResearch and using dataDesign and market a product Make and sell a productMake and sell a productMake and sell a product

What we learn – Key Stage 4/5 Curriculum: Design and Technology – BTEC Home Cooking Skills

 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
KS4/5Health and safety
Healthy living
Main course and desert practicePlan and make exam meal
Evaluate exam meal
Ways to economise
Sharing skills with others
Food life skills
(internally verified extension course)
Food life skills
(internally verified extension course)

What we learn – Key Stage 5 Curriculum: Art Design Technology

 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 12Focusing interests and arts skills auditResearching professional practitionersDiscovering arts opportunitiesParticipating in the artsPlanning an independent arts projectDelivering an independent arts project and evaluation
Year 13In depth exploration in to a chosen arts disciplineMaking connections with practicing artistsPlanning for a future within your chosen arts disciplineWork Experience in the wider arts communityDirecting and managing an art project with a small teamCollating evidence and public showing

Arts Award

This is your opportunity to grow your own talents, explore the arts, be a creative leader and get yourself a qualification. You can do an Arts Award in any area of the arts from fashion to poetry, rapping to dancing, and animation to film and we will strive to adapt the course to celebrate your individuality and existing skills. You can be the creator or performer of your own work, or develop your skills in essential roles like marketing or stage management. You’ll create a personal portfolio that shows off your creativity and results in a nationally recognised qualification.

Choose this course if:

  • You are a creative, but not interested in traditional visual art such as drawing
  • You want to pursue a career in the arts
  • You want to develop leadership skills
  • You want to work within groups and participate in the wider arts community

What can I do with Art?

The value of the creative industries is worth over 100 billion and is the fastest growing area of UK economics. An arts qualification is desirable for employment within the creative industries which includes the following:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Architecture
  • Crafts
  • Product; Graphic and Fashion Design
  • Film, TV, video and photography
  • IT, Software and Creative Tech
  • Publishing
  • Museums, Galleries and Libraries
  • Music, Performance and Visual Arts
  • Animation and VFX
  • Video Games