Our Curriculum Intent
The Art curriculum is delivered at both KS3 and KS4 by the head of the department and four other members of staff. The fully equipped rooms and are always commented on as being among the most stimulating in the school. At KS3 and KS4 we offer pupils the opportunity to explore both 2D and 3D work.
During Year 7 the pupils will be taught all of the basic crucial knowledge key concepts and glossary needed as a foundation to the subject. These concepts are the fundamentals that are needed throughout all projects in Art and Design. This year is an opportunity to revisit and recap all basic drawing skills and colour theory in order to ensure the crucial knowledge is remembered and applied consistently.
Year 8 is then used as an extension to year 7. During this year all pupils will explore and experience a broad base of creative skills and also have a taste of Photography and Textiles which makes effective links as they move into Year 9. The skills are sequenced using the assessment objective from the GCSE course.
At KS4 we offer Fine Art, Textiles and Photography all disciplines are examined by the OCR exam board, this being new for September 2019. Within the Fine Art syllabus, pupils will explore all types of drawing, painting, sculpture, and modelling with final outcomes that are of a non-functional Nature.
Year 9,10 and 11 Photography offer opportunities for pupils to explore both image manipulation and animation. The projects range from Portraiture to Natural form.
KS4 Textiles is new for September 2021 and seems to be a popular choice amongst students, within year 9 textiles the focus is crucial knowledge practical outcomes and this is then developed into brief lead projects in years 10 and 11. Within all subjects the pupils are given the opportunity to work independently and with creativity. We have seen a rise in numbers of pupils taking these creative subjects over the last few years.