Art and Design

Art & Design is taught in a purpose-built and well-resourced building with separate rooms for Pottery, Art and Textiles. Our KS2 & 3 teaching and learning links to the national curriculum. At these stages, our focus is on engagement and enjoyment and these are the markers for progress in lower school. We have a flexible approach to learning to encourage creativity and to allow our children and young people space for opportunity, exploration, experience and discovery. The skills accrued by students at KS2 & 3 will equip them for more specialised study at KS4, through level 1 and level 2 courses.

Curriculum Overview

Year Topics
KS2
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Design
  • Keeping a sketchbook
  • Study of artists/art movements
  • Printmaking
  • 3-D modelling
  • Pottery
  • Textile Design
KS3
  • As above plus…
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • We also offer Arts Award Discover and Explore
KS4 Edexcel GCSE Art, Craft & Design 
This is a level 2 qualification, marked from grades 1-9. The course is assessed through a portfolio of work prepared over a two-year period and an exam project culminating in a 10-hour timed practical exam at the end of Year 11. Pupils have the opportunity to work in and experiment with a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, to study artists, art and cultural movements and to express their learning in a personal response at the end of each topic studied.BTEC Level 1 Introductory Award in Art & Design
The Introductory Award offers a taste of the art & design sector and could be studied alongside other subjects. Although a one-year course, students can continue to study for a Level 1 Introductory Certificate in the second year, equivalent to a GCSE at grades 1-3.Arts Award Bronze (level 1), Silver (level 2)
Both can be covered in one year and give students more control and choice over what they study and how they present their work. Both qualifications involve taking part in the Arts, researching an artist/craftsperson, experiencing the arts as an audience member and sharing a skill with others.

Student’s Art Gallery

We made ‘Identity Boxes’ about ourselves after studying the artist Joseph Cornell.
Joseph Cornell made what he called ‘Shadow Boxes’ about imagined journeys, although he only once left his home in New York. Our boxes are about us and things we love, and we made them as part of our Arts Award Explore qualification.’

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