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Curriculum Intent

The Art department aims to develop a curriculum which:

  • Allows students to develop skills in a broad range of materials and techniques, develop confidence and express themselves creatively.
  • Provides students with the opportunity to become independent problem solvers, with the confidence to attempt anything new.
  • Introduces students to a wide range of cultures and viewpoints, opening their eyes to a different way of seeing things.

Curriculum Information

Year 7

This is Me

  • Self-Portraits
  • Colour Theory – primary, secondary and complimentary colours
  • Life and work of Van Gogh


This is Us

  • Animal drawings
  • Hybrids
  • Gargoyles
  • Clay models




Genius of the Past

  • Inventors
  • Andy Warhol
  • Repeat Poly print





Inventions of the Future

  • Mechanical parts
  • Observational pen and ink studies
  • Futurism and Cubism



Power of Humans

  • Proportions of the Human Body
  • Sculpture
  • Giacometti


Power of the Earth

  • Natural Form
  • Aboriginal art



Year 8

My Values

  • Celebrations
  • Observational studies of cakes
  • Wayne Theibaud and Sarah Graham


Family Values

  • Paper Mache cakes
  • Claes Oldenburg


Clashes of Culture

  • Egyptian art
  • Insect studies


Celebration of Culture

  • Mandalas
  • Damien Hirst



The Power of Technology

  • Technology based still life
  • Printing techniques



The Power of my voice

  • Portraits
  • Text
  • Mono print
  • Textiles
Year 9
Students will be introduced to the My World Project. This will give the year group an insight into what makes a successful body of work at GCSE. Using the theme, students will be able to experiment with a number of different materials and techniques including collage, stencilling and acrylic paints. They have the opportunity to produce more personalised final pieces that have been developed from an image of an inspirational person. Alongside the practical aspect, students will be taught about the work of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Grayson Perry and Egyptian pots.


GCSE Exam board information

GSCE Art and Design

Component 1 – Portfolio 60% of GCSE

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment 40% of GCSE

Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time.


Year 10

Students will be introduced to a project called Food and Drink. This will introduce the GCSE course and will help students understand the assessment objectives and what is expected in a GCSE coursework project. Students will be introduced to new materials and learn new techniques whilst also having the opportunity to improve on existing ones. They will also produce a sketchbook which will include looking at the work of other artists and experimenting with presentation. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own ideas when designing a final outcome. The second project is on ‘Natural Form’, followed a final coursework project on the theme of ‘Identity’.

Extra Curricular Activities

The art department runs a weekly art club after school twice a week (3.40-4.30pm) for years 10 and 11.   Students have the opportunity to work on their own art pieces or small group projects. An extended learning club runs once a week during lunchtime to enable students to use the materials in the art department.

These will not run during COVID-19 restrictions.


Term Dates


Term 5

Mon 17 April 2023 – Fri 26 May 2023

Half term – Mon 29 May 2023 – Fri 2 Jun 2023

Term 6

Mon 5 June 2023 – Fri 21 July 2023