Nurture Challenge Inspire

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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



Power of Humans

  • Proportions of the Human Body    (birds with Issues)
  • Arcimboldo


Power of the Earth

  • Observational studies of fruit and vegetables
  • Produce an Arcimboldo style piece

Year 8

My Values

  • Celebrations
  • Observational studies of cakes
  • Wayne Theibaud


Family Values

  • Paper Mache cakes
  • Claes Oldenburg


Clashes of Culture

  • Egyptian insects
  • Insect studies
  • Mandalas


Celebration of Culture

  • Day of the Dead
  • Lino Prints





The Power of Technology

  • Windmills





The Power of my voice





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.

If students choose to take GCSE Art they will be assessed on their portfolio (60%) and practical exam (40%)

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 Organic/Mechanic. 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 for the Year 10 mock exam.

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: Art, Craft and Design

Coursework: 60%

Externally Set Assignment: 40%

Extra Curricular Activities

The art department runs a weekly art club after school once a week (3.40-4.30pm) for years 7, 8 & 9.   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.


Term Dates

Term 1
Mon 2 & Tue 3 Sept 2019 – Inset days
Wed 4 Sept – Fri 25 Oct 2019
Autumn break – Mon 28 Oct – Fri 1 Nov 2019
Term 2
Mon 4 Nov – Thu 19 Dec 2019
Fri 8 Nov 2019 – Inset day