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Art and Design

In Key Stage 3, students study a range of topics which allows them to investigate the use of different media including both 2D and 3D.

In Year 7, students study the basic principles of art, learning about tone, line, texture, composition etc. Students learn how to use a variety of media such as charcoal, pen and wash, watercolour paint, Brusho and print techniques. Under the theme of ‘natural forms’, students study artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and are encouraged to make connections with her work then develop their own ideas for a final piece. In their second project, students look at self-portraits across time, place and culture. They investigate relevant artists then develop ideas for a final mixed media self-portrait. (1 hour each week)

In Year 8, the initial project introduces students to Aboriginal Art. They begin by exploring symbols, patterns, colours found in Aboriginal Art. Then gain an understanding of the key aspects of Aboriginal culture and the important role of art. Students will then choose a creature that they will use as an icon for an aboriginal style image. They will design and create an Aboriginal –style painting. The second Year 8 project will develop students’ 3D skills and their ability to take creative risks. They explore the work of Claes Oldenburg then design and make large papier-mâché cakes. (1 hour each week)

In Year 9, students hone their ability in core art skills and are encouraged to work more independently on a Mask Making project and a Personal project. In addition, they undertake preparatory work for GCSE courses and all gain experience of using digital imaging software such as Photoshop and Illustrator. (1 hour each week)

Year 10 and 11 - GCSE Fine Art and GCSE Photography

Students in Key Stage 4 undertake two coursework projects and their exam from the AQA exam board. The coursework projects are structured in a way that will allow them to choose and work with their own individual theme. The time for each project is split into four, with each period being focused on one of the four assessment objectives. This structure encourages students to be more independent and ensures that they are fully prepared to undertake the exam at the end of their course. Each student is expected to undertake one hour’s homework each week. This time should be used to complete any unfinished pieces and to start new investigations. By the end of the course, students will have gained knowledge of a wide range of artists’ and designers’ work. Furthermore, students will be confident in techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking, papier-mâché, clay, photography, animation and computer graphics. (3 hours each week)

Extended learning


We have an Art club for KS3 students that runs every Tuesday lunchtime and a Y11 Art Club every Wednesday and Thursday from 3.05pm - 4 pm. Illustration Club takes place in the Learning Resource Centre every Thursday from 3.05 pm - 4 pm, all years are welcome.

Art Enrichment:

Each year, to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of Art and Design, we invite artists to work with both KS3 and KS4 classes. In addition, we take students out of the art rooms on enrichment trips art local and national galleries.

Art Homework

What kind of homework do we set?

KS3: Each half term, students are expected to complete 3 independent learning projects linked to their current classwork

Year 10 - Year 11: Although students are sometimes set task specific homework they are asked to ensure every task they start in lessons is completed in their own time. Individual extension work can be set for students who are able to complete work to the best of their ability inside lessons.

Where can students access their homework?

KS3: Each homework project is provided to students via the Art homework display board outside the art rooms. This can then be photographed for students. It can also be found on Office 365. (Requires login details).

Year 10 - Year 11: Found on Office 365. (Requires login details).

What about marking?

KS3: Homework will be marked with the rest of the project each half term as it forms an extended part of their learning for that theme. This is when feedback will be given to students.

Year 10 - Year 11: Students' homework will be marked along with the rest of their work when they complete their entire project.

What are the timescales for homework completion?

KS3: Competition homework project run every half term.

Year 10 - Year 11: If specific homework tasks are set then the deadline will be clearly laid out for the students to record in their homework planners.

How often is homework set?

KS3: Half termly projects.

Year 10 - Year 11: Students will be expected to complete one hour of independent Art work each week.

What resources are there to help students with their homework?

KS3: Resources will be displayed on the Art homework display board, including key websites/books that might help.

Year 10 - Year 11: The Art rooms are available for students to use and gain support after school, these sessions take place on Monday, Thursday and Friday 3:05pm - 4:15pm. During these sessions students will need to arrange access to the materials they require by speaking to Mrs Clement. They will need to work independently for the large part.

Who are the key staff we can contact?

Mr Ingham Head of Art or Mrs Clement Head of Creative Media and Teacher of Art