Key Stage 3

Collage of artwork

Aims and Objectives

At Key Stage 3, learners build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 2. They achieve this through an increased ability to make connection between their creative investigations in the making of their own work and the work of other artist craft workers and designers. Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination by encouraging pupils to challenge assumptions, look at things in a new way, be receptive to new ideas and make informed judgements and practical decisions to communicate their ideas and feelings. They become increasingly independent in their choice of materials and processes, and from past experiences gain confidence in applying visual, tactile and sensory language. Exploration, appreciation and enjoyment in art and design enriches learners’ personal and public lives.

Year 7

  • Unit 1 - Colour.
  • Unit 2 - Portraits.
  • Unit 3 - Proportion, Scale and Perspective.

Year 8

  • Unit 4 - Patterns.
  • Unit 5 - 3 Dimensional.
  • Unit 6 - Still life.

Year 9

  • Unit 7 - Mask Making.
  • Unit 8 - The Environment.
  • Unit 9 - Moods.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) - years 10 & 11

Collage of Artwork

Aims and Objectives

Following a course in GCSE Art & Design should encourage learners to:

  • be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying
  • and worthwhile course of study;
  • actively engage in the process of art and design in order to develop as
  • effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with
  • enquiring minds;
  • develop creative skills through learning to use imaginative and intuitive
  • powers when exploring and creating images and artefacts that are original
  • and of value;
  • become confident in taking risks and learning from their mistakes when
  • exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques;
  • develop competence, and increasing independence, refining and developing
  • ideas and proposals, personal outcomes or solutions;
  • learn to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of
  • media, materials and techniques including; when appropriate; traditional and
  • new media and technologies;
  • develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft,
  • design, media and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts,
  • societies and cultures;
  • develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental,
  • interpretive, practical, technical and expressive skills to develop as effective
  • and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring
  • minds;
  • develop personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience,
  • perseverance, self-discipline and commitment;

Year 10

  • Unit 1 -Printing.
  • Unit 2 -3 Dimensional.
  • Unit 3 -Self-Portrait.

Year 11

  • Unit 4 -Pupil generated.
  • Exam
  • Controlled Assessment 1 (Portfolio 60%) 120 marks
  • Controlled Assessment 2 (Sustained Focus 40%) 80 marks

Key Stage 5 (‘A’ level) - years 12 & 13

Collage of Artwork

Aims and Objectives

The AS/A level specification in Art and Design encourages students to develop:

  • intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers;
  • investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills,
  • aesthetic understanding and critical judgement;
  • independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas, refining their own
  • intentions and personal outcomes;
  • an interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of art, craft and design;
  • the experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and
  • new media and technologies;
  • an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes
  • and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate;
  • experience of working within relevant and real frameworks and, where appropriate,
  • make links to the creative industries;
  • knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and
  • technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures;
  • an awareness of different roles, functions and audiences and consumers of art,
  • craft and design practice.

Year 12

  • Ar1 - Portrait and pupil generated second outcome.
  • Ar2 -Exam.

Year 13

  • Ar3 - Personal investigation.
  • Ar4 - Exam.
  • ART1 Candidate Portfolio 60% - 120 marks
  • ART2 Controlled Assignment 40% - 80 marks
  • ART3 Personal Investigation 60% - 120 marks
  • ART4 Controlled Assignment 40% - 80 marks (including Stretch and Challenge)