Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

Year 7 - Throughout this year you will develop your ability to draw, paint and print using a wide variety of media and techniques. You will experiment with each of the formal elements and develop your understanding of other Artists as you create your sketchbook.

Year 8 - Throughout this year you will develop your ability to use different materials and techniques to create your work, while exploring the environmental, Land-Art and recycled work of a selection of new Artists. During this project, you will develop the work for your Bronze level Art Award.

Year 9 - Throughout this year you will develop experiments based upon Artists and visual styles from different cultures, including Egyptian and/or Aboriginal culture. You will explore the work of contemporary Artists such as Banksy, Michael Craig-Martin and Shepard Fairey, and consider contemporary issues in British culture.

Year 7 Curriculum overview: You will develop your drawing skills using line, tone and mark making techniques in pencil, charcoal and pen and refine your observational drawing skills. You will experiment with different types of paint and develop your ability to apply colour theory through your paintings based upon natural forms and the work of Georgia O’Keefe. You will refine your ability to use printmaking techniques through mono print and Colorgraph experiments.

Year 7 Students learning will be assessed by: Sketchbooks will be continually assessed using AQA GCSE criteria, with main assessments recorded once every half term. Students will be expected to respond individually to the feedback received and demonstrate a proactive approach to the development of their work.

Year 8 Curriculum overview: You will research the work of contemporary Artists who explore the environment in their practice. This will include two contemporary female sculptors who use recycled materials to create large scale pieces based upon natural forms. You will develop an understanding of the way Artists explore the subjects of environmental change and climate in their work. You will work with plastics, recycled materials and printmaking to create your work.

Year 8 Students learning will be assessed by: Sketchbooks will be continually assessed using AQA GCSE criteria, with main assessments recorded once every half term. Students will be expected to respond individually to the feedback received and demonstrate a proactive approach to the development of their work. Art Award work will be assessed at key points through specific assessment sheets and feedback will be given by your Art Award leader.

Year 9 Curriculum overview: In year 9 you will consolidate the techniques and processes you have developed in the previous two years, employing a wide range of drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media techniques in the development of your work. You will further refine your drawing skills through a series of drawing tasks, and will employ Photography techniques in the development of your ideas.

Year 9 Students learning will be assessed by: Sketchbooks will be continually assessed using AQA GCSE criteria, with main assessments recorded once every half term. Students will be expected to respond individually to the feedback received and demonstrate a proactive approach to the development of their work.

Key Stage 4 Courses

Students in Years 10 & 11 can choose to study GCSE Art, Craft & Design, Photography or Textiles.

Details of these courses are available from the linked resources on this page.

Department Staff

Miss A Bowman Teacher of Art Contact
Mr E Clark Head of Art & Photography Contact
Mrs K Farrugia Technician Contact
Miss L Nichol Teacher of Art Contact
Mrs E Pearl Technician Contact
Mrs F Raleigh Teacher of Art Contact