Art and Design is taught once a week in key stage three in mixed ability groups by Miss Jenkinson. The work done in Key Stage 3 is intended to develop a breath of knowledge and confidence with different materials and concepts. Starting with the groundwork in Year 7 and developing towards generating greater independence as students move into Year 9. During year 7 the units studied are mainly teacher led making way for a student centred approach towards the end of year 7 and beyond, building upon skills learnt and continually developing. Basic skills are taught in Year 7 looking at the visual elements that are then revisited and developed as pupils gain confidence and independence. Units are designed so that students gain a breath of experiences and skills so that they can develop their own art personality in year 9 and beyond if they chose to take the subject into GCSE study.

Year 7

During year 7 students are taught basic art and design skills in a series of mini projects. These projects are based around the visual elements, starting with a mini drawing project, focusing on Line, Tone, form and composition.  Students will then move onto looking at colour and pattern and create a series of work which will give them experience and confidence. In term 6 students will then work on a project that will tie all of these skills together.


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Year 8

Students are taught once a week in mixed ability groups by Miss Jenkinson. Year 8 are taught three different projects throughout the year which build upon the skills that they developed in year 7.

Year 8 will start with a Bugs and Insects project where they will develop their drawing skills, application of Tone and colour using materials such as water colour and pencil crayons, students will also develop their printmaking skills. The students will look at different artists and create a final outcome Bugs poster.

Year 8 will then move onto a project looking at Jim Dine. They will create several prints and look at different drawing techniques. Students will then begin to think about 3D work and create a sculpture of a tool.

The final project in year 8 is a cultural project. Students will look at Japanese art and create a series of drawings. Students will then look into Kirigami art and create some paper cut outs as well as Origami.







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Year 9

Year 9 are taught once a week in mixed ability groups by Miss Jenkinson. Year 9 is a very independent year where students will direct a lot of their learning and work confidently with different materials. Students complete three projects throughout the year.

The first projects students complete is the Jon Burgerman project. Students work in the style of Burgerman looking at doodling and illustration. Students will learn to draw from their own perception and think about how they see things and how this can be very different to the way others see things. Students will work a lot with colour in this project; they will also build upon their critical skills unpicking different pieces of art work to develop their understanding.

Project two student’s work on a distorted portrait project linked with surrealism. Students will develop their drawing skills and skills working with collage and different media. Students will develop their critical skills and learn to analyse different pieces of art work.

The third project students will work on is a 3D project looking into the architect Terunobu Fijimon. Students will look into this designers work and think about 3D structures and how architecture fits into the art and design category. Students will work independently on this project and will develop their skills with different media as well as their sculpture skills.

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Assessment at Key Stage 3

Every term students will complete a levelled assessment. This will form the level that is sent home to parents in the data snapshot. This level is important for students to see where they are currently working at and enable students to think about what they need to do in order to hit their target level. Students will be given feedback after each assessment which will show targets. The students will then make an action plan of how to hit these targets.

Students are assessed in four different areas in Art and Design. Creativity, competence, cultural and critical. Students have a grid in the front of their sketch books which show each criteria and how to hit each level. Students are informed of which criteria we are working towards at the start of each project.

As well as formal assessment. It is important that students give and received feedback each lesson in order to progress. Students will use Directed Improvement Reflection Time (DIRT) in lesson to give feedback and targets and are given time to hit these targets and reflect on their work. This way students are given immediate feedback and this is very much student led which is important in art.

Student are also given feedback by Miss Jenkinson, this could be in the form of a mid-point feedback during a piece of work, or verbal feedback in lesson.

 Homework Projects

In Key stage three students are given the homework menu at the start of the year. Students are given a project each term that they must complete. Students are able to select homework from a list of three that vary in difficulty. Students must spend half an hour a week on their homework. Spot checks take place throughout the term to see the progress of the homework.

The homework menu can be found on the website.

AQA GCSE Art and Design Unendorsed

GCSE Art and Design provides students with a range of creative, exciting and inspiring opportunities to explore their interests in Art and Design in ways that are significant and developmental. In addition it provides:

  • A range of options with a broad course in Art and Design.
  • A strong and appropriate foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as our A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.

Skills Students Develop

  • creativity
  • imagination
  • critical thinking skills
  • investigation and experimentation
  • the development of ideas from first-hand experience and, where appropriate, secondary source materials.

How is the Course Structured?

The GCSE Art & Design course consists of two parts.  Unit one which consists of three projects and unit two which is the externally set assignment – the timed examination.


Component Completion % of final GCSE grade Method of Assessment Requirements

Unit one

Consisting of three projects.

To be completed during lesson time and for homework 60%

Internally set

Internally marked

Externally moderated

Must include Sketch book work and must show evidence of all assessment objectives

Unit two

Externally set


Eight weeks preparation time

Ten hours timed examination


Externally set

Internally marked

Externally moderated

Must show evidence of all assessment objectives


In the January of year 11 students will received the externally set task from the exam board. This will be a number of titles set out with some artists attached. Students will decide on a title and create a body of work showing the development and thought processes around their chosen title. Students will then sit their 10 hour examination where they will create their realisation of intentions outcome. The exam will be 10 hours long sat in 2 school days. 5 Hours each day.

Lesson Time

London Trip January 2014

London Trip January 2014

Students will work on three projects throughout year 10 and term one and two of year 11. Students will create a body of work which will base their unit one portfolio of work. The students will create a body of work around the title ‘under the sea’; Typography and then the students will complete a mock external paper using last year’s externally set task.  Students will also attend a trip to London in term three. We will visit some of the main galleries in London so that students can observe some influential pieces of art work in the flesh but also gain the experience of visiting our vibrant capital.


This course will suit you if you:

  • like to use different materials and processes to develop your visual skills
  • are creative, enthusiastic and imaginative
  • are willing to experiment and to take risks when you are trying out your ideas
  • are able to work independently and like to visit art galleries and museums to make your work more informed and interesting
  • Like communicating your ideas, opinions and addressing issues
  • Have an interest in a certain area of Art and Design
  • Are hard working

For further information contact Miss Jenkinson


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