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Art Curriculum Intent

  • To enable students to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of art and design.
  • To allow students to explore and engage with a range of different art media and disciplines.
  • To provide students with the fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding to use their creativity as a means of self-expression.

Year 7

During Year 7 students have one lesson a week in our specialist Art room. Students have the opportunity to further learn and explore new techniques in Art that can help develop their fine motor skills, skills in communication and expression of ideas.

Students will have the opportunity to work in clay, they will learn printing and painting techniques and continue to develop their drawing skills and from time to time we will use photography and Computing. In year 7 students will learn about different artists and craftspeople and will also learn about the artwork of other cultures.

New skills are taught and occasional group work undertaken. Students learn new terminology and extend their vocabulary which relates to skills and techniques relevant to art and the art world. 

Autumn Fantastic Beasts
Spring Pop Art
Summer Aboriginal Art


Year 8 & 9

Students will develop the skills introduced in year 7 with the focus on beginning to create new and original works of art. Skills will build upon the formal elements of art to increase student proficiency and understanding. These skills include: 

  • Furthering an understanding of line, shape and mark making, exploring how this can convey emotion and expression. 

  • Progressing an understanding of colour theory and colour combinations, reflecting on the purpose of colour and what it may express. 

  • Increasing proficiency with a range of different art media and disciplines.  

In all years, students will be encouraged to reflect on the work of historical and contemporary artists, designers and cultures to inform their own designs. 

Cycle 1 Topic
Autumn Natural Form: Printmaking
Spring All About Me: Self-portrait
Summer Day of the Dead & Landscapes


Cycle 2 Topic
Autumn Gaudi: Clay Tiles
Spring Theory and Expression
Summer Japan


Year 10 & 11 Option

QUALIFICATION: OCR Art and Design Entry Level Certificate (Entry Levels 1-3)

Students concentrate on gaining a qualification in Art & Design with a focus on developing the independence to make creative decisions. The OCR Art & Design qualification has five areas of study (Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Photography, Textile Design, and Three-Dimensional Design)  Currently the school offers two differing lessons of the same subject and qualification. This is broken down into Art and Photography. Students are also selected to undertake a GCSE in Art & Design which is assessed using the same criteria to a higher standard. 

Students will develop the skills to meet the OCR assessment objectives, which include: 

The ability to undertake sustained research around a given topic (Art & Photography) 

To experiment with a range of different art media and explore a variety of art disciplines (Art) 

To experiment with a range of different camera and editing techniques and explore a variety of photography disciplines (Photography) 

To create a range of original ideas inspired by the work of historical and contemporary artists and designers (Art & Photography) 

To create a personal response relevant to the line of enquiry (Art & Photography) 


Year 10 Topic
Autumn Introduction to course: Expectations
Spring Portfolio work
Summer Portfolio work


Year 11 Topic
Autumn Portfolio work
Spring Portfolio work
Summer Final Piece: All work submitted for exam


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