Curriculum Rationale in: Art
KS3 Curriculum Overview:
In the Art department, we deliver a two-year KS3 programme in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum in England. The aim of our programme is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
The content allows students to explore the basic formal elements of art and design such as line, tone, form, shape, pattern, texture and colour. We deliver three schemes of work per year that aim to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject, building upon a limited art and design experience at KS2.
In Yr 7 – Line and Mark making, Colour Theory and Pattern and Texture are covered.
In Yr 8 – Portraits, The Work of an Artist or Art movement and Tone and Form are covered.
In studying artists and, or, art movements within each scheme of work, students understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. By drawing inspiration from both western and non-western cultures, students begin to appreciate art in a wider context.
Y9 Curriculum Overview:
Year 9 acts as a foundation year for our learners. They are given the time and space to develop and refine key skills that they can then build upon as they begin their GCSE work in Year 9 and 10. Students learn about the importance of building a portfolio and are introduced to the ways in which other artists are studied.
KS4 Curriculum Overview:
Edexcel GCSE art and design is studied at KS4. The course is 60% coursework and 40% exam. During KS4, students prepare a personal portfolio. Skills learned at KS3 are refined, and the use of new media, techniques and processes broadens student’s skillset. There is a greater emphasis on personalised learning and students are encouraged to be independent in formulating their own line of enquiry. Themes of study reflect a more mature and personal approach where pupils are encouraged to express themselves freely. Pupils are taught to develop their creativity and ideas and increase proficiency in their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.
The skills developed at GCSE are as follows:
- To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas;
- To become confident using a wide range of techniques and media;
- To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials;
- To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work;
- To understand about the history of art, craft, design including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.