About KS3 curriculum (Y7-9)
Years 7-8 are taught in their form classes. They have 2 lessons per fortnight.
Year 9 are taught through the two parallel populations X and Y. Classes are mixed ability groups.
What is included in the course?
Students will explore a rich and diverse world of art and culture. They will discover and be inspired by different styles of art, craft and design from all over the world. They will experience new techniques and processes which will help them to develop confidence and independence when expressing their own creativity. They will have the opportunity to work in two or three dimensions when creating their own works of art. Students will learn why people create and express themselves through art, craft and design.
Observing art first hand is a priority for the art department. We try to provide opportunities for learners to visit art galleries and museums along with bringing practising artists into the department for students to learn and develop understanding of how a practising artist makes a living and creates work using a variety of techniques and processes. We encourage students to further explore and enrich their own journey of understanding art and design that inspires them.
We provide a weekly Key Stage 3 at club so that students have the opportunity to develop their skills further with a wide variety of materials and techniques. There is also a weekly opportunity for learners to complete home learning tasks in the department after school too.
At Key Stage 4, we provide weekly workshops where students are welcome most days to come and complete work using our materials after school.
We provide a materials loaning service for all learners, to ensure that they have the materials needed to complete home learning and extension tasks.
KS3 Assessments and Examinations
Assessment is completed through teacher assessment of on–going work and through the common assessments which are moderated within the department.
End of year examinations are used to support summative assessment in the summer term. These are used to provide an indication of a students’ ability to perform under examination conditions and to help assess an individual’s depth of understanding.
From the very beginning of year 7 students are taught about the health and safety aspects of working in art rooms and using a variety of materials and processes safely and respectfully. Along with this, they are taught about the need for high levels of co-operation and teamwork, they are given opportunities to develop both practical and social skills. Opportunities for creating independent learning are integral to projects.
We follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design which stipulates:
‘Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, 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. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.’
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
Key stage 3
Pupils should be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.
Pupils should be taught:
Each project lasts between 10-12 lessons and is assessed as part of an ongoing process which is broken down into four different skill sets of recording and using control with a variety of materials, understanding and analysing different types of art, developing creative and imaginative ideas with increasing independence and creating final outcomes that have strong links to work gone before, showing skill and control with materials. Independence and investigation are encouraged to further personalise students own art journey.
End of year examinations are used as part of a summative assessment in the summer term. A range of teaching and learning styles are used across the topics and there is opportunity for teacher-led lessons as well as independent learning tasks throughout each year, varying from project to project. In addition, depending on the theme being studied, the materials and processes used are varied.
The year 7 curriculum focuses on the basic key concepts and principles of art and design including the formal, basic elements of art and design which include colour, shape, form, line, tone, pattern, and texture and how, with this basic foundation knowledge, other art experiences can develop. Students begin to explore different types of art and the exciting, different ways that art can be created, both two and three dimensional work are explored. They have opportunities to discover ideas about Western and non-western art and design through a cultural masks project.
Year 8 builds on the experiences from year 7 and begins to look in more depth at the principles of art and design. These are contrast, balance, rhythm, unity, variety, movement and space. Clay making techniques and Gothic architecture are a focus during the first term. This then moves to portrait and abstract art. The year concludes with a project that explores sea life through a variety of mixed media processes and techniques.
Year 9 start a new carousel Expressive Arts curriculum this year. They all experience an intensive 9-week Art project having 4 lessons over a fortnight. The extended Art project is based on Architecture and is designed to give students a taste of all 4 GCSE Assessment Objectives to prepare students for GCSE AQA Art. The project covers a range of artists and architects, techniques and styles of art. Students will look at 4 main artists/ architects in detail and then design their own abstract building sculptures, creating a personal 3D response. The second project focusses on bugs and creepy crawlies. We explore the qualities of mixed media processes to create a personalise final outcome inspired by a variety of artists and makers. This allows the students to direct their work in a more personal way to suit their preferred creating style.
Years 10 & 11
The way sources inspire the development of ideas, relevant to fine art including: • how sources relate to individual, social, historical, environmental, cultural, ethical and/or issues-based contexts how ideas, themes, forms, feelings and concerns can inspire personally determined responses that are primarily aesthetic, intellectual or conceptual.
What grades are available?
The GCSE course is worth a full GCSE with a grade from 1-9. Grade 9 being the top grade.
How will I be assessed?
The GCSE course follows the 9-1 grading system. Grade 9 is the highest grade.
Tips and advice?
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