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What Will I Learn?

Students are introduced to the formal elements of Art through line, tone, texture, colour and form. All projects use key artists to inspire and inform. Students create group project based homework which reflects all the skills and processes taught in each unit of work. Students display their group homework project as a portfolio of work and support each other by working as a team. Students are encouraged to use specialist terms to develop their understanding of the subject.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Students are assessed in line with the national curriculum for art and design.

Peer assessment and teacher feedback through art critique.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?
  • Producing creative work through the exploration of ideas and experiences
  • Ability to draw, paint and demonstrate other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluating their own and others artwork using the language of art
  • Understanding art and artists through contextual research and written communication

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Students will have learnt new skills and processes to refine and develop in Year 8

What Will I Learn?

Students are introduced to abstract and expressive Art through a variety of key artists, skills and processes. Students have opportunities to develop concepts using a wider range of media such as mixed media painting, collage and collagraph printing. Students create their own project based homework which reflects all the skills and processes taught in each unit of work

Students display their own homework project as a portfolio of work and annotate each task using specialist terminology.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Students are assessed in line with the national curriculum for art and design.

Peer assessment and teacher feedback through art critique.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?
  • Producing creative work through the exploration of ideas and experiences
  • Ability to draw, paint and demonstrate other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluating their own and others artwork using the language of art
  • Understanding art and artists through contextual research and written communication

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Students will have learnt new skills and processes to refine and develop in Year 9. Students will be more confident in demonstrating the language of art through visual and written communication.

What Will I Learn?

Students are introduced to Art that inspires a more personal response. Students are given opportunities to experiment with a wider range of media, further develop skills using a range of more sophisticated techniques and to create work on a larger scale. Students are encouraged to present project based homework that demonstrates both visual and critical understanding of the project theme. Students evaluate their Art work through written evaluations, annotations using advanced specialist terminology.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Students are assessed in line with the national curriculum for art and design.

Peer assessment and teacher feedback through art critique.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?
  • Producing creative work through the exploration of ideas and experiences
  • Ability to draw, paint and demonstrate other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluating their own and others artwork using the language of art
  • Understanding art and artists through contextual research and written communication

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Students will adopt a more confident approach at KS4 by using all the skills and processes learnt throughout KS3. Students will be competent in demonstrating the language of art through visual and written communication. Although new skills are taught at KS4; the formal elements of KS3 are similar.

What Will I Learn?

Students study three themed units of work for their coursework portfolio (60% of their final GCSE grade using the Edexcel exam board). Students continue to develop their visual and conceptual understanding through the GCSE Fine Art disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture including ceramics and workshop based sessions as an extra-curricular activity. Students evaluate each unit of work through written evaluations and sketchbook annotations using advanced specialist terminology. Students are given one to one tutorials outside of lesson time to support their understanding of the assessment requirements at GCSE.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Students are assessed using the Edexcel assessment matrix for Portfolio/coursework.

The four assessment objectives explain how practical work and written communication is assessed on the GCSE course.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Students Will:

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of artists through written communication
  • Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses
  • Present a personal and meaningful response that realises your intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Students create an A1 coursework portfolio of Art work and sketchbooks to underpin their studies in Year 10. All skills and processes are taught in Year 10 so that a more independent approach can be utilised in Year 11.

What Will I Learn?

Students continue to work on their coursework portfolio before preparing for the Externally Set Assignment (40% of their final GSCE grade using the Edexcel exam board). The ESA is a themed question set by the exam board. Students undertake an independent preparatory period of study which allows them to communicate a meaningful and personal response using a range of skills and processes. Students are also expected to reflect on this period of study in terms of its effectiveness as a realisation of their intentions.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Students are assessed using the Edexcel assessment matrix for Portfolio/coursework and the ESA (externally set assignment).

The four assessment objectives explain how practical work and written communication is assessed on the GCSE course.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Students Will:

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of artists through written communication
  • Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses
  • Present a personal and meaningful response that realises your intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Students create an A1 portfolio of Art work and several sketchbooks to underpin their studies. This details the projects covered on the course and the ESA.

This provides evidence of all the skills and processes acquired on the GCSE Fine Art course