Curriculum - Art

Welcome to the Art Department.


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I hope you enjoy viewing our website and you find the information and visuals helps to give you an understanding of what we are trying to achieve. In keeping with the school aims our fundamental expectations of students are that they take pride in their work, always strive to do their best and respect the work of others. It is also important that they enjoy their time here. Since opening our purpose-built department the subject has flourished. Our results at GCSE, Applied GCE and Advanced level are outstanding and to underline our success our annual exhibitions in the Assembly Rooms, Derby and summer exhibition in school are well known in the county.


Outside normal school hours Art staff give generously of their time and a range of extra curricular activities and experiences are offered to extend and enrich the experience of our students. Every year the department organises trips to all the major galleries. A highlight of our calendar is the residential visit abroad – New York, Paris, Rome, Barcelona and back to New York again in December 2008. Art continues to enjoy increasing popularity and numbers opting for the subject at Key Stage 4 and 5 are healthy. We are very proud of our record of examination success. We encourage each student to develop a range of practical skills, an enquiring mind and a consideration for our own and other cultures. Many of our students go on to study the subject at University – many of them go direct entry



The Department

Mrs Johnson

Mrs Callcut

Mr Cassidy

Ms Fox

Ms Bailey

Ms Shipley

Ms Jones

Art and Design is taught to all pupils in Years 7-9 for 1hour a week.  It is an option subject in the Upper School. Numbers opting for Art and Design are usually very good.  It is a popular choice. Year 10 and 11 pupils study the subject for 5 hours every 2 weeks.


The department has been successful in the past, particularly regarding examination results.  External moderators have all commented on the scale and variety of the examination projects. We run OCR courses at GCSE, A-level and AGCE (Advanced Double Award).  We believe this gives teachers a chance to use and experiment with a range and variety of materials and play to their strengths and specialisms.  It also suits our teaching styles and feelings about art and design education.


Art is taught in T4, T5, T6, T9 and T10. AGCE units are also taught in the Technology department.


Our fundamental expectations of students are that they take pride in their work, always strive to do their best and they respect the work of others. It is also important that they enjoy their time in the department. Our main aims in teaching art and design are to:


• Provide enjoyment and creative stimulation.

• Offer insights into our own and other cultures and encourage positive attitudes.

• Develop the individual's special aptitudes and interests and foster and encourage

           confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement.

•  Encourage experimentation and innovation through the inventive use of materials and techniques.




  Heads down. Year 10 students busy working on their studies developed from a trip to the British Museum, London





KS3 Art

General Organisation


In Key Stage 3 the Art and Design schemes of work consists of a series of half-termly units. Staff in the department work together to plan and deliver appropriate assignments to cover the full range of national curriculum targets and levels. There is also much overlap and linking between projects and pupils are encouraged to develop links between assignments wherever possible. We ensure that each assignment builds on previous learning and experience - we aim for continuity without unnecessary repetition.


The work done in Key Stage 3 is intended to form a complete course, starting with the groundwork in Year 7 and developing towards generating greater independence as students move into Year 9. Consequently teacher led topics gradually give way to more student centred, open-ended work as progress is made. Basic skills are taught in Year 7 that are then revisited and developed as pupils gain confidence.


Year 7


There are 10 mixed ability groups that study Art and Design for two hours every 2 weeks All Year 7 pupils will follow a scheme of work reflecting the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 3. Each scheme of work usually lasts about half a term. Past projects have included such things as the study of an artist, designer or movement, a study form direct observation, still-life, a material based study, colour, portraiture, perspective, patterns form our surroundings, Pop Art. Learning support is usually made available to pupils with learning difficulties.















Year 8


There are 12 mixed ability groups that study Art and Design for two hours every 2 weeks. Schemes of work continue to be guided by the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 but we will build upon the skills and approaches developed in Year 7. Projects include a 3-D Design ceramics project, an Observational Study and a Thematic Study. Learning support is usually made available to pupils with learning difficulties. See Course Plan for further details.















Year 9


There are 12 mixed ability groups that study Art and Design for two 2 hours every 2 weeks. Every effort is made to block groups on the timetable when possible. This gives the department greater flexibility and helps to share in good practice. Year 9 schemes of work are designed to give pupils a 'taster' of the GCSE should they wish to opt for it.


Projects in Year 9 tend to be:


An observation project


A critical/historical study - Cubism


A thematic project – Architecture – Gaudi


Reflection, Refraction, Distortion.


Each project lasts for about 10 weeks in which we introduce pupils to a variety of techniques and materials that they may not have experienced lower down the school. They also get a chance to work on larger pieces and in groups. Year 9 options take place around February/March.


Assessment, Recording and Reporting Continuous assessment, evaluation and recording are an important feature in the art and design course. Teachers regularly mark class work and homework and records kept.



Three times during the year in Key Stage 3 students undertake a ‘levelled test’ – to coincide with tracking and reporting to parents. These are marked in National Curriculum levels - 5a, 6c and so on.


In addition, Key Stage 3 pupils will also produce a pupil record of achievement at the end of every major project in which they identify strengths and weaknesses, as well as aims for the future. These will be kept by pupils in their sketchbooks and will always be available for parents to see.


All this information is reported back to parents three times a year in an annual report or Tracking.


In addition to teacher assessment, we believe it is important that pupils learn to evaluate their own and others work - assessment for learning. This is encouraged during lessons, through whole class discussion and by informal discussion between the teacher and the individual pupil. We see assessment for learning as a continuous initiative in which the information is used to plan individual development. It informs teaching and learning.



Year 10


In Year 10 GCSE pupils are divided into 4 or 5 mixed ability groups depending on numbers. Groups are blocked together on the timetable and are taught for 5 hours every 2 weeks. The Art rooms are T4, T5, T6, T9 and T10. Students follow the OCR Art and Design unendorsed course.  In Year 10 pupils get the chance to really study a topic in depth.  Each project lasts at least half a term but some may last a little longer.  Candidates may include drawing, painting, prints, collages, ceramics, design, textiles, photographs, written work, computer graphics and other 3-D materials in their projects.  In fact they will be encouraged to use a variety of different materials and techniques.  The purpose of doing all this is to find out where students strengths lay and to see which approaches they prefer to take.  For example, many of our pupils observation work is strong, others prefer working in 3-D, and so on.  This is good preparation for Year 11.


Last year the groups started Year 10 with a project which explored various aspects of African Art, they visited the British Museum in London before going on to make a range of (mainly) 2-D experiments which culminated in a large scale ceramics piece.

In the Summer Term, Year 10 students then developed their own self-identified brief.


Year 11


Year 11 GCSE candidates have already covered the main topics and approaches in Year 10 and should by now have established where their strengths lay. After the first few weeks the rest of the year is devoted to giving each candidate the opportunity to develop their own ideas in an individual way, whilst at the same time trying to link it to previous studies. Whole class tasks are not set so each pupil must take the responsibility for setting his or her own schemes of work. This is especially true in the mock exam. Students are free to develop their own ideas in materials of their choice.  This approach enables each pupil to develop in a way that is meaningful to them and not one that is directed by the teacher.  Some pupils are quick to catch on to this method of teaching and learning.  Others need more time and teacher assistance.  At the beginning of the Summer Term each candidate will sit a 10 hour externally set examination.


In Year 10 and 11 groups of students are split evenly and no attempt is made to set or band.  In Key Stage 4 every opportunity is made to make groups of equal ability and the ‘chemistry’ of each group is carefully considered.

















A-level Art in Year 12 and 13


There are usually 2 or 3 groups that study this subject for 10 one-hour periods every two weeks. They follow a scheme of work reflecting the requirements of the OCR syllabus. The introduction project in Year 12 last year was ‘Light source’ or Viewpoint’. It is likely to be repeated this year.

One of the main differences at this level is that students get the chance to pursue, extend and develop their studies of Art and Design to a greater depth than that required at GCSE.  The project usually lasts all term but there is sufficient flexibility in the course to allow some adjustments to be made when appropriate. Candidates may include drawings, paintings, prints, collage, designs, written work and other 3-D materials in their projects. In fact they are encouraged to use a variety of materials and techniques in their work.

The new syllabus is taught from September 2014.

See A-level file in Art office for further details.



AGCE Art and design in Year 12 and 13


The previous AVCE title has been replaced by the new GCE in Applied Art and Design.


Students will study this subject for 20 one-hour periods every 2 weeks. Some of them may also do another AS subject. They will follow a scheme of work reflecting the requirements of the OCR (Double Award) syllabus.


Students will be expected to achieve a GCSE grade B or above in either Art or their chosen Technology subject.


In Year 12 students will cover 6 AS units.


• Unit 1   2D and 3D skills, materials and techniques (Mandatory)

• Unit 2   Communication and meaning through visual language (Mandatory)

• Unit 3   Preparing and working to a brief (Mandatory)

• Unit 4   The creative process (Mandatory)

• Unit 8   Lens-based media and multimedia

• Unit 9   Fine art

See AGCE handbook for further details.


In Year 13 students will study another 6 A2 units in order to gain the full award. Progression through the 2 year course will provide a suitable qualification for the study of the subject at Foundation or Degree level in subjects related to

 Art and Design.


• Unit 10  Professional practice and progression (All staff)

• Unit 11 Decorative Imagery

• 3D Design Crafts

• Unit 17 Fine Art

• Unit 18 Textiles

• Unit 15 Graphics



A-level Art

Flight Path

The table below shows the Flight Path of targets our students will aim for in their journey throughout Key Stage 3. Meeting these challenging targets will represent outstanding progress that is significantly above the National Average. We hope that in some circumstances, students will exceed these targets.

Long Term Plan

Long Term Plans for Art can be downloaded here