Curriculum Overview




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.

Key Stage 3 Content:

Year 7:
  • Project 1: Insect Collage’s inspire by the work of E.A.Seguy.
  • Project 2: Exploring colour theory and landscape through the work of the Impressionist’s.
  • Project 3: Portraiture.

Year 8:
  • Project 1: Egyptian Art.
  • Project 2: Landscapes inspired by Hundertwasser.
  • Project 3: Ceramic fish.
Year 9:
  • Project 1: Pop Art.
  • Project 2: Manipulated still life.
  • Project 3: Portraiture.

Number of lessons per year group – 1 lesson/ 100 minutes per fortnight.

Key Stage 4 Content:

Pupils explore the 4 assessment objectives (develop, refine, record and present) across year 10 and 11. They will be given a variety of themes to help them meet the objectives. Each theme will be researched. Pupils can explore their ideas in a variety of mediums; drawing, photography, painting, sculpting, textiles etc. Pupils will study a variety of artists for inspiration and projects will culminate with a final piece. Pupils are encouraged to develop ideas and experiment with a wide range of materials, refining their skills as they go.

Exam board – Edexcel

Papers and content:

Component 1

Year 10 & 11 (60%)

Personal portfolio – develop, refine, record and present.


Component 2

Year 11 (40%)

Given theme – develop, refine, record and present.


Number of lessons per year group – Year 10 & 11: 3 x 100 mins per fortnight

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