Curriculum rationale:

Our Art curriculum has been designed around the introduction to the elements of visual language and the development of this within the fundamentals of; drawing, painting and the appreciation of artists’ work past and present.  The curriculum is predominantly practical and aims to engage students in the activity of creating work for as much of their time in the classroom as possible.  We believe that the teaching of the practical element should be taught alongside both historical and contemporary art theory. It is important that we develop the practical skills that will inform and strengthen students’ wider understanding and appreciation of art in all its forms. 

Our specialist art classrooms, digital suite and dark room allows students to have the opportunity to study mark making (drawing), colour theory, painting, clay, glass, printing, digital art and photography. Exploring a wide range of skills and styles at KS3 means that students are adequately prepared for and feed into GCSE Art and Design at KS4.

Curriculum Design:

Aspects of the areas of study from the GCSE specification are incorporated into the KS3 curriculum in various topics e.g. students study a portrait project in Year 9 that closely follows the approach taken in the Art GCSE. This is for the students that have not selected to do the Art GCSE in Year 9. This will allow students who are not taking art further to develop creative ideas and use the skills acquired in Year 7 and 8. 

Curriculum Plan:

Key Stage 3

In Years 7-9 art is taught on a rotation system so modules are not tied to specific terms.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Rotation 1

1.       Baseline assessment

2.       Introduction to drawing mark making and drawing system

1.       Further drawing practice and drawing systems


1.       Teaching of portrait drawing to develop composition

2.       Start composition project

Rotation 2

1.       Introduction to paint

2.       Colour theory and colour mixing

3.       Introduction to artists’ work and movements

1.       Introduction to artists’ work Composition techniques

2.       Visual study or artists work and techniques

1.       Introduction to practical techniques

2.       Study Artists using similar techniques

3.       Student to produce own composition

Rotation 3

1.       Production of pictorial composition

2.       Develop acquired painting skills

3.       Shown examples of artists’ work

1.       Production of a composition

2.       Develop visual ideas and using mixed media techniques

3.       Evaluation of own work and the work of the artist

1.       Complete a multimedia composition

2.       Develop image digitally

3.       Present work showing development and connection with the artists

GCSE Drama

Half Term

Year 9/10

Year 10/11

Sep - Oct

·         Introduction to course and project 1 brief

·         Collect resources and photograph

·         Project 2: chosen from a selection of 3 starting points

·         Starting points and timelines discussed

Oct - Xmas

·         Draw resources collected. 

·         Paint resources

·         Collect resources and record materials gathered

·         Research artists suggested in the starting point and develop personal ideas.

·         Experiment with ideas in different media

Jan - Feb

·         Research artist working on the same theme and study their approaches to the subject.

·         Explore ideas in a variety of different media including a mix

·         Work on developing a series of personal ideas for the final piece.

·         Mount all development work on boards

·         Produce final piece of work.

Feb - Easter

·         Develop a selection of personal ideas on the theme

·         Take one idea forward to develop as a final piece of work

·         Complete personal response to the starting point


April - May

·         Mount work onto A2 boards for assessment

·         Add annotation to work

·         Start on personal response



Jun - Jul

·         Finalise personal response

·         Present the personal response along with all research work



Curriculum Assessment:

Years 7 - 9 will have regular, low stakes diagnostic tests to check understanding and allow teachers to address misconceptions. They will also have an end of rotation practical and written assessment. These assessments allow teachers and students to identify areas of strengths and areas to improve.

Years 10 and 11 will also have regular, low stakes diagnostic tests to check understanding and various accumulative written tests every half term to check their understanding. These tests build each half term in length and complexity as they review previous topics as well as current ones. Alongside this they will be assessed in their practical work where they receive regular, personal verbal feedback and written feedback on areas of strengths and areas to improve.

Extra-curricular opportunities:

Visits to art galleries

Summer Arts Festival we host an art exhibition inviting family and friends in to view classwork 

Various afterschool clubs exploring digital art, clay, glass work and photography

Art and Design competitions

Essential equipment:

Year 7 you will need to purchase an A4 sketchbook through the school which will last for the duration of KS3 s (cost is usually around £2.50)

GCSE Art you will need to purchase a starter pack through the school (usually around £16)