Our art and design curriculum is intended to encourage students to be creative and inventive. We are steered by the National Curriculum and use its guidance to inspire students artistically so they ‘think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design’ and consider ‘how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation’ (NC page 225).
We believe that a stimulating and valuable art and design curriculum allows students to learn from great artists, to review these artists’ works and to use classic artwork to inspire their own designs and creations.
Our intention is that during their time at the school, students will gain greater knowledge, skills and understanding of the following key art and design concepts and learning:
⦁ Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences;
⦁ Become proficient in drawing and painting;
⦁ Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design;
⦁ Know about great artists, craft makers and designers;
⦁ Understand the historical and cultural development of significant and important art forms.
In Key Stage 3, art and design is taught as part of our Thematic Approaches to Learning programme (please see the TAL Policy for more information).
At Key Stage 4, students, who are keen to pursue a career which involves art and design or who would like to study art and design further at Key Stage 5, are able to undertake BTEC or GCSE Art which is taught by a specialist art teacher.
Students can also benefit from 1:1 or small group art as therapy sessions in our dedicated therapy room as part of an individualised programme of study when relevant.
We are keen to ensure that the teaching of reading is explicit in all areas of the curriculum: in art and design this includes learning and using key artistic terms and reading technical instructions and guidance.
We monitor the impact of our teaching of art and design through in-class assessments at Key Stage 3 and through exam board led assessments at Key Stage 4 as well as via our monitoring of the Quality of Education throughout the school.