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Curriculum Intent

In Art, our curriculum intent is to promote creativity, which in turn directly enhances learning by increasing motivation, deepening understanding and promoting wellbeing. Students will become knowledgeable of a range of artists and make judgments about their work in informed and reasoned ways, increasing their knowledge of how to effectively evaluate others’ work in order to develop their own. They will apply this research and experiment with techniques employed by artists from a range of eras, which will support them developing their own style and improve their ability to handle materials.

From Year 7, our curriculum requires students to learn three different genres of art each year including Pop Art, Mixed Media, African Art and Observational Drawings. This allows students to learn a range of techniques, styles and artists which acts as a basis for preparing students for GCSE. This way of teaching allows students to become independent in a range of different media and allows them to make informed decisions about which media and styles they work best with and how to best refine these media independently. Students will make informed choices about which style, techniques and media they enjoy most, promoting a love of learning and opportunity to progress independently.  

As well as developing creativity and ideas, students will learn to refine their designs and increase their execution. They will also have the opportunity to experiment with a range of media including acrylic paint, tonal pencil, mixed media and relief work, which in turn will allow them to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

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Why this? Why now?

Year 7


Students will be exploring perspective, features of a landscape and exploring artists who throughout history have produced landscapes. Students will apply a range of materials and techniques inspired by these artists. 

Year 8


Students will learn about the art movement Cubism. They will use the knowledge they have learnt on colour theory to select colours that compliment one another in the geometric shapes. 

This will build their confidence in problem solving and showing thought to composition. 

Year 9


Students will be exploring artists and designers within this project to continue to develop their skills through perspective drawings. They will be using the knowledge learnt in Year 7 to create three-dimensional recordings. 

Students will be able to produce a final response that shows a strong connection to the artist(s) they have explored. 

Year 10

Independent Graphic Design

Students have been provided with a theme to produce a physical outcome related to a book cover, event or CD cover. 


Students will use their previous knowledge of independent research through artist analysis, observational recordings and development through different materials against the Assessment Objectives connected to OCR. 

Year 11

Personal Investigation and Exam

Since January, students have been preparing for their external set project from OCR. 


Students has responded to one of five themes and developing research, ideas and collating a selection of materials and applying all skills learnt from Year 10.


Year 13


Students will be focusing on their chosen theme for the exam. 

They will be using their prior knowledge on how to explore, develop and create a final response to show a journey connected to the theme.

Qualification information:

Curriculum content:

Attached are the curriculum maps which outline the sequence we use in order to structure our learning. If you would like to support your child's learning, we have attached links to Oak National Academy who provide lessons, activities and resources for commonly taught topics. Please use the curriculum map for this subject before visiting:

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