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Powerful Knowledge

Through their Art and Design lessons students will use creative skills to explore and discuss the visual aspects of the world around them. They will use Critical thinking skills to consider why Artwork is created, how it is created and discuss emotions and opinions that are raised as a result of studying Art. Students will develop technical skills across a wide range of media and ways of working including eye to hand communication skills. Students will make informed choices and decisions across the design and development stages and will learn how to express their own ideas while recording their intentions in a range of creative media.

Developing ideas

  • Investigate artists and the world around them
  • Demonstrate critical understanding

Refine work

  • Explore own ideas
  • Selecting and experimenting
  • Techniques and processes

Record idea

  • Observational studies
  • Record insights/ideas

Present outcomes

  • Realise intentions
  • Demonstrate understanding


Compare, Contrast, Describe, Explain, Opinion, Connections, Generate

Explain, Think, Recognise, Apply, Adapt, Imagine, Develop

Tone (graduated, blended), Texture, Line, Colour, Composition, Space, Scale, Vibrance

Conclude, Argue,  Inform, Investigate

School Context

Explore local artists and British/ European/ worldwide artists. Past and present.

Teachers promote student’s knowledge and opinions of Artists through analysis in lessons


Promote the next stage of learning by showcases work produced by older year groups and GCSE students


Art and design programmes of study: key stage 3 (written 2013)


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:  produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences  become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques  evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design  know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Pupils should be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work. Pupils should be taught:  to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas  to use a range of techniques and media, including painting  to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials  to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work  about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

In school we assess student work with regular informative assessment.

Formative assessment takes place on a termly basis when project work is marked holistically to fit in with GCSE and A Level assessment. We use the following headings when deep marking:


Painting/ printing,

3D work,

Contextual understanding,

Presentation of ideas


Information on further education options and career advice within the Arts displays within the department.

Advice and knowledge passed down from the teacher. Visual examples of work by older students at GCSE and A Level.

Various jobs within  the art sector discussed when looking at various artists and types of artwork with projects.