Art Key Stage 4

KS4 students follow a curriculum that leads to a GCSE qualification in Art, Craft & design.

Year 10 and 11 Art pupils complete the AQA Art, Craft & Design curriculum over a period of two years and are also required to do an externally set exam for 10hrs. There are two topics/themes studied in detail during the course and cover all the mastery skills in art and design where students work through four assessment objectives required to complete for the GSCE.

Trips are organised where students can extend their learning outside the classroom and incorporate ideas into their sketchbooks and design sheets.

Year 10 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Body OrnamentStudents start look at historical corsets/crinoline/body armour and link in with how fashion designers have used these in a contemporary way. Students research moral, social and ethical values and work in a sketchbook to formulate their ideas using various art media.
Term 2Shells/Natural form and final outcome.Students develop their drawing skills by looking at the formal elements of art. Students required to design and make a piece of body armour, corset or head piece based on historical and contemporary body armour and fashion and make a personal response.
Term 3Words & ArtStudents research artists that use words and art in their work. Students explore their ideas with different media and develop ideas in ready for final pieces.
Year 11 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Final Outcomes.
Students make a personal response based on their research, experimenting and development of ideas in relation to their artist/s.
Term 2Externally set exam PreparationStudents work on producing work based on the four assessment objectives by answering on of the set questions from the exam paper.
AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
Term 3Complete Exam & all coursework by mid-MayAO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language