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 1 Natural FormsStudents will explore the Theme of Natural Forms and produce a portfolio of observational drawings in a range of media. In addition to this students will start to investigate historical and contemporary body armour in sketchbooks.
Term 2Sketchbook workStudents will research, draw and explore different types of historical and contemporary designers in more depth. completing double pages on designers they are interested in. Pupils to explore corsets, armour, contemporary gaming and fashion. Focus on accuracy of drawing in their sketchbooks and how the formal elements of art are used.
Term 3ConnectionsStudents to start to complete initial design ideas based on their observational drawings and making connections with the work of fashion designers.

Students to make their final design idea into a 3D piece using wire and tissue paper body ornament.
Year 11 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Image & Text
Pupils will be introduced to the brief and the theme 'Image and Text'. Students will analyse how artists and crafts people have responded to the theme and produce research boards. Following this students will work in the style of the artists studied to produce a final outcome in response to the theme.
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.