Key Stage 3
The KS3 Art curriculum at Bishop Luffa is designed to develop creative thinking and problem solving skills, technical ability and knowledge within the context of broadly-based cultural studies. Projects include thematic enquiries such as Rousseau and Fantasy Jungles (Year 7), Jon Burgerman and contemporary cartoons (Year 8) or Dali, Magritte and Surrealism (Year 9) as well as skills led projects such as The Arnolfini Marriage and image evaluation (Year 7), Mark-making and printing (Year 8) and Hundertwasser inspired clay relief tiles (Year 9).
Skills are built upon incrementally during the Key Stage. In Year 7, emphasis is upon developing pupils’ command of line, colour, pattern and shape. In Year 8, we introduce the concepts of form and texture and use mark-making and tonal techniques to extend the skills learnt in Year 7. Year 9 sees a move towards understanding composition and perspective: techniques to help pupils realize their ideas effectively through the challenging contexts of Cubism and Surrealism. Whilst setting high standards and expectations, we are, throughout KS3, concerned to offer a varied curriculum which offers all children the opportunities to experience success and fun in their work.
Assessment is conducted according to National Curriculum Standards with a baseline being established in the first term of Year 7, allowing us to accurately track progress and perceive the potential of individuals, tailoring our delivery to their needs. Pupils will undertake research homework to support their creative classwork. Four projects are completed each academic year and levels are awarded upon the evidence of a body of work to allow for assessment of the development of a range of skills. Formative assessment is conducted regularly, both written and verbal, taking the form of advice upon how to improve skills and understanding whilst celebrating achievement.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE, we follow the AQA 8201 Art and Design Syllabus. Staff begin teaching Art GCSE in a teacher-led manner, aiming to build skills, understanding and confidence quickly: ultimately, the goal is to support pupils in their independent work, never capping their creativity but promoting an environment in which the individual pursuit of a personal and informed voice can make Art a means of effective communication.
GCSE comprises two parts: Coursework, Module 1, is worth 60% of the total GCSE mark whilst Module 2, The Timed Test makes up the other 40%.
The course begins with a thematic exploration (‘Identity’ or ‘Transformation’). Typically we begin with a tonal self-portrait from a photograph in Art & Design, which acts as both a confidence and skill building exercise. In Photography, pupils look at photographs of celebrity and learn to deconstruct images whilst working with light, framing, composition and costume to create ‘Celebrity’ images of their own. Thereafter, less directed projects are set, leading pupils towards confident independence.
In the Spring term of Year 10, pupils are given the previous year’s exam paper from which to choose a theme to investigate. This will continue through the summer holidays. Pupils are advised to be prepared to begin final pieces on their return in September and to be either finished by the end of September, ready to take on a small additional project, or to extend from a significant piece towards the coursework deadline of the beginning of January, Year 11.
There are four Assessment Objectives from which are found the evidence for marks. Substantial evidence must be accrued before accurate assessment can take place; all work, from the beginning of Year 10 is potentially admissible evidence and, as assessors, we are looking for consistency of approach, as well as a high level of engagement, across the AOs of research, experiment, documentation and realization. Assessment is continuous with substantial summarative marking taking place at the end of each project; formative assessment is conducted regularly, both written and verbal, taking the form of advice upon how to improve skills and understanding whilst celebrating achievement.
For further details follow this link - GCSE Art and Design exam specification