Key Stage 3
The KS3 Art curriculum at Bishop Luffa is designed to develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills and technical ability and knowledge, within the context of broadly-based cultural studies. Projects include thematic enquiries such as Jon Burgerman and contemporary cartoons (Year 8) or Dali, Magritte and Surrealism (Year 9) as well as skills led projects such as Fabulous Beasts – Wire sculptures (Year 7), Expressive Portraits (Year 8) and Mask Making (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, design and perspective: techniques to help pupils realize their ideas effectively through the challenging contexts of abstraction 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 a variety of homework tasks to support their creative classwork. Three to 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: Unit 1 – Coursework is worth 60% of the total GCSE mark, whilst Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment is worth 40%.
The course begins with a thematic exploration of “Identity”. Typically, we begin with a tonal portrait, derived from a photo shoot taken by the students, in response to work of a key 20th / 21st Century photographer, which acts as both a confidence and skill building exercise. Thereafter, less directed projects are set, leading pupils towards confident independence.
In the Summer term of Year 10, pupils are given a second theme, for example: “Close Up” to investigate. This will continue through the summer holidays and in to the Autumn Term. Pupils are expected to effectively develop their ideas, through purposeful investigation; demonstrating their critical and contextual understanding. They must complete a personal and meaningful final response, during their GCSE Mock exam in November. Students continue to refine and extend project work leading towards the final coursework deadline at the beginning of January.
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, experimentation, documentation and realization. Assessment is continuous with substantial summative marking taking place at the end of each project; formative assessment is conducted regularly, both written and verbal, taking the form of individual tutorials and extensive advice upon how to improve skills.
For further details follow this link - GCSE Art and Design exam specification