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Members of Staff and Roles/Responsibilities

Mrs V Glynn Curriculum Team Leader Expressive Arts

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Subject Overview

The teaching of Art within the department is seen as a year on year accumulation of skills, knowledge and experience over a period of 3 or 5 years. The schemes of work for KS 3 go forward to build on the range of KS 4 examination on offer within the curriculum.
These are:
GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

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KS3 Structurej

The main areas of study in Key stage 3 are;

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9



Still Life
Theme 2D


Animation (Digital)

Still Life
Theme 3D

Intro Digital Art


Still Life
Theme Digital

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KS3 Content








Base Line Assessment
Introduction to Drawing
Introduction to Mark Making

Introduction to Colour
Colour Mixing
Introduction to Painting Techniques
Experimentation with materials

Introduction to Digital Art and the use of Photoshop.
Introduction to Artists and the production of an Artist study.








Assessment Drawing
Digital Animation

Block Printing / Surface Pattern










Assessment Drawing
Figure Drawing
Introduction to Drawing Systems

Digital Collage
Picture composition
Working to and Developing a theme

Picture composition Experimentation and working with Mixed Media
Production of a personal response

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KS4 Structure

The KS 4 GCSE course is made up of 2 coursework projects that start in Year 10 and are completed in the first term of Year 11. These projects are thematic and are open to student’s interpretation with guidance. The deadline for the coursework projects are:

Project 1 -  Last week of May in year 10
Project 2 -  End of Autumn term in year 11.

The Externally set brief for the Final Exam will be given to the students in January of Year 11 with the exam its self taken in March of Year 11. The exam is thematic and will be similar to the course work project set in year 10.

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KS4 Content


GCSE Art and Design course work projects 1 and 2. Themed starting points developed to cover the AQA Fine Art GCSE assessment objectives.


Completion of the coursework themed project, Practical exam sat from themed starting point given by the Exam board.

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Additional Informationdigital image

Clubs and Activities
Homework Policy
Art links with our feeder Primary Schools

Clubs and Activities

The art department run a variety of extra-curricular activities. The art rooms are available at lunchtime and after school.

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Homework Policygallery
The Art Department supports the whole school policy on homework and will set tasks according to the criteria stated.

Homework will be set that is relevant and appropriate to the work that pupils are currently involved with during their courses at school. Homework will usually be set in the form of sketchbook tasks or project work that will supplement the pupil’s personal portfolio. Any work that is undertaken outside normal lesson time including lunch time sessions and after school clubs will be considered as homework.

Tasks that are set may not necessarily be always practical. Collecting evidence, researching themes, making enquiries, developing a sensual or emotional response, to emphasise looking and experiencing, writing will be considered as an important contribution to developing an enquiring mind thus extending the pupils creative thinking.

In year 10 and 11 it will be a compulsory element in the GCSE syllabus. Homework will contribute to and support the 60% coursework section of the Art GCSE. The commitment shown by the pupil towards homework tasks serves as a good indicator of the attitude to be expected from the pupil at examination time. This can help art staff to determine estimated grades when required.

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Students will work in sketchbooks in Art at Sir Jonathan North. These will be used in all art areas throughout the pupil’s course. The sketchbook is considered to be an essential item of school equipment. In KS 3 all students will be asked to contribute £5.00 towards the price of a sketchbook. This will last them throughout their key stage 3 course. If students go on and opt for the GCSE course in Art they will be expected to work in two A3 size sketchbooks which can be purchased through the school. At GCSE level home work will be set and will be produced and kept in their sketchbooks. The sketchbook or journal is an integral part of the GCSE Art course and it is expected that students become familiar with the use of a sketchbook for their class work, as well as personal observations. Pupils will be required to make notes, research and experiment throughout the course in their sketchbooks.

Sketchbooks and homework will play an important part in our pupil’s assessment both at KS3 and KS4. They will serve as an illustration of how pupils go about the process of developing their own ideas and skills. The use of sketchbooks to develop the pupils’ confidences is seen by the department as a vital tool in encouraging independent learning.

Pupil’s homework tasks and sketchbooks will be marked according to the criteria set for each piece of work. A project might be a single unit or a series of pieces working from a given starting point. These could involve various processes or techniques. Where appropriate positive comments and grades will be given to identify strengths and possible weaknesses. This can then assist the pupils in setting appropriate and positive targets for improvement.

Art staff will be expected to keep a personal record of pupils homework tasks and record the standard and attitude that the pupil has shown towards home work projects. Our system of grading will given in levels, these will be broken down into three parts – a b and c. and numbers 1 – 5. 1 being excellent 5 being unsatisfactory.

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