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‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see’.   -  Edgar Degas


Our Art and Design curriculum has been designed to engageinspire and challenge our students.


The projects will equip students with the knowledge and skills to experimentinvent and create their own works of art and design.  Our aim is as students’ progress, they should be able to think more critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.


We want students to know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our society.

Each project aims to develop students’ ability to generate and develop ideas for their practical work and to build contextual understanding, from either a self-selected or teacher–negotiated focus. With an emphasis on building technical skill through explore and experimenting with different types of media, processes and techniques, students will develop and refine ideas supported by contextual research, and critical reflection. A student’s ability to understand their own work and justify their ideas can be developed through practical visual analysis and annotation resulting in a personal portfolio of practical work that explores all the key concepts of photography.

  • Explore ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources (AO1)
  • Develop and refine ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes (AO2)
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses (AO3)

Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language (AO4).

For more detailed information of the core content covered in this subject for each year group, please access the Knowledge Organisers here:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) 
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Topics covered in art will include:

Year 7

1 2 3 4 5 6
Introduction to drawing Observational drawing Project Impressionist & Abstract Impressionism  Impressionist & Abstract Impressionism  Street Art - PHLEGM Project Street Art - PHLEGM Project

 Year 8

1 2 3 4 5 6

Observational drawing –
still life

Michael Craig Martin

Surrealism - Objects

Surrealism - Objects

Macro Art - Composition 

Macro Art - Composition 

 Year 9

1 2 3 4 5 6
Observational drawing – Skull Project (8 weeks) Design for Purpose – Skull Merchandising Identity Identity Protest Art  Protest Art