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Art and Design

Subject Staff

Mrs Cooper

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Art and Design is taught to all students in KS3. For KS4, our options subjects are Fine Art and Photography.

The Art Way

Our subject has a 鈥楽ubject Way鈥 at the heart of it. Our Subject Way is designed to help students become young subject specialists. The Subject Way has two main purposes:

Firstly, to teach students the vital skills they need to achieve their full potential and gain the very best grades they can. Secondly, to teach students how each subject relates to the wider world, incorporating the life skills they will learn.

It is our belief that knowing how what you learn links to the wider world, brings a subject to life and therefore improves overall understanding and engagement.

Curriculum Intent

At Wickersley Partnership Trust we understand that getting the curriculum right for each and every individual student is the single most important factor in ensuring progress, encouraging positive engagement and raising aspirations.

We want all students to leave able and qualified to play their full part in an ever-changing world through an ambitious, creative and innovative curriculum, which empowers students with the skills, knowledge and attributes to allow them to succeed in their next phase of education and their working life.

We aim to engender a love of learning, self-belief and aspiration through 4 key intentions:

  • The removal of barriers to learning
  • Developing skills for learning
  • Fostering personal attributes (School Way)
  • Enriching student experiences and broadening their horizons

Our curriculum is not driven by performance tables. It is our belief that a strong, broad, balanced curriculum, tailored to individual needs can remove there barriers to learning and allow all students to access the curriculum appropriate to them and will therefore meet their individual needs.

We believe in a strong foundation of core subjects including English, Maths and Science. All students who are identified with deficits in literacy and numeracy are given additional curriculum support. These core fundamental skills are essential in both accessing our broad curriculum offer and the next stage of life; be it education, employment or training.

INTENTION 1 – The removal of barriers to learning

We want all our students to go out into the world, and become successful, happy, fulfilled adults who will be good citizens and make a positive contribution to society. The acquisition of basic skills is either at the heart of achieving this or a barrier to learning and prevents students from fully flourishing. Four common barriers, if left unchallenged, will limit the progress, engagement and development of students who access our curriculum.

They are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Oracy
  • Vocabulary

We see these barriers as a high priority for the school. In order to prevent them from becoming a barrier for student development and progress we implement (and closely monitor) the following strategies:


Students annotate their work and comment on progress in the lesson on trackers.听

  • Comment in a sentence SPAG
  • Sentence starters
  • Keywords
  • Prise (predict, read, identify, summarise and enquire)
  • 5 point targeted reading


Students estimation and measurement to plan and make visual art and design works and develop their capacity to recognise and use patterns and relationships, visualise 2D shapes and 3D objects and interpret maps, diagrams, data displays and chance events.


Students are asked to read out annotations to ensure it is fully annotated.听 Peer assessment and then comment if students cannot read the writing.听 Say it in a sentence pick up on poor pronunciation and students asked to explain processes.


Students need to have a strong grasp of art vocabulary to discuss their own and others’ artwork and art processes. Vocabulary words, their meaning and usage, are such an important part of learning and communicating. The word wall in the classroom is used to promote a good understanding of the key vocabulary in Art and design.

INTENTION 2 – Developing skills for learning

Developing student knowledge and essential learning skills go hand in hand. Students need to remember with fluency in order to be fully established mini-subject specialists. We strive, at all times, for personal excellence by developing the 6 key skills for success:

  • Recall
  • Interpretation
  • Creativity
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Divergent thinking

To develop independent creative, artistic and passionate students that understand how Art is used in the world and how to develop confidence to use the skills in creating their own ideas.听 Equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art and Design try to ensure all students have a broad experience of creativity that explores the formal elements in all areas of drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.听 This develops into more focused study at Ks4 in Photography, Craft and Fine Art allowing for a range of creative specialism which become more diverse and focused.听 These will include modern, historical and cultural creativity which will be used to听 develop their understanding of Art helping them to become critical, independent artists able to create their own work.

All students will produce creative work, develop ideas and record experiences. They will:

  • Gain skills in drawing, painting and sculpture and other art, craft and design skills
  • Be able to evaluate and analyse others’ artwork using the language of art
  • Learn about great artists, styles movements and understand the historical and cultural developments

INTENTION 3 – Fostering personal attributes

Our curriculum promotes the skills and attributes our children need in order to develop the independence, responsibility, accountability and resilience they need to have a happy and successful life. We refer to this crucial aspect of our curriculum intent as The Thrybergh Way and it is embedded in everything we do.

The School Way enables us to develop well-rounded individuals ready for the next stage. It is about embedding employability skills such as resilience, collaboration, communication, aspiration, responsibility, tolerance and respect in order for them to be an active participant in the local community and beyond.

The School Way is embedded in assemblies, form periods and our extra-curricular programme. It is the language that we speak and key aspects of the School Way are as follows:

  • We are nice to people
  • We say please and thank you
  • We are equipped to learn
  • We work hard
  • We are prepared to make mistakes
  • We listen to others
  • We believe in ourselves
  • We are proud of our achievements
  • We take pride in our appearance
  • We take responsibility for our actions
  • We are ambitious
  • We take risks

INTENTION 4 – Enriching student experiences and broadening their horizons

Our intent is that all students have a full understanding of how to develop themselves as well rounded citizens, maintain healthy relationships and understand how to keep themselves safe both online and in their day-to-day life. We want all students to know what options are open to them in the future and understand the routes they have in order to progress on their life journey.

Our curriculum will include:

  • Artists and Cultural links
  • Visits or a visiting artist
  • Virtual galleries
  • Looking at the greater awareness in the world / artwork
  • After School Art clubs
  • Links to employment e.g. ceramicist, printmaker
  • Working with an artist in their own environment where appropriate
  • Learn about Historical and Contemporary Artists


Key Stage 3

Art and Design has a three year KS3 curriculum where students build knowledge, skills and vocabulary in various topics that will听 seamlessly run into GCSE. Just some of the topics that students will study are as such: Y7 Colour and Texture, Y8 Urban Landscape, Y9 Human Form. Throughout the KS3 Curriculum students will develop:

  • Critical thinking skills and creative problem solving-Questioning Knowledge and Skills
  • Practical and technical skills across a wide range of materials and processes-Drawing, Painting- 3D Clay- crafts -Sculpture- Fabrics-Photography
  • Communication skills both verbal and written to analyse, interpret, express, apply, explain and evaluate
  • 听Independence, organisation, resilience, and responsibility-Pride in achievement
  • Respect and understanding of different cultures, artists, craftspeople and designers- Architects听 Looking at a diverse range of artists- Historical and contemporary

Year 7

Investigating the art movement Fauvism.
Investigating the works of art created by Henri Matisse
Investigating colour theory
Drawing Patterns
Basic colour mixing primary secondary opaque tones and shades, Application of paint, mixing, blending – Collage.
Drawing with Scissors.
Identifying the characteristics of the art movement Fauvism.

Investigating the Art movement Expressionism and its impact on architecture.
Investigating artist Antonio Gaudi
Investigating Architects -Artist Past and Present-Ancient times.
Drawing Shapes- Line, texture, tone, form and colour. Drawing from observation and learning how to draw in proportion
Clay work based on architecture.

Investigating the art movement Abstract Expressionism-
Investigating the artist Mark Rothko and Female contemporary artist Lorna Newman
Moods of colour – Identifying colour combinations to create moods marks that create moods.
Explore lino designs mixed media work using fabrics and other materials to create mood rough smooth.
Investigating a range of Artists and designers
Erich Heckel
Angelika Millmaker
Aaron Siskin
jean Michel Basquiat
Creating artwork by using the process of printmaking
Investigating-Painting-Colour- Drawing-Theory.-PhotographyGraffiti Sculpture. Photography Graphical outcomes, typography, layering, digital layering picsart, Card joining slotting cutting.

Year 8

Mixed media observational studies using ink and oil pastel applying the formal elements.
Drawing architectural features-Windows- doors
Painting, using water colours
Mixed media final piece, torn paper/ card board composition, charcoal techniques.

Painting, using water colours
Mixed media final piece, torn paper/ card board composition, charcoal techniques.
Fabric manipulation, fabric dying and basic stitching techniques. Fabric collage. Textiles art.
Using a range of materials to create a 3D structor of a building.Card board-Clay-PlasterUsing a range of materials to create a 3D structor of a building.Card board-Clay-PlasterDeveloping an understanding of how Design can support their own ideas.
Introducing photography
Developing an understanding of how Design can support their own ideas.
Introducing photography

Year 9

  • Introduction to portrait drawing to develop an understanding of proportion, and perspective.
  • Exploring and experimenting with different colour schemes to create a sense of emotions in Art.
  • Responding critically to the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from around the world past and present.
  • Exploring and experimenting with a range of media, materials, processes, to produce a personal response.
  • Examples of areas of study:
  • Drawing, Painting, Textiles Art, and some photography.
  • Contextual studies include art movements 鈥淐ontemparay Expressionism鈥 鈥淩omanticism鈥 and “Surrealism”.
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