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Art and Design

Art and Design

YEAR 7

Learning outcomes

During Year 7 students will learn basic skills in drawing and painting, exploring the visual elements throughout their work.

Topics taught

Pupils will create artworks in response to specified themes, topics and artists.

YEAR 8

Learning outcomes

Students in Year 8 build upon and further their skills from year 7, exploring a wider range of media and approaches.

Topics taught

Pupils will explore a broader range of topics, themes and artists to make artworks.

YEAR 9

Learning outcomes

Year 9 is the foundation year for GCSE. Students will learn how to evidence assessment objectives in their practical and creative responses, to develop independence. Examples of topics are listed below:

Topics taught

  • Toys
  • Signs and symbols
  • Food

YEAR 10

Learning outcomes

During Year 10 students continue to develop evidence for component 1 (portfolio) from a range of starting points, usually from past exam paper topics. Examples of topics are listed below:

Topics taught

  • Human figure
  • In the news
  • Light and dark
  • Personal histories

YEAR 11

Learning outcomes

Students aim to complete component 1 (portfolio) by December. Component 2 (AQA externally set assignment) is issued in January. Students choose one starting point, from a possible seven, to develop. The final piece for this topic will be completed under exam conditions over two days (10 hours), in March.

Topics taught

Set by exam board.

YEAR 12

Learning outcomes Students explore a wide range of approaches, media, processes and techniques to develop more advanced skills.
Topics taught
  • Approaches to drawing
  • Close up

YEAR 13

Learning outcomes Students choose to investigate a personal area of interest in depth. They will support this with supporting sketchbook (and/or other means of evidence), an extended piece of critical writing and a final piece. All to be completed by the end of January. component 2 (AQA externally set assignment) is issued in February. Students choose one starting point, from a possible five, to develop. The final piece for this topic will be completed under exam conditions over three days (15 hours), in May.
Topics taught Student choice.