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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Year 7 Art

Curriculum Intention:

All KS3 schemes were originally designed to mimic at a scaled down level, the GCSE project development and refinement process. Both fine art and graphical communication based techniques are explored. Through curriculum review these elements have remained, though Year 7 and 8 schemes in particular have been adapted to address gaps linked to the national curriculum, practical skills, and theoretical knowledge.
Though the national curriculum at KS1 and 2 should cover the formal elements (shape, line, form, space, colour, pattern and texture), it is evident that much of this knowledge is missing when students arrive with us in year 7. To avoid the re-teaching of these fundamentals throughout KS3, we have adapted the Year 7 schemes to cover each in depth, (linking to AO3 record) whilst exploring artists’ style and practical skills at a simplified level (AO1 and 2).

As we have always done, students’ projects are completed with a ‘final outcome’ reached through quality recording and development of ideas and designs from basic artist analysis.

Throughout each scheme, interleaving and spacing are used to retrieve and embed students’ understanding of the formal elements.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Scarpace Fish- Tone (form), Texture, Colour Theory

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Insects- Line, Pattern Shape

20th April – 18th May

Shoe Design- Form

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Scarpace Fish- Continued application of formal elements learned. Design development and refinement, exploration of expressive 2D media, final piece development

24th Feb – 30th March

Pop Art (Graphics)- Continued application of formal elements learned. Design development and refinement, exploration of printmaking, sculpture and final piece development

1st June – 13th July

Insects- Continued application of formal elements learned. Design development and refinement, exploration of sculptural forms, final piece development

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Exploration and increasing skill in the application of the formal elements should be evident in all student outcomes.

An emerging sense of ownership for design and evaluation should be evident.

Please see Learning Maps for further detail.

Employability skills:

Increased practical ability and emerging contextual understanding of creative works.

Year 8 Art 

Curriculum Intention:

A key difference between the schemes of Year 7 into 8, is the promotion of evaluation and analysis of existing works. Pupils analyse and visually respond to the work of multiple artists, designers and cultures within each unit. Pupils learn about the historical and cultural factors that influence each artist. The national curriculum for KS3 states that students should demonstrate a ‘critical understanding of Artists and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.’

Whilst the structure of schemes in Years 8-9 remains the same as in previous years; simulating a GCSE art and Graphics project process meeting all assessment objectives, content and lesson planning places a focus on oracy and critical analysis.

Key changes include:

- increased discussion and critique activities with emphasis on use of key vocabulary.

- use of teacher-student verbal feedback time to assess students’ ability to articulate ideas and judgements.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Architecture - AO3, AO1

 

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Typography- AO3, AO1

 

20th April – 18th May

Cultural Masks- AO3, AO1

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Architecture- AO2, AO4

 

24th Feb – 30th March

Typography- AO2, AO4

 

1st June – 13th July

Cultural Masks- AO2, AO4

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Application of the formal elements should contribute to the quality of student outcomes (AO3/AO2). This should be evident in practical work, but an understanding must also be reflected in student WWW/EBI self-reflection.

An understanding of artists’ styles and intent should be clear in practical outcomes and in class/1:1 discussion.

Please see Learning Maps for further detail.

Employability skills:

 

Students will gain an appreciation for design and will broaden their understanding of Art within a cultural context

 

Year 9 Art 

Curriculum Intention:

The Year 9 curriculum is very much designed with interleaving in mind. Pupils apply their practical and technical knowledge and utilise analytical skills to create personal and meaningful projects. Pupils explore topics with great depth and through artistic communication, find their place within society, and the purpose of their work. Freedom of choice allows pupils to focus on context as well as quality and visual features. Increased flexibility in the last 2 units enables pupils to drive their own project, this ownership allows high ability pupils to excel and prepares for the independence of GCSE.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Pop Art  (AO1, AO3)

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Awareness Posters- AO3, AO1

20th April – 18th May

Similarities and Differences – AO3, AO1

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Pop Art  (AO2, AO4)

24th Feb – 30th March

Awareness Posters- AO2, AO4

1st June – 13th July

Similarities and Differences – AO2, AO4

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Outcomes will become increasingly varied as students complete independent investigation into artists and designers and conduct wider contextual and cultural research. Progress will be evident through increased independent development and effective application of artist and designers’ styles.

See learning map for further details.

Employability skills:

Students will consider not just the affectivity of strong practical work, but of the impact of their work in a wider audience. An appreciation for design for purpose is established.

Year 10 Art and Graphics 

Curriculum Intention:

One of the main aims of terms 1 and 2 is not only to develop a range of advanced skills, but also to understand how artists have developed their work (AO1), so that the students can understand how their work can be developed later. The skills they will learn will also provide them with a range of work that will link to AO2, to show how a range of media and processes could be explored within the project. The initial drawing aspect will also improve their general recording ability and should show the students that they can produce quality work. This structure of basic recording and idea formulation, followed by development of ideas linking to contextual sources follows through into their second unit ‘Mirrors and Reflections’ in HT6. This unit is given a centre set title which allows students to work to an existing theme or brief, with the ability to carry out independent investigation.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Set tasks and skills build ‘Me, myself and I’

 

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Artist Copies and Responses ‘Me, myself and I’

 

20th April – 18th May

Experimentation and Final Outcomes ‘Me, myself and I’

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Set tasks and skills build ‘Me, myself and I’

24th Feb – 30th March

Development and Experimentation ‘Me, myself and I’

1st June – 13th July

Unit 1: ‘Mirrors and Reflections’

Tonal Studies and Idea Development

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Skills: This is one of the main areas of focus at this point of the project. A range of skills will be developed and improved so that the students start to understand their strengths.

Understanding: Students will understand how different artists have developed their work and analyse why these choices were made

Creativity: At this stage the main creativity will be within the inspiration of other artists, looking at how to use one inspiration and make it more personal.

Employability skills:

Students develop fundamental creative skills, build resilience and create a portfolio of work to satisfy a brief.

 

Year 10 Photography
 

Curriculum Intention:

Students begin the photography course with vastly different experiences and backgrounds to the subject. Over time we hope to introduce a photography club and some small KS3 schemes with photographic elements to reduce the amount of students starting the course with little to no photographic knowledge. Due to the diverse range of subject needs, photography is started off with a ‘skills drill’ term, where there is very little investigation of artists and photographers and where there is this is entirely lead, and students work primarily to build their practical subject knowledge. Students are then set a title, which builds on their skills related work and work until HT5 to build a mini unit of work which satisfies all assessment objectives. Students start their Unit 1: Coursework in the last half term of Y10, to allow them to fully explore the contextual relevance of their topic, as complexity of ideas is key, relying less on visual development.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Practical Skills Workshop

 

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Photographer/artist copy and responses

‘Conceal and Reveal’

20th April – 18th May

Start Unit 1: ‘similarities/differences’.

Note: earlier CW project start date than art/graphics.

Image collection

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Practical Skills Workshop

 

24th Feb – 30th March

Development and final outcome.

‘Conceal and Reveal’

 

1st June – 13th July

Photographer copies and responses

‘Ordinary/Extraordinary’.

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Skills: This is one of the main areas of focus at this point of the project. A range of skills will be developed and improved so that the students start to understand their strengths

Understanding: Students will understand how different photographers and artists have developed their work and analyse why these choices were made

Creativity: At this stage the main creativity will be within the inspiration of other photographers and artists, looking at how to use one inspiration and make it more personal.

 

Employability skills:

Students develop fundamental creative skills, build resilience and create a portfolio of work to satisfy a brief.

Many students are asked to demonstrate their skills contributing items for More News and recording sports events and fixtures.

 

Year 11 Art and Graphics 

Curriculum Intention:

From term 3 in Year 10, schemes of learning are designed to support the formulation of a project which satisfies assessment objectives 1-4. Students respond to a centre-set title which allows students to work to a common theme, with the ability to carry out independent investigation, This is something which we are praised for as a centre, as it allows pupils to work to their strengths and understand what it means to truly develop their own work.

In term 2 of Yr 11, students explore individual topics based upon an externally set task (choice of 5 titles), culminating in the production of a final outcome, in their 10 hour exam just before Easter. This unit is started as soon as possible, to allow students to work with the maximum preparation time as set by the exam board.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Unit 1: ‘Mirrors and Reflections’

Artist Copies and Responses

 

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Initial recording and topic formulation

Artist Copies and Responses- Initial Development.

Deep Learning Activities

20th April – 18th May

Unit 1: Revisit, refine and present.

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Unit 1: ‘Mirrors and Reflections’

Development and Final Pieces

(Mock Exam)

24th Feb – 30th March

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Development, Experimentation and Exam- Final Piece

1st June – 13th July

Study Leave

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Understanding: Students will understand how different artists have developed their work and analyse why these choices were made

Creativity: Students will selectively take inspiration of other artists, looking at how to create work which meets their identified title, but demonstrates understanding of multiple influences.

Management: Students will become increasingly responsible for the preparation, storage and production of work. At the end of Yr 11 they are working almost entirely independently.

Employability skills:

Students further develop fundamental creative skills, build resilience and create a portfolio of work to satisfy a brief.

 

Year 11 Photography
 

Curriculum Intention:

From term 3 in Year 10, schemes of learning are designed to support the formulation of a project which satisfies assessment objectives 1-4. Students respond to a centre-set title which allows students to work to a common theme, with the ability to carry out independent investigation, something which we are praised for as a centre.

In term 2 of Yr 11, students explore individual topics based upon an externally set task (choice of 5 titles), culminating in the production of a final outcome, in their 10 hour exam just before Easter. This unit is started as soon as possible, to allow students to work with the maximum preparation time as set by the exam board.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Photographer copies and responses and experiment

‘similarities/differences’.

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Initial recording and topic formulation

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Artist Copies and Responses- Initial Development.

Deep Learning Activities

20th April – 18th May

Unit 1: Revisit, refine and present.

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Development/Final Pieces
Mock Exam

‘similarities/differences’.

24th Feb – 30th March

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Development, Experimentation and Exam- Final Piece

1st June – 13th July

Study Leave

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Understanding: Students will understand how different photographers and artists have developed their work and analyse why these choices were made

Creativity: Students will selectively take inspiration of other photographers and artists, looking at how to create work which meets their identified title, but demonstrates understanding of multiple influences.

Management: Students will become increasingly responsible for the preparation, storage and production of work. At the end of Yr 11 they are working almost entirely independently.

Employability skills:

Students further develop fundamental creative skills, build resilience and create a portfolio of work to satisfy a brief.

Many students are asked to demonstrate their skills contributing items for More News and recording sports events and fixtures.

 

Year 12 - Art Graphics and Photography 

Curriculum Intention:

Our linear course has allowed us to begin the Autumn term with a ‘skills drill’ which not only builds on students’ practical skill base but builds resilience and willingness to experiment (AO2), as they produce a range of practical outcomes to fit the title ‘Barriers’. Though there is not the pressure of producing work to be examined, students finish the skill unit developing individual projects, linking to a Unit 1 or 2, project structure, and many students use this work as a starting point for their unit 1 and 2 topics.

An centre-set title is used to start a short, independent unit in HT 3-4 to allow students to take ownership of their ideas and apply new practical skills learned in HT 1 and 2.

Both Unit 1 coursework and written personal studies are started in HT 6, to promote the dialogue between the two units of work that the exam board seek. Students build upon existing areas of personal interest or new titles, allowing any issues to be identified before the summer break. Students are encouraged to visit museums and galleries relevant to their topic, during the break, building their marks for AO1 Develop.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Skills: ‘Barriers: Light’

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

AS Title Initial ideas and recording

20th April – 18th May

AS Title Final Outcomes

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Skills:’Barriers: Structures’

Development and Experimentation

Final Pieces ‘Barriers’

24th Feb – 30th March

AS Title Development, Experimentation

1st June – 13th July

New unit start and Essays

Written workshop lessons and mock exam.

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Outcomes may display reduced practical skill to begin with- this is normal and students are encouraged to push through more challenging practical activities, identifying their increased skill in the process.

Good application of artists’ styles should be evident, with increasing confidence in selection of contextual sources- link to written personal studies.

Employability skills:

Resilience.

Transferable skill build.

Appreciation of graphics within a fine art context.

 

Year 13 - Art Graphics and Photography 

Curriculum Intention:

Students work on their Unit 1: Coursework until just before Feb HT. Feb HT is used as a time for reflection with students sent away to identify their response to a chosen title. This time allows students to re-focus and reflect upon the success of their previous unit. Final exams have been moved to a slightly earlier point in Term 3 to prevent a sense of disillusion noted in some 13 groups with a longer period of preparatory study, leaving time to revisit the presentation of Unit 1.

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

 

Unit 1: New unit recording and experimentation.

 

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

 

Unit 1: Final outcome and written personal study submission.

Unit 2 title issued and explored.

20th April – 18th May

 

Unit 2: Contextual research and artist analysis. Development.

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

 

Unit 1: Contextual research and artist analysis. Development.

 

24th Feb – 30th March

 

 

Unit 2: recording and experimentation.

1st June – 13th July

 

Unit 1 presentation and refinement.

Moderation visit.

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Confidence in working to evidence each assessment objective should be clear. Students’ independent study, preparation and ability to meet deadlines should be excellent.

 

Employability skills:

Refinement of a practical portfolio- used for interviews and applications.

Critiques that feed into post 6th form study.