Our Curriculum Intent 

Our Art curriculum is designed to offer exciting and stimulating opportunities to create, design and explore, differentiated to meet the needs of all our learners. At the heart of this is the teaching of core skills, knowledge, concepts and values, which are a spiralled and recurring across all Years. Equally important is the development of inter-personal skills that will contribute to the development of happy, well-rounded students who can thrive. We aim to build on prior learning with the aim of developing responsible, independent and confident artists (RIC) who can adapt and apply their skills within a range of situations and disciplines. This gives students the best opportunity to develop a genuine love of the subject as well as being able to showcase their talent and develop their skills. As well as a stimulating class-based learning environment, we aim to offer our students a rich and diverse extra-curricular programme. 


Gold Standard Teaching and Learning in Art  

Goal Orientated (Planning for Progress)  

  •  Starter Task in every lesson.  
  • Blooms, learning objectives displayed clearly.  
  • Students understand the Big Picture, what they are learning and why.  
  • Links to RIC (Resilience, Independence and Confidence).  
  • Highly effective and varied questioning.  

Open dialogue (Feedback for improvement).    

  • Regular assessment and feedback.  
  • Literacy marking in line with literacy stickers.  
  • Student response to feedback (DIRT) using green pen.  
  • Self and peer-assessment used to develop independence.  
  • Progress tracked on student’s assessment maps  

Learning Environment  

  • Positive Learning Environment created by mutually respectful relationships.  
  • Adults consistently model the values of the school and support curriculum intent.  
  • Reward effort and resilience by providing opportunities for students to speculate, investigate, and make mistakes.  
  • Pride is shown in their learning through the presentation of work.  

Differentiation for Challenge and support  

  • Data and student information is used to plan for individual needs.   
  • Stretch and challenge is provided for High Ability students.  
  • Oracy in the classroom is a priority; students respond to questions or contributions in full sentences (talk for writing).  
  • Additional intervention provided for those who need it. 



Key Stage 4 Examination Overview 

GCSE (9-1) OCR Art and Design 

Component 1 Portfolio 

Component 2 Externally set Task (Exam) 


What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child? 

A set of graded pencils – these will benefit the child all the way through their Art and Design education. 

A good quality set of colouring pencils (KS4 only, Year 9, 10 & 11) – Example brands: Prismacolour, Faber-Castell, Arteza, Derwent 




Fine liners (KS4 only, Year 9, 10 & 11) 


What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use? 

OCR Exam Board – 

Pinterest – this website/app is extremely useful in KS4 Year 9, 10 & 11 to gather ideas and inspiration. 

This is Colossal – this website is great for ideas in KS4 – 

Tate – this website is great for students to complete research and fin new ideas and artists – 


What can I do to encourage my child to take further interest in Art? 

Encouraging students to do Art work at home such as drawing, doodling, designing something really helps engage students in the possibilities of Art and Design.  

If possible, taking students to galleries and local exhibitions also gives them an opportunity to see historical and contemporary Artist’s work. This creates an aspect of realism and shows the students that what they’re learning is all based on actual real life people.  


What after school or other extracurricular activities are available in Art and when are they? 

There are extra-curricular clubs on most days for students. See website or ask at school for this term’s latest club matrix 


Email Links 

To find out more about the curriculum we are studying please contact staff via email