The intent of our Art curriculum is:

  • To prepare pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing world by developing a curiosity and a willingness to explore.
  • To enable students to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
  • To enable students to see and participate in the world around them
  • To understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
  • To enable students to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern, construction and different materials and processes.
  • To enable students to see how they can become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. Students learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers.
  • To encourage students to understand the world visually, instead of restricting learning and the acquisition of knowledge to words and numbers alone.
  • To enable students to observe the subject matter of the real-world scene they are drawing from and thus make them better observers of detail in the world around them. Developing observational skills through art facilitates the student’s visual sensitivity to the world. .

Our Art Curriculum is implemented by:

  • Showing students a wide variety of artistic movements from a wide range of sources, encouraging them to analyse and question the meaning and motives behind works of art.
  • Exposing students to different cultures. This means offering gallery trips and using links with Bournemouth Arts Institute as well as showing different artefacts and designs.
  • Enabling students to express ideas within the framework of the theme.
  • Recognising individuality, students are encouraged to make their own decisions and develop ideas fully.
  • Creating set-ups, exhibitions and installations that stimulate the senses and enable students to see that the ordinary can be extra ordinary.
  • Encouraging students to take risks through experimental use of media and materials.
  • Engaging students in discussion about their work. In KS3 this will involve regular feedback with ideas for progression. Similar discussions take place with KS4 but will involve more in depth tutorials.

The impact of our Art curriculum is for students to develop:

  • A sense of value and self-worth.
  • An awareness of the beauty and artistic revelation that other cultures can bring.
  • An aesthetic appreciation of the world around them.
  • A collection of skills and techniques that they can apply throughout life.
  • An ability to interpret and critically analyse visual imagery.
  • A means of developing, expressing and communicating their ideas.

Key Stage 4 Assessment
GCSE Exam Board: AQA

GCSE Assessment:
Coursework: 60%
Exam (Controlled Test*): 40%
*This takes place at the end of year 11 and lasts approximately twelve weeks.)


GCSE Specification

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Year Guides – Curriculum Content

Year 7 Art Curriculum Content 23-24

Year 8 Art Curriculum Content 23-24

Year 9 Art Curriculum Content 23-24

Year 10 Art Curriculum Content 23-24

Year 11 Art Curriculum Content 23-24