Art & Design

Year 7

Very broad themes form the basis of each year of study at Key Stage 3. These themes revolve around the self, our environment and what is natural and man-made. These are used as a stimulus for study. Skill building is a key element to everything that is done: learning and experiencing techniques and processes helps every pupil to develop their practice. A number of fundamental concepts are also taught which support the work produced.

Our framework includes a focus on drawing, painting, textiles, graphics, and photography.

Pupils are introduced to artists’ work to inform their own work, allowing them to become more culturally aware.

Progress and understanding is aided by regular teacher demonstration and art club opportunities are available on various days. In such clubs, pupils can seek extra advice over homework or, indeed, work they have chosen. As Year 7 progresses, pupils are introduced to observational work to underpin their development in the subject.

Year 8

There is a natural progression from Year 7 to Year 8. Much of the same broad themes are adhered to whilst exploring them in greater depth and differing ways.

Use of media is varied with exciting activities that build upon skills learnt in Year 7, extending to 3D work, graphic design/ICT, and textiles.

An appreciation of the various formal elements that underpin art and design is integrated, such as colour and pattern. As well as sustained teacher demonstration, there is also opportunity to refer to previous exemplar work by other pupils.


Homework, as always, will relate to the on-going class activity and contribute towards assessment, whether it be a practical continuation or perhaps the necessity of collecting relevant source material.

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils continue with building skills and preparing for study at GCSE. They are also encouraged to adopt a personal approach to their work. The work covers ranges from drawing and painting to textiles and graphics.

Yet more advanced techniques are passed on through teacher demonstration; this ensures that every pupil can make progress and find excitement within the subject.

Analysis and connection to other artists’ work is further stimulated by the opportunity to experience their work at first hand.

Every level of ability is catered for within the Key Stage 3 Art Programme. Through a progressive, sequential, framework pupils are allowed to develop their ability within the subject.