Chaucer Subject Intent - Art

We intend to teach our students that their creativity is valuable and that the ability to create can be learned. We intend to teach or students that what they see and hear in the world all around them has been created by performers, artists and designers who used skills and understanding that they can have access to. All of our individual schemes of learning are intended to expose students to a wealth or design and self-expression, which they are guided to explore, appreciate and understand. Across both key stages it is our intention that students gain cultural capital and that, more importantly, they are given the skills and knowledge to become participants in the world of creativity.

 Our approach is both cyclical and sequenced: our schemes of work will follow a repeated pattern in all disciplines within the faculty to ensure that our students are increasingly familiar with the aims and purpose of each lesson. A scheme will be centred on a specific and explicitly taught set of skills. We will examine the work of creative practitioners who employ that skill. We will provide students with a vocational brief drawn from the world of creative employment that employs these key skills and require them to consider a personal response to it. Students will be given the opportunity to explore the application of the core skills in a range of forms that become increasingly broad as our students pass through the key stages. Our students will demonstrate their learning with a final act of creativity before evaluating their own work. Each stage of this process is formally assessed and students should expect individualised targets for their own progress at each stage. To provide clarity and continuity our assessment packages are designed to be applicable in as broad a range of projects as possible. It is important to us that students have the opportunity to make significant personal choices in their own work but just as important that they share in the way their success is monitored. Many of the procedures, working practices and resources we use are shared across the faculty and, where appropriate, so is stimulus material.

The sequence in which our skills are taught has been designed so that our students continue to revisit the skills from September of year seven in all projects they encounter going forward. The skills learned first in this sequence are the everyday practice of that discipline and are iteratively added to as learning progresses. It is our intention that by the time our learners reach KS4 they are equipped with a menu of skills and techniques and the self-confidence and permission to explore their application with growing independence.

Underpinning our students understanding is a foundation of specific vocabulary and language use from which our learners can draw to express their thoughts clearly and with confidence.

It is our intention that our learners leave us with the well justified belief that creativity is something that they possess, understand and can express in the real world.

Curriculum description

Year 7, 8 and 9 Art

All students in KS3 have one hour Art lesson per week for the complete year. Students will explore a range of themes and work with a variety media and art techniques throughout this time.

In Year 7 the students will be introduced to a foundation course of ‘Formal Elements” including drawing and colour theory. Two further units will follow on from this.

In Year 8, students will develop and build on skills already learnt in year 7. Students are encouraged to investigate ideas in a sketchbook and to create larger pieces of work in a range of media.

In Year 9 students will explore 3 different themes throughout, critical studies will be entwined within each project, to ensure that students learn from the work of other artists. Students will begin to explore the work of Artist, research and present information in a sketchbook and create a range of practical work and final pieces in different media.

Year 10 and Y11 Art


AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design

The early projects in year 10 tend to be directed, however as the GCSE Art course progress’s students are increasingly encouraged to become more independent. There is an emphasis on drawing, using a wide range of media, and experimentation.  Students are encouraged to improve their skills by looking at the work of other artists and designers. All students will work in a sketchbook which will be used to collect and present information, develop ideas and experiment with materials.

The course is assessed by 60% coursework and 40% final exam