Bluecoat Aspley Academy Curriculum Intent Statement for Art

The Arts Faculty aims to promote a love of the creative subjects and to use them as a tool for self-expression and a vehicle to explore their thoughts feelings, hopes, and ideas. Using support and teamwork to produce creative outcomes, acknowledging we are all part of the Bluecoat Family and we are courageously inclusive and succeed together. Within the Arts curriculum, students are given the opportunity to explore themes such as family, relationships, faith and cultural backgrounds within their work. Safe spaces are created where students feel confident to share ideas and express their creativity, whilst still respecting the views of others. They will also practice self-respect by trying their best in every lesson, regardless of the challenge.

In the Art curriculum, schemes of work enable students to build upon their skills and knowledge as they progress through the key stages. Each scheme of work teaches students to develop their drawing and recording skills, explore and refine their use of media and develop contextual understanding by researching the work of historical and contemporary artists and designers. Metacognitive skills are woven into the curriculum with students learning to prepare and plan for future developments in their work and to monitor and reflect on their progress.

Expand each Key Stage to access the Curriculum Map and see an overview of what is covered in this subject:

At KS3 in Art students have one hour a week, please see the curriculum map to see what students will learn over the course of their study.

Building on KS2 for Art where students have had the opportunity to produce creative work, explore their ideas, recording their experiences, become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design, know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

In line with the National Curriculum National Curriculum – Art and design key stage 3 ( Students will develop and explore ideas through considered investigations exploring a range of different artist, designers and craftspeople. They demonstrate a suitably broad understanding of context and culture, which inform developments. Students will learn how to refine their ideas and select and employ a range of resources, media, material, techniques and processes. Students will be taught skills to record, respond and synthesise new observations and experiences. Students will learn how to present their ideas and the results of their research and enquiry in new forms that are consistent with intentions.

KS3 Art Curriculum Map

At KS4 in Art students have two hours a week. We follow OCR Specification GCSE – Art and Design (9-1) – J170-J176 (from 2016) – OCR.

As part of GCSE Art studies students will be provided with opportunities to actively engage in the creative process of art, craft and design to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. They will also develop creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities when exploring and making images, artefacts and products. We encourage our students to become confident in taking risks and learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques. Critical understanding is developed through investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills. Students develop and refine their ideas and offer proposals, personal outcomes or solutions with increasing independence. Students acquire and develop technical skills through working with a broad range of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies with purpose and intent. They will develop knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. They will also develop an awareness of the different roles and individual work practices evident in the production of art, craft and design in the creative and cultural industries. As well as this they will develop an awareness of the purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts and as appropriate to learners’ own work. Finally, they will demonstrate safe working practices in art, craft and design.

KS4 Art Curriculum Map


KS5 Fine Art/ Graphic Communication/ Photography (separate A-Level courses) Information

At KS5 in Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Photography pupils have five hours a week. We follow OCR A- Level Specification OCR A Level in Art and Design (H600-H606) Specification, this specification has specific endorsement specification for all Art & Design courses.

Students studying any of the A-Level Art & Design subjects; Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Photography will be given opportunities to develop their intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities. Alongside this they will develop their investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement. Students are encouraged to have an independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes. They will also be provided opportunities to foster an enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design. All students will gain an experience of working with a broad range of media and understand the inter-relationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate. They will gain knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links to the creative industries. They will also deepen their knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures and have an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design

KS5 Art Curriculum Map

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