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Art & Design

Art

Key Stage 3:

In KS3 the art curriculum is focussed on developing pupils’ artistic skills in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Pupils study the lives and works of many artists to see how and why they make art.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

Edexcel Art and Design

Pupils work on thematic projects (e.g. Power). Pupils learn how to develop their own individual projects based on observational drawing and artists’ research. Pupils develop their visual, verbal and written communication skills.

A Level in Photography (Art and Design):
Students will work in analogue and digital photography, developing their use of lens-based media through artistic methods. They will advance their technical and creative skills, learning and experimenting with a range of techniques such as creative lighting, darkroom practice, image editing and use of mixed media for their photographic artwork. Students will learn how to develop a project on a chosen theme, for which sketchbook skills, analysis of artists’ work and written annotations are very important. Student projects and examination pieces will be exhibited at the end of the academic year, showcasing their strongest work.


Food and Nutrition

Key Stage 3:

Pupils are taught on a rotational system with the other Design and Technology subjects. They have approximately 20 one-hour lessons each year, most of a practical nature. Groups are mixed in ability.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

At GCSE level we offer Eduqas Food Preparation and Nutrition. The syllabus covers Food Commodities, Principles of Nutrition, Diet and good Health, Food Sciene, Food Provenance and practical food preparation skills.

The Catering course covers commodities, nutrition and menu planning. There are two practical examinations of two hours and a theory paper. The coursework for Hospitality involves working in a group to plan and cater for an event of the pupils’ choice and there is a theory paper. Pupils will wear “chefs whites” for their practical sessions.

Sixth Form:

WJEC Level 3 Food Science – from September 2017. This course consists of 3 units.

  1. Meeting the nutritional needs of specific groups.
  2. Ensuring food is safe to eat.
  3. Experimenting to solve food production problems or 4 Current issues in food science and nutrition.

Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials

Key Stage 3:

Key Stage 3 Design and Technology is taught in rotations. Pupils spend approximately 12 weeks in each material area.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

OCR Resistant Materials
The GCSE allows students to study core technical which will include all areas of technology including:

  • Resistant Materials
  • Textile Technology
  • Graphic Products
  • Product Design
  • System and Control

In addition, pupils will also study designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth. In order to be successful in this subject you need to be able to manipulate materials confidently.

AQA Level 1/2 Technical Award Material Technology

This practical, work-related course will enable you to learn more about the practical side of the subject.

It enables learners to work in a hands on way to develop the core skills needed to manufacture products in their area of interest. There will also gain an insight to potential career opportunities within this sector.

Pupils who complete the course will achieve either a Level 2 Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass, equivalent to GCSE passes from 5 - 9 or a Level 1 Credit, equivalent to a GCSE grade 1 – 4.

Unit 1: Skills Demonstration (30%) – pupils will undertake a number of mini projects that will allow them to be assessed against 12 practical skills.

Unit 2: Extended Making Project (30%) - pupils will undertake an extended making project that will showcase the skill they have developed in unit 1 and draw on the knowledge gained in unit 3.

Unit 3: Fundamentals of Material Technology (40% external assessment) – pupils will sit a one and a half written examination focusing on:

  • Knowledge of materials and their properties
  • Commercial
  • Industrial processes
  • Career opportunities
  • Joining, adhesives and finishes

Section A of the paper comprises 20 multiple choice questions.

Sixth Form:

We offer a broad based 3D Design course covering all aspects of the design process. Throughout the course we look at Graphics, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, Theory of Design, Design History, Materials etc., leading to a portfolio of coursework during Year 12. During Year 13 student do an extended project that is of the student’s choice (in an area of their interest e.g. Product Design / Interior Design / Architectural). This will lead to a single design and make project that will account for approximately 60 hours of the course.


Textiles

Key Stage 3:

Key Stage 3 Design and Technology is taught in rotations. Pupils spend approximately 12 weeks in each material area.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

AQA GCSE Art & Design: Textiles is offered at Key Stage 4. Pupils develop artistic knowledge in order to inspire the development of ideas relevant to textile design including how ideas, feelings, forms and purposes can generate responses that address personal needs. They develop a knowledge of visual language and use weaving, felting, stitching, appliqué, printing and construction methods to create innovative textiles pieces.

In year 10 and 11, pupils complete a sustained piece of coursework and undertake an externally set practical assessment in year 11.

Sixth Form:

We offer a Level 3 BTEC Art & Design (Textiles) course in the sixth form.

In Year 12 students work towards the Certificate, which is equivalent to an AS qualification. Students undertake a Fashion Materials and Processes project followed by an externally set exam on Critical and Contextual Studies.

In Year 13 students continue towards a Diploma, equivalent to one A Level. Units studied include Visual Recording and The Creative Process.

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