KS3: Our curriculum design seeks to enable students to become confident and inquisitive creative thinkers and makers. They will develop their visual literacy and abilities to interpret the sights, symbols and structures of the world they live in. Students will develop critical thinking, designing and creating skills. They will work in contexts that provide opportunities to design and communicate meaning, message, expression and emotion through visual imagery and crafts to represent a wide range of experiences and contexts that they may live in and art forms through history.
KS4: At Key Stage 4 the pupils will build on their knowledge and skills formed at KS3, then apply these skills to develop ideas, experiment with art media whilst refining ideas, record ideas through both visual interpretation and the written word and then develop personal responses to a context or theme.
Art and design is a practical and valuable subject. It enables children and young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills. Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.