Curriculum Intent

 

In art and design our intent is to ensure that all our students receive a rich and varied curriculum which encompasses the skills and knowledge required to develop an understanding of the different specialisms with the world around them. We aim to make our programme of study appealing to meet the range of needs that our learners present. Our curriculum is adapted over the year to meet our student’s needs and voice.

At KS3 students begin a programme of study designed sequentially towards the demands of KS4. Lindsworth accepts pupils who have experienced challenges and placement breakdown and our Art, Craft and Design curriculum aims to develop student’s self-confidence, self-belief and motivation whilst giving them the ability to build upon skills and to be enabled to express themselves. We aim to raise our students pride in their work through showcasing their talents. We strive to broaden their understanding of the world around them.

 

We aim to develop over time during KS3 a number of areas:

• To be able to creatively express ideas and experiences

• To be able to analyse and select appropriately the work of different artists and from different cultures and make connections to their own work.

• To be able to experiment with a range of media, techniques and processes relevant to intentions

• To be able to organise and develop ideas relevant to given theme and own intentions

• To be able to produce skilful final outcomes

 

The curriculum is planned to develop the key skills, knowledge and techniques to make the necessary progress towards KS4. We aim to make our key stage 3 programme of study exciting and original and this will impact significantly to make GCSE options more popular and the creative industry more attractive as a career choice.

 

Art Craft and Design KS3 is a three-year programme of study and is implemented from the national curriculum guidelines. It is delivered by specialist teachers. Our curriculum is reviewed every year and adapted to meet the needs of our students and reflect the strengths of the staff delivering the curriculum. Changes are implemented throughout the year when they are needed.

 

GCSE exam board and syllabus are selected and delivered to meet the needs of the students who have opted each year. This ensures that we are personalising our GCSE course options at Key stage 4.

 

 

Implementation of the curriculum

 

Learning is implemented by exploring, experimenting and developing skills in a variety of media to produce a wide range of outcomes. Within the schemes of learning we link subject specific content to practising artists, jobs and careers.

Technical support is provided on 4 days a week.

Artists are invited in to school to work alongside our students during the year, they are selected in collaboration with our student voice.

 

Year 7 Benchmarking

The majority of our students have missed a significant amount of their education and have a large gap in their creative development of skills. This can have a negative impact on students’ artistic abilities. Through the focus of SATS in key stage 2 the time allocated to teaching the arts is very limited and this has a negative impact on students’ artistic abilities.

 

 This year we are implementing a benchmarking programme to help identify students’ strengths’ and weaknesses and this will help model the schemes of work. This will be a two-term programme to assess students’ abilities in practical skills and evaluations of their own ideas as well the work of artists. This allows adequate time for students to settle and attend a sequential set of lessons. This is important to allow a learner profile to be created.

 

Students targets will be increased or decreased based on their benchmark assessment.

 

Arts Award Bronze level 1 qualification

 

We are in our third year of delivering the arts award. We start the delivery of the award at the start of year 8 and we would expect some students to complete this by the end of year 8. Students who complete most of the award by the end of year 8 will have the opportunity to complete this fully in year 9. We aspire to ensure all students are given the opportunity to gain an arts qualification in key stage 3.

 

GCSE Option

 

GCSE Art is structured into two parts: portfolio 60% and externally set task 40%

GCSE Art will run as either a one-year (7 lessons a week) OR two-year (4 lessons a week) course.

 

The portfolio begins in year 10, students produce work and develop more ideas in response to a set theme. Students are given more personal choice (if they have shown the ability to work with independence), using their previous experience of materials to select what they want to produce in response to the theme.

 

The externally set task is the exam title set by the exam board. Students have a given length of time to research, develop ideas and experiment with materials to produce a personal piece of work from one of the given starting points.

At the end of the GCSE course we showcase our students work through exhibiting final pieces at the Birmingham School of Art, alongside other schools within Birmingham. This allows us to showcase the diverse talents within our school and celebrate our success with students and their guardians, family and friends.

 

Curriculum Overview

Year

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

Discovering the arts

Colour /drawing / painting / evaluating skills

Benchmarking / Base lining

Ceramics Gargoyles

Gothic architecture

SMSC Careers guidance British Values Sex Education

Personal identity – body image

Mental health - art for pleasure

SMSC: Exploring the work of different cultures through their art Exploring local architecture

Year 8

Print Making

Pop art

Degas

Exhibition visit

Mixed media landscape - 2D

Location photography

 

3D Modelling

Health and safety test

Metal work or Wood work

 

 

Arts award level 1 qualification

Part A, B & Part D

Exhibition of own work on site

SMSC

 

Careers British Values Sex Education

SMSC: Exploring the work of different cultures through their art

 

Looking at the work of British artists and their mark making processes

SMSC: Exploring the work of different cultures through their art

 

Exploring local and other landscapes

Citizenship – looking after our landscapes

SMSC: career pathways into industry

Chemicals / solvent abuse – negative impacts upon our body

Year 9

Monochromatic painting

Silk painted Christmas cushions

Portraits

Mixed media

GCSE – personal project

What to expect if I opt at GCSE level

SMSC

 

Careers British Values Sex Education

Understanding about expectations, resilience, self-motivation, persistence of quality and how these skills are essential in the artistic working world.

Self-portrait and identity. Pupils exploring aspect about what makes them unique – British Values

 

career pathways into industry

 

Development of ideas and personal responses. Pupils explore the idea of self and learn to develop designs, refine ideas and develop outcomes in the way a working artist would.

 

Future career explorations

Year 10

 

One-year course option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to GCSE project

Skill building

Observational studies

Photography

Research artists

Exhibition and location visits.

Experiments in mixed media

Analysis

 

OCR Externally set task given out in preparation for end of year examination Exam paper contains a series of starting points that students and staff agree on. This will form the final project and culminates in the end of year 10-hour exam in April/May

 

End of year 10-hour exam

 

Portfolio enhancing

 

Presenting final ideas

 

Preparations for exhibiting work

 

Planning final ideas

Mock Exam

 

SMSC

 

Careers British Values Sex Education

Ethics – understanding how artists work

Adopting correct working ethics with the arts

Future careers

Mental health – arts and your well being

Exam prep

Year 10

Two-year option

Introduction to GCSE project

Skill building

Practical skills development

Observational studies Photography

Research artists

Exhibition and location visits.

 

 

Experiments in mixed media

Analysis of ideas

 

SMSC

 

Careers British Values Sex Education

Ethics – understanding how artists work

Adopting correct working ethics with the arts

 

Mental health – arts and your well being

Future careers

Year 11

Two – year option

Planning final ideas

 

Mock exam

OCR Externally set task given out in preparation for end of year examination Exam paper contains a series of starting points that students and staff agree on. This will form the final project and culminates in the end of year 10-hour exam in April/May

 

End of year 10-hour exam

 

Portfolio enhancing

 

Presenting final ideas

 

Preparations for exhibiting work

 

SMSC

 

Careers British Values Sex Education

Ethics – sustainable resources within the arts

Mental health issues within the arts

 

Exam prep

         

 

 

Impact

 

In art and design we believe the curriculum will have a positive impact on the development of every student. The impact of our curriculum can be measured through quality, well-conceived outcomes. Students will be able to develop an appreciation of Art and Design in contemporary society.

Evidence of knowledge and skills throughout the courses will be visible in sketchbooks, portfolios and displays.

 

Through improving our year 7 benchmark programme we will be able to tailor learning to meet more specific needs. We will create flight paths for target levels from year 7 into year 11 therefore gaining more accurate assessments and student learner profiles.

 

Through reviewing our schemes of work and listening to students’ ideas it enables our curriculum to be enjoyable and this will impact positively on behaviour and attitudes to learning within the arts, as well as high quality art pieces being produced. We develop new projects to inspire our students and keep ideas fresh. It is important for our students to feel success and to raise their self-belief. We feel this is achieved through our arts programme of study.

 

Achievements

Silver Artsmark

 

Lindsworth School has been awarded the prestigious Arts Council England Artsmark Silver Award for the first time, in November 2019. Managed by Arts Council England, Artsmark is a national award scheme which recognises schools with a high provision in the arts. The scheme encourages schools to consider the opportunities they offer within the Arts. By gaining an Artsmark, a school shows its commitment to the wider development of young people and teachers and to raising the profile of the arts in the school and the local community.

 

We are delighted that the Arts Council continues to recognise Lindsworth School’s stimulating and exciting arts curriculum. Our Statement of Commitment and follow up Case Study/Statement of Impact was worthy of a Silver Award for a number of reasons.

 

The Arts Council’s comments were as follows:

 

“Congratulations on a positive start to your Artsmark journey! Lindsworth School is steadily increasing the emphasis on arts and culture, and engaging with the Arts is clearly having tangible results on pupils, and wider staff teaching and learning. Projects with the Crafts Council around metalwork have fostered really positive outcomes in terms of pupil behaviour, concentration and attainment. This has led to an increase in uptake of arts-based subjects and requests for more coming through pupil voice activities. It is really good to hear about KS3 doing Arts Award. Working alongside artists from the Crafts Council has also supported staff development too. As you have seen the impact one, limited programme can have, what would happen if you increased this for the future? Staff confidence has been further been raised by internal CPD support from the specialist art teacher, and the newly employed art technician.”

 

As part of progressing our Artsmark journey into GOLD we have been advised to,

 “continue to develop your curriculum, it will be important to build strong, long term relationships with arts and cultural partners who could work directly with pupils, but also provide CPD for all staff, and help staff plan to embed authentic artistic experiences throughout the curriculum. Pupils are visiting arts venues and having arts and cultural experiences in school, but working jointly with arts organisations on staff CPD, and in planning and developing the curriculum together will foster the strongest results in terms of relationships and pupil outcomes. Investigating local Artsmark Partners might help with this. To gather the momentum for this and embed the Arts strategically within the school, SLT may wish to consider co-opting a governor from an arts organisation.”
 

Staying on our Artsmark journey will help us explore new objectives and further enhance our arts and cultural provision. It will equip pupils with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life and nurture their imagination and creativity through a high-quality arts and cultural education.

 

It is our aim to continue to develop our arts provision and extend the effects and influence of our Artsmark engagement further through activities, experiences and CPD that benefit both pupils and teachers in tangible ways. Furthermore, as we reflect on our practice over time and cement our partnerships with arts organisations and other providers we aim to develop the school’s capacity to champion this approach to education and share our experiences more widely.

 

The Artsmark Award demonstrates Lindsworth School’s strong commitment to the arts. It also acknowledges the importance of students given the opportunity to gain a qualification for the arts at key stage 3. The arts are very important to us at Lindsworth School and we shall continue to work within the Artsmark scheme to help us develop our provision further.

Gallery of work

Students in year 8, 9 & 10 have developed skills using 2d design and laser cutting to produce a Christmas light. During this project students demonstrated higher levels of motivation and determination to finish their lights to take home for Christmas. The final products were of a high quality and students felt extremely proud