Debbie Laird – Faculty Lead for Creative Arts & Technology
Deanne Mackenzie – Assistant Faculty lead for Creative Arts & Technology
Sarah Dickens – Teacher of Art & Design Technology, SENCO
Ureta Makoni – Teacher of Food Technology
Carlton Levy – Learning Manager
Leah Whitehouse – CAAT TA apprentice
Our KS3 curriculum allows all students to experience all aspects of Art and design.
We aim to create the very best Artists, Designers and Photographers. We challenge students to think, act and speak like those working in the field. We teach students to become visually literate, so they are able to read, interpret and find meaning in others work and exploring and then re-shaping these ideas and meanings within their own work. Purposeful exploration, making and doing foster artistic and design awareness, understanding and skills. We provide learning contexts that promote the understanding of the creative design industries, their role in the economy and how they can lead to exciting career opportunities. Our curriculum goes far beyond what is taught in lessons, as a department we offer students extracurricular clubs in Photography and Art to invite students to develop their skills and knowledge further in these areas. Our curriculum in Art, Design and Photography forms a backbone to our ethos statement. Working with different materials, processes, tools and technologies sparks pupils’ curiosity, provides intrinsic motivation, pride in their work and their developing skills. Engaging with different design contexts and materials creates highly engaged and motivated learners as they become able to explore the wider world and their place within it. Providing stretch and challenge encourages students to strive for their best, developing increased confidence with each creative obstacle they overcome. We aim to provide an environment in which students are happy to take risks, ask themselves questions about their creative journey and respond positively to both staff and their peers.
As a knowledge engaged curriculum, we believe that knowledge underpins and enables the application of skills; both are entwined. As a department we define the knowledge our students need and help them recall it by scaffolding our curriculum in such a way that students continually revisit skills and build upon them each year, tackling increasingly challenging concepts. As each step in a learning journey develops, it incorporates a deeper understanding of prior learning. Student progress is documented through sketchbooks and online journals along with checklists for key concepts and ideas. We encourage conversation, discussion, and debate about pupils’ own work and about the work of artists and designers. This embeds and extends our students’ knowledge of artistic concepts and principles along with the appropriate language for discussing works of art.
Embedded in our curriculum is the exploration of the work of other artists and designers from a vast spectrum of backgrounds, genders, ethnicities and beliefs. We learn about how the world and its artefacts are represented and about the ideologies running through them. Cultural awareness is developed through creating, investigating, making and doing, this gives our students a voice with which to express their thoughts, feelings about and responses to the world around them.
Further rationale behind our curriculum design includes building opportunities for students to experiment with 2D, 3D, Photographic and digital processes. Students should have sufficient time and opportunity to develop their proficiency and confidence with these materials over the course of their studies.