Art and Design


The aim of the Art Department is for pupils to develop solid practical skills through which they can explore their creative potential with imagination and resourcefulness. Pupils seek inspiration from the world around them as they explore a range of themes and creative challenges, building confidence in their practical skills and exploring new media, materials and processes. Whilst art is primarily a practical subject, through engaging with the visual arts pupils also develop their visual literacy, problem solving skills, critical thinking and appreciation of the world’s diverse heritage of art, craft and design.

Art also engages us academically with the social, historical and cultural aspects of the world around us, both past and present. The significance of the arts as a form of communication is explored through looking at a variety of relevant source material, art movements, artists and designers. Pupils are encouraged to analyse and evaluate not just their own creative outcomes but those of others through investigating a range of artists and visual material. Developing their confidence in interpreting and expressing opinions and ideas fosters an evolving appreciation of the role that art, craft and design play in our day to day lives and the world around us.

It is the Department’s expectation that pupils are well equipped for lessons with a range of basic drawing equipment including pencils, an eraser and a sharpener. It is also required that they spend and appropriate amount of time on homework tasks and that these are completed to the best of their ability and submitted on time.

Art is a compulsory part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum and all pupils study art for one hour a week in Y7. In years 8 and 9, the visual and performing arts are on a carousel and pupils will have one art lesson a week for half the academic year. Projects are teacher led and pupils will have the opportunity to experience working with a range of materials, techniques and processes. Schemes of Work at Key Stage 3 are informed by National Curriculum requirements and homework is set in accordance with the Loxford Trust Homework Policy.

When? Aut Term 1 Aut Term 2 Spr Term 1 Spr Term 2 Sum Term 1 Sum Term 2
Year 7 The World around Us:

Jungle and Rainforest Animals


Developing basic drawing skills


Range of observational drawings

of animals and plants


The World around Us:

Jungle and Rainforest Animals


Composition for A3 painting


Paint techniques


Colour theory


The World around Us:

Jungle and Rainforest Animals


Develop A3 painting


Background and main areas first


Realistic use of colour


The World around Us:

Jungle and Rainforest Animals


Finalise A3 painting


Texture and detail


Analyse and evaluate painting


Fantastic Fish


Observational drawings


Oil pastel techniques


layering and blending


A4 oil pastel fish drawing


Fantastic Fish


Introduce using clay


Clay fish tile


Write up process and evaluate


Year 8 Portraits


On rotation


Clay  - Green Man Project


On rotation


Collaborative Collages


On rotation


Year 9 Pop Art and Food: Observational Drawings


On rotation


Sculpture – Pop Art Food Sculpture


On rotation


Sweets and Packaging On rotation


The Art Department offers AQA Art, Craft and Design at GCSE as an option subject. The course is teacher led in Y10 and pupils will explore the following themes; ‘Objects and Viewpoints’, ‘Reflection and Distortion’ and ‘Natural and Manmade Structures’. All work completed up until the Externally Set Assignment (exam theme) in Y11 formulates a Coursework Portfolio which is 60% of the final GCSE mark. Pupils then embark upon their ESA from the January to the April of Y11 and this makes up the other 40% of the marks.

The AQA exam paper offers a choice of thematic starting points and pupils will be guided on selecting an appropriate theme for personal exploration. This culminates in a 10 hour timed test at the end of April or beginning of May (spread over 2 school days) during which they produce a considered and sustained final piece.

Whilst drawing is a key component to both their coursework and the Externally Set Assignment, pupils must demonstrate that they can work effectively with a broad range of other materials, media and processes. The Coursework Portfolio and exam (ESA) are marked in accordance with the 4 AQA Assessment Objectives. Whilst extended writing is not a requirement, written explanations and analyses of their own ideas and creative output along with that of artists’ work is an essential part of this GCSE.


Half Term: Autumn 1


Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1


Summer 2
Year 10 Objects and Viewpoints

Observational drawings

Shading techniques

Processes and techniques

Range of media studies




Objects and Viewpoints

Acrylic paint techniques

Colour theory

A4 transcription

Evaluation and annotation


Reflection and Distortion

Observational drawing skills

Evaluation and annotation


Reflection and Distortion

Oil pastel techniques

Layering and blending

A3 oil pastel drawing


Natural and manmade structures

Range of observational drawings

Develop compositions for A2/A1 drawing



Natural and manmade structures

Scale up selected composition

Chalk and pastel techniques

Create designs for clay tile

Clay techniques and processes


Year 11: Introduce Mock Exam Themes

Personal exploration of chosen theme



Introduce Mock Exam Themes

Personal exploration of chosen theme


Introduce Mock Exam Themes

Personal exploration of chosen theme


Exam Preparation






AQA Assessment Objectives:

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.


You should consider taking GCSE Art, Craft and Design as an option if any of the following statements apply to you:

  • You enjoy drawing, painting, photography, clay work and other creative activities
  • You have the drive and motivation to extend and refine your practical skills
  • You are creative, imaginative and resourceful
  • You like to communicate your ideas visually
  • You are considering pursuing a visual arts course in further or higher education
  • You wish to embark upon a creative career in the field of Art and Design

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 90% grades 9-4.

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 78.9% grades 9-4.

Animator, cartoonist or games designer

Illustrator (medical, botanical, food, children’s books etc)

Fashion or millinery designer

Textile designer

Interior designer

Community arts worker

Art teacher, tutor or lecturer

Display and visual merchandiser




Art therapist

Graphic designer

Commercial artist

Museum or gallery curator, manager or educator

Make-up and prosthetics artist for stage and film

Theatre and costume designer

Set designer and model maker

The Art Department is open on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes. Pupils can explore their own creative pursuits or further develop what they are working on in class