• The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that students:
- Produce creative work, exploring ideas and recording experiences
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design experiences.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art craft and design
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
• The design of the curriculum at St Michael’s aims to allow all pupils to build on their previous knowledge and skills through recording, researching and developing. The curriculum also reflects the schools values and beliefs as stated out in the mission statement, ‘Achievement for All’ and that of the LDST, ‘Jesus grew in wisdom and stature’.
• Students at KS3 complete 3 main project each year, which are interrelated and overlapping working in an ever increasing spiral of progression. These projects are designed to enable students to develop skills and knowledge when using a wide variety of media and techniques. Printmaking, drawing and painting and sculpture are all prevalent in the projects taught at KS3 as evidenced on the long term plan. Projects also link to a variety of artists and designers from throughout history to help enable students to give context to the work they are producing.
• Projects and tasks are designed to allow all pupils to access the skills required through specialised resources and teacher guidance and support. Long and medium term plans have been created to try to ensure that a wide variety of knowledge and skills are covered during the course of KS3 to allow pupils to meet the high standards of art and design qualifications at KS4 and KS5. In addition we aim to provide opportunities for students to extend their learning through a variety of competitions, clubs and links with local arts providers.
• Numeracy and literacy is an on-going element of teaching and learning in art. Through for example learning key words and definitions, writing about and analysing artists’ works, the use of skills such as symmetry, proportion and scale. These skills are integral to the projects students complete. At KS4 and 5 students are provided with relevant texts and articles to read which offers further progression of skills and knowledge developed at KS3.
• All students at KS3 receive 1 art lesson per week. It is an option at KS4 with students receiving 2 hours per week, Art is also an option at KS5 with the teaching allocation of 9 hours over 2 weeks.
• The knowledge organiser has been introduced to year 7 learning in 2018/19. It provides keywords, definitions, technical guidance, links to artists and designers and shows links between skills developed at KS3 and those required at KS4 through the inclusion of KS 4 assessment objectives. The knowledge organiser has been designed to enable students to effectively work from home. Knowledge organisers will be introduced in 2019/20 to year 8 further developing the skills and knowledge acquired in year 7.
• A system of regular testing has been introduced to year 7 in 2019, this will be extended to year 8 in the forthcoming year. In addition regular testing will be used in 2019/20 for year 11 students.
• Book scrutiny’s, learning walks, dialogue between staff, student voice feedback and liaising with our staff governor are all strategies used to monitor and evaluate the implementation and impact of the curriculum throughout the department..
• Students are assessed regularly. Each half termly unit has 3 assessed areas, this link to a practical task a written task and either a design task or the final product. At the end of the year students sit an end of year exam which includes the assessment of practical skills as well as theory based knowledge, written analysis and the use of key vocabulary.
• At Ks3 all pupils use sketchbooks, with the use of portfolios and sketchbooks at KS4 and KS5. Students have access to a wealth of resources; this has been a key area of development within the department over the past 4 years with the purchasing of wax pots, lino and screen printing supplies, maintenance and repair of the kiln and the building up of a library of art and design texts.
• Reading and writing is a crucial area of learning. Pupils need to develop the understanding of key words so that they can articulate their ideas accurately. At KS 4 and KS5 students have to write analytically about their own work and the work of other therefore the development of subject specific reading and writing skills is essential at KS3.
• Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. Staff follow the pupil passport suggestions to adapt their teaching to suit the learners. Where TA support is available staff are deployed accordingly. Throughout the year we run competitions/events internally and with other art organisations to encourage students to become involved in the wider art community, in 2019 students from St Michael’s featured art work in exhibitions at The Atkinson, CHET and St Luke’s Church. Class rooms are available for students to work in at lunch times and after school, providing access to work space and equipment.
• Students continue to make good progress in art at all key stages, with GCSE results being consistently above national average.
• Students have access to progress ion routes, at GCSE and A-level so that they can achieve success in the subject and are able to progress on to the next stage of their learning. Art is a popular option at GCSE with numbers increasing over the past 3 years.
• The variety of learning opportunities and skills which are developed in our students ensures that they can all make the most of their talents and interests.
• The range of experiences be they in the classroom, in regular extra-curricular school activities or out of school opportunities mean that pupils can develop their art skills at the same time as developing their cultural awareness.
• Students have gone on to study art with great success at degree level. For other students the transferable skills learnt in art has enabled them to progress onto the courses and careers of their choice.