“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
At KS3, students begin exploring the five essential elements of art. These include; colour, tone, line, texture and space. These five elements are the building blocks to prepare every student with the skills required to excel at a GCSE level. The elements are explored through studying a myriad of different artists to learn not only the practical application of skills but also the theory behind them. As students progress onto year eight they study different key eras of art and the movements that defined them. Students receive a well rounded, versatile knowledge of Art & Design to allow them to progress to a further education. These skills stay with them for life, we teach our students how to persevere through mistakes and manage the emotions that come with creating something in this world.
At KS4, students follow the AQA GCSE specification. This has been designed to allow students to develop knowledge and understanding during the course through a variety of learning experiences and approaches, including engagement with sources. This will allow them to develop the skills to explore, create and communicate their own ideas.
The course consists of two components, a portfolio of coursework (worth 60%) and a practical exam or externally set assignment (worth 40%). Each has four areas of assessment which are equally weighted, however this does emphasise how the learning journey is more valuable than the final outcome:
At year 9, students undertake the bronze level arts award. This arts award sets St Luke's apart from other educational establishments. Through the arts award students create a portfolio of work and research that is presented to an exam board. Students gain a qualification that sets them up before they begin GCSE. Students also focus on an intro to GCSE level course, they get to experience the forms studied at GCSE and explore the course before choosing it as an option.
Our students will also have the option of completing the NCDE award in art and design. They work hard to improve their skills across five different units:
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.