“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
The curriculum in KS3 is designed to give students a broad experience of art, textiles, design, and building skills in a wide range of media. Students are encouraged to experiment and develop skills in creativity and problem solving through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, textiles, mixed media, and sculpture.
Wherever appropriate, the projects taught will be differentiated to help engage the students, using their own interests to help deliver the skills taught. They will develop a number of skills over the two years, including tonal shading, colour theory, textiles, markmaking, clay work, and monoprinting.
In addition to the techniques and processes taught, students will explore the work of artists and designers. In year 7 and 8, these will include:
In KS4, students have the opportunity to gain an arts award qualification alongside a NCFE qualification in art and design. These are vocational qualifications where students will develop skills in traditional art skills as well as personal skills such as self-reflection and leadership. The KS4 course is aimed at students of all abilities who have an interest in the arts.
Our students will complete the bronze arts award, where they will develop new skills in art, reviewing an arts event, researching an arts inspiration, and sharing art skills with others. They will also have the opportunity to complete the following projects:
In year 10 and 11, students will complete their silver arts award by completing
the following two units:
1) Arts Challenge
2) Arts Leadership
Gathering others’ opinions of their leadership.
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.