Pupils are taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

Pupils will know how to:

  • use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks as a basis for exploring their ideas.
  • use a range of techniques and media, including pencil, oil pastel, print and paint.
  • increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
  • analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact and progress that they make.
  • about the history of art, craft and design including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day contemporary art practice.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We endeavour to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Art and design programmes of study KS3

Purpose of study

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • 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.


At key stage three we set 3 homework projects over the year in order to develop independent learning skills and develop skills learnt in the classroom. Pupils will also be set small tasks that prepare them for an ambitious lesson for example: taking a photo of themselves or a favourite object, collecting materials for a mixed media lesson or completing a task by acting upon precise and specific feedback in order to aim for and potentially surpass their target grade.


Pupils are welcome to use the art department at lunch and after school to complete work, create ambitious home works and develop individual and independent ideas.

Art Curriculum Map 2017