Vision:

 

Here at SFX we actively encourage all pupils to achieve their true potential by providing a stimulating and inclusive curriculum, ensuring that all pupils experience challenge and enjoyment through art, craft and design. 

The department aims to develop pupil’s understanding of cultural diversity and the need for mutual respect, in addition to offering the opportunity for spiritual and ethical development. As a result, our schemes of work are reviewed and updated yearly across all Key Stages.

Additional support at extra-curricular sessions at lunch and after school help further foster the strong relationship between staff and pupils and this in turn boosts pupils’ confidence, progress and individuality. We also cultivate skills in effective communication, both through visual language and expression of opinion.

Celebration of pupil’s achievements are promoted through our excellent classroom and whole school displays, and via social media.

We also raise awareness of the varied career paths which can lead on from studying the subject so pupils are able to make informed decisions about their future.

Staff:

  • Mrs V Charlett – Head of Art
  • Mrs D Harris 
  • Miss E Robinson
Courses: 

Key Stage 3 – what course are you following:


All pupils in KS3 will learn about the ‘Formal Elements’ (line, shape, form, colour, texture, pattern, composition) across the key stage. 

They will also study a wide range of Contextual Sources which will refer to an appropriate mix of both historic and contemporary and covering artists with specialisms such as: painting, printmaking, installation/sculpture, photography/film, illustration, graphic design, architecture, fashion, textiles, ceramics.

Year 7

Term 1 Topics & Content:
Pupils make creative responses within the theme of ‘Natural Forms’ and or ‘Still Life’, reflecting on and responding to organic and man-made shape, form and structure.

They will develop technical skills in observational tonal drawing 

Term 2 Topics & Content:
Pupils make creative responses within the theme of ‘Natural Forms’ and or ‘Still Life’, reflecting on and responding to organic and man-made shape, form and structure.

They will develop technical skills in watercolour/gouache painting 

Term 3 Topics & Content:
Pupils make creative responses within the theme of ‘Natural Forms’ and or ‘Still Life’, reflecting on and responding to organic and man-made shape, form and structure.

They will develop technical skills in 3d construction using wire.    

Year 8

Term 1 Topics & Content:
Pupils make creative responses within the theme of ‘Personal and or Cultural Identity’, reflecting on and responding to gender, stereotypes, internal and external factors (including looks and emotions) and symbolism.

They will broaden their technical skills using varied drawing styles

 

Term 2 Topics & Content:
Pupils make creative responses within the theme of ‘Personal and or Cultural Identity’, reflecting on and responding to gender, stereotypes, internal and external factors (including looks and emotions) and symbolism.

They will broaden their technical skills in painting by using acrylic paint

Term 3 Topics & Content:
Pupils make creative responses within the theme of ‘Personal and or Cultural Identity’, reflecting on and responding to gender, stereotypes, internal and external factors (including looks and emotions) and symbolism.

They will develop technical skills in mixed-media and collage.

Year 9

Term 1 Topics & Content:
Pupils make creative responses within the theme of ‘Here and Now’, reflecting on and responding to global issues, environment, politics, world news and other contemporary events.

They will build on existing technical skills using varied drawing styles 

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Pupils make creative responses within the theme of ‘Here and Now’, reflecting on and responding to global issues, environment, politics, world news and other contemporary events.

They will develop new technical skills in print-making.

Term 3 Topics & Content:
Pupils make creative responses within the theme of ‘Here and Now’, reflecting on and responding to global issues, environment, politics, world news and other contemporary events.

They will build on existing skills painting to make a personal ‘statement’.

Key Stage 4 –
AQA Art, Craft and Design and AQA Textile Design

Year 10

Term 1 Topics & Content:
Portfolio exploration starting with sketchbooks, based on a project starting point which changes yearly

A01 – Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating cultural understanding of sources.

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Portfolio development of materials and ideas within and out of the sketchbook
A02 – Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Ideas collated, annotated and presented in a series of final responses appropriate to the individual portfolio project
A03 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions as work progresses.
A04 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Year 11

Term 1 Topics & Content:
Portfolio exploration based on a starting point which is specific to the individual. Portfolio development of materials and ideas
A01 – Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating cultural understanding of sources.
A02 – Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

Term 2 Topics & Content:
Portfolio development of materials and ideas within and out of the sketchbook. Ideas are collated, annotated and presented in a series of final responses appropriate to the individual portfolio project
A03 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions as work progresses.
A04 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Term 3 Topics & Content:
Externally Set Assignment – choose from set questions provided by AQA, working towards AO1, 2, 3 and 4 (Create a final response within  the 10 hour exam)

Final hand in of all Portfolio work and Exam work

Key Stage 5
AQA Art, Craft and Design

Year 12

Term 1 Topics & Content:
Portfolio exploration based on a mutually agreed starting point which is specific to the individual
AO1Develop their ideas sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and

other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding

 

Term 2 Topics & Content:
Portfolio development of materials and ideas within and out of the sketchbook

A02 – Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques

and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops

Term 3 Topics & Content:
Ideas are collated, annotated  and presented in a series of final responses appropriate to the individual portfolio journey
A03 – Record observations and insights relevant to intentions, 

Reflecting critically on work and progress.

Year 13

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Review portfolio, collate ideas to form final responses and begin to construct personal Investigation Essay
A03 – Record observations and insights relevant to intentions, Reflecting critically on work and progress.
AO4 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where

appropriate, makes connections between visual and or other elements

Term 2 Topics & Content:
Externally Set Assignment – choose from set questions provided by AQA, working towards AO1, 2 and 3

Term 3 Topics & Content:
Create a final response (A04) within  the 15 hour exam

Final hand in of all Portfolio work and Exam work

 

Out of Hours Activities (what, when,where):


KS4

Lunch times daily in A1 and A2

After school 3:10-5pm (currently Wednesday and Thursday) A1 and A2

KS5
Use of 6th Form art room as a studio space throughout the school day

Department Website Links (including exam boards, revision sites etc):

https://www.aqa.org.uk/

https://www.instagram.com/artdept_sfx/

https://twitter.com/art_sfx

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/

https://www.tate.org.uk/

https://www.vam.ac.uk/

https://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

https://www.saatchigallery.com/

https://www.moma.org/