What is our curriculum intent?

Our intent is to enable all students to become subject experts through engagement across our ‘Big Ideas’: 

  • TECHNIQUE – Solidifying core skills in Art and Design and practicing in order to improve confidence and proficiency. 
  • REFINEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT – Demonstrating the process of re-drafting and experimentation to produce increasingly creative art work that shows meaning and purpose. 
  • RESEARCH AND CONTEXTUAL STUDY – Exploring the work of artists, crafts people and designers as a sources of inspiration for their work, understanding art in context and using key ideas and themes to underpin that of their own. 
  • ANALYSISING AND EVALUATING – Using the process of analysis to develop deeper understanding and reflection of their own work to aid personal development as well as visual and subject specific language. 

At the heart of the Art curriculum is perfecting skills and experimentation. We want all students to reach a competent level of skill and application and have the ability to lead and develop their work in an experimental direction.  

How do we implement our curriculum?

1. Through what we teach, when, as laid out below:

Year 7

  • Unit 1 Formal Elements: Monsters!
    Students undertake rigorous explorations of key media, reinforced using fundamental skills and understanding of the formal elements in Art, craft and design. 
  • Unit 2 Contextual Studies: Sweets 
    Students continue to build upon their knowledge of the formal elements, developing an understanding of repeat patterns, Op and Hyperrealist Art.   

Year 8

  • Unit 1 Day of the Dead:
    Students delve into the heart of Mexican culture, exploring imagery, symbolism and traditional printmaking to celebrate the Day of the Dead Fiesta.
  • Unit 2 Bugs and Beasties:
    Focusing on a more traditional fine art concepts, students recall knowledge of the formal elements, mark making and illustrative practise to explore the world of bugs, beasties and all things crawly!

Year 9

  • Unit 1 Pour, Drip, Spill and Spray:
    From the traditional to the conceptual, students will explore working towards a design brief and designing for a purpose.  Students will engage with creative typography, media manipulation and magazine design.
  • Unit 2 Go Figure!:
    Figurative art and contemporary
     design.  This project will see students create their own mini ‘Munny’ characters, developing their design journey from start to finish through investigation and exploration of illustration, graphic communications and 3D construction. 

2. Through how we group students

Students are taught Art in mixed ability groups.

3. Through the homework we set

Art homework in Year 7 enables students to continue their development outside of lesson time, a crucial habit for students to adopt early on. Homework is tailored in order to allow for prior learning about an artist, movement or technique, as well as to consolidate skills and knowledge taught in lesson. Homework tasks are structured in order to allow students to gradually become more independent as the year progresses, nurturing their creativity and autonomy. Students require access to basic art media for homework activities (Watercolours, Pencils, Pencil Crayons etc). Firefly is the online tool used at Wilmslow High in order to helps students organise their homework tasks and refer to detailed information easily. Students are required to bring their folder/sketch book to every lesson and to meet all homework deadlines. Students do need to be properly equipped with ‘brilliant basics’ and this will be discussed by their Teacher within the first week. 

In Year 8 and 9, homework in Art is completed within student’s sketchbooks. This facilitates a variety of forms / visual outcomes including: 

  • Practical skill-development tasks 
  • Collection of materials – Printed, found materials, stationary etc 
  • Research 
  • Developing independent learning and ICT skills 

 All homework’s are designed to build upon work taught in lesson and is designed to enhance and refine practical skills and engagement.