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  • Miss H King (Head of Dept)

Year 7 Scheme of work  

Year 8 Scheme of work 

Year 9 Scheme of work 

Year 10 Scheme of work 

Year 11 Scheme of work 


Art is a foundation subject and fundamental to every practical design-based subject taught at Archbishop Tenison's School. Art and all activities therein are a way of enabling the children to discover themselves and to make sense of the world in which they live. It is a language for creation, communication and discovery. Each child should be encouraged, and we hope that every child will acquire an understanding of the value of Art education and education through Art. It is hoped that the confidence gained through visual expression will carry through to other subject areas and will eventually lead to the enhancement of personal and social skills. Art is Life!

As an Art Department, we participate within the community and involve students, parents and other agencies in aspects of delivering the curriculum across all year groups.

We continually visit galleries and public events with all year groups, and our policy is to broaden understanding of the arts via professional involvement, formal and otherwise, and to encourage pupils to contribute independently and wholeheartedly without prejudice and fear of rejection.

As a Department, we maintain strong links with parents, carers, stakeholders and associations within the community. Art based connections are strong, both with galleries and places of further education. We have a strong and positive reputation within art institutions, and pupils and parents often choose Archbishop Tenison's because of the Art.  The Art department has strong links with the Tate Galleries and our students continue to take part in Tate Collective. 

Key Stage 3 and 4 Art is taught in two large purpose-built studios situated at the top of the school. They are equipped with up-to-date ICT equipment and facilitate the teaching of 2D disciplines and 3D activities. There is a kiln room located next to the Art suite and clay has been a favourite part of the curriculum delivery. Students study the Fine Art endorsement by AQA which allows flexibility to explore a range of different materials, techniques and processes within their own practise.

Key Stage 3

All Art disciplines are covered and the basic skills of drawing, painting and making are demonstrated and practised. Year 7 teaching is based upon the formal elements. Tone and colour work is advanced and elements of Art History are introduced. Key artists are always contextualised and written responses to the work and life of artists is expected.

Observational accuracy and the manipulation and realisation of ideas are paramount, and individual responses are valued within the activity.

Key Stage 4

There are 2 Units of work that make up the overall GCSE grade:

Unit 1: Portfolio of work – This is controlled assessment work, which is set and marked by the centre and then moderated by the exam board. The marks are awarded out of 96 and this figure makes up 60% of the overall exam grade. Candidates portfolio of work is selected from coursework undertaken during the course of study and must include more than one project.

Unit 2: Externally set task – This is the exam themed task which is set by the exam board, marked by the centre and then moderated by the exam board. The marks are awarded out of 96 and this figure makes up 40% of the overall exam grade. The exam is made up of 2 parts. Firstly, preparation – candidates plan for their final piece/s of project work based on the theme given on the exam paper. Then candidates must produce the final piece/s of work within an exam of 10 hours – under exam conditions (their own unaided work). This task is set in the January of year 11 and the controlled 10 hour exam happens at the end of April.

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