Art & Design

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Curriculum Intent

The intent is to provide a curriculum in Art that is broad, balanced and ambitious and considers the curriculum in its widest sense, ensuring that all pupils, no matter their starting points, backgrounds and individual needs, are afforded the same opportunities and an equal chance to succeed by embedding the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life, and essential knowledge needed to be educated citizens.

At all Key Stages, pupils will engage with scaffolded, carefully considered opportunities to record and analyse from observation, develop technical skills to aid personal expression and communication, develop visual literacy through an awareness and appreciation of art, craft and design from a range of cultures, make informed aesthetic and critical judgements, make connections between their own and others’ ideas and work, identify and solve problems, undertake research and organise and sustain independent work to completion developing a sense of achievement, self awareness and fulfilment in the creation of art-works and a developing degree of self-knowledge as learners, as producers and consumers, and as visually and culturally aware young people.

KS3 is a strong foundation for KS4 and we interpret the requirements of national strategies to provide schemes of work that provide a solid foundation for the demands at GCSE by identifying starting points, waypoints and end points. KS3 is an opportunity to provide those creative experiences that will bridge the gap disadvantage in school, to offer individual solutions for pupils to access the foundational knowledge pupils need in order to access and understand the further curriculum. We use Year 7 to consolidate and extend what was taught at KS1 and KS2 and teach at Novice level.

KS4 is a strong foundation for KS5 and we interpreting the requirements of GCSE courses to provide schemes of work that provide a solid foundation for the demands at A Level by identifying starting points, waypoints and end points. KS4 is taught at Intermediate level and for all pupils is, challenging, supportive and relevant which enables all learners to gain a range of practical skills and understanding that will enable them to have the cultural capital to participate in wider society with confidence.

KS5 is a strong foundation for life outside school and allows pupils to progress onto University Degrees or Apprenticeships. We interpret the requirements of A Level courses to guide individual learning pathways and is taught at Advanced level, encouraging pupils to apply theoretical knowledge & practical skills to a range of learning opportunities. Excellence within Art would mean each pupil leaving Blue Coat with an interest, curiosity, enjoyment and confidence in looking at, exploring and making works of art, craft and design with a sound grasp of practical skills that would enable them to have the cultural capital to participate in wider society.