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The intent of the Art Curriculum

The Art curriculum at Sir John Leman High School has been created with the intention of developing awareness of different cultures and to offer traditional teaching of the essential skills of drawing and painting to help students develop confidence in their work and encourage them to explore a range of approaches to the subject. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal styles of working and then to produce work that is a reflection of their own creative imaginations. They are encouraged to have a love of the visual arts in all of its forms, and to explore the creative process in different ways.

Art enhances motor and problem solving skills and allows students to use their imagination and to express themselves. Studying art allows students to develop concentration and observational skills and encourages a different way of thinking and observing the world.

The teaching staff in the Art department are committed to using different strategies to help students develop their confidence and ability in a range of technical skills and they are passionate about passing on their knowledge and love of the subject. They seek to inspire students with a wish to explore the creative process independently.

How is the Art Curriculum implemented?

Students are taught a skills based curriculum which allows them to express their creative imagination as well as providing them with opportunities to practise and develop mastery in some of the key processes in art, drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture. This is supported through the studying of relevant artists and the development of a knowledge of their work. Students produce work in sketchbooks and on a larger scale and work independently, as well as in groups. They are given constructive feedback at each stage to improve their work and to check that skills are being developed. Students are taught how to evaluate and analyse creative works using key words and terminology.


The impact of the Art Curriculum at the end of Key Stage 3

The KS3 Art curriculum at Sir John Leman High School gives students the skills, knowledge and experience to make an informed decision about pursuing Art at GCSE. By the end of year 9, students have gained a competence in drawing and painting to make a positive start to the GCSE course and for further studies in art and design. They will have produced a body of work demonstrating their ability to draw reference from different artists, work in small and larger scales, and produce final outcomes reflecting their technical skills. This will include preparatory work in sketchbooks and larger final pieces. Students will have gained confidence in thinking creatively and problem solving, recording ideas and experimenting with different materials.

How is it assessed?
Students are set in mixed ability groups.  They are formally assessed every half term on their skills and at the end of each project.

How can I help my child?

You can help your child by taking them to visit art galleries and museums and encouraging them to practice drawing, and working with different materials, outside lessons.

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