Art

In Art and Design students learn the knowledge and skills to create their own works of art using a variety of media. As students progress, they learn to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to culture, creativity and wealth.

Topics include:
Y7

  • Colour theory
  • Introduction painting and colour mixing
  • Observational drawing skills.
  • Comic book project – narrative art and figure drawing

Y8

  • Landscapes project – fore, middle and backgrounds, application of oil pastel and paints.
  • Day of the dead project – mixed media and composition.
  • Tim Burton project – character design, working in the style of an artist/designer, set design.

Y9

  • MINI GCSE: students complete a condensed version of the GCSE course so developing the research, analytical skills and technical skills of working in the style of an artist while developing individual projects.
  • Natural forms – observational drawing using range of media including chalks and pencil. Print making and repeat patterns.
  • Film Posters- graphics based project students re-design a film poster of their own choice using media of their own choice.

Y10
OCR Art & Design GCSE.

Observational drawing skills and development of technical skills leading to the development of individual coursework projects to include a sketch book and final piece.

Y11
Completion of coursework project. January onwards compiling sketchbook to inform exam piece on theme set by exam board.

Y12
OCR Fine art A Level.
Refinement of technical skills leading to individual coursework projects. Including a written illustrated essay.

Y13
Completion of coursework project. Commence external set task February 1st.

Design and Technology
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to creativity, culture, wealth

Food Technology and Catering

Topics include:
Y7
Knife skills, safe use of the hob and oven. Eatwell guide and healthy eating.

Y8
Understanding nutrition, cooking skills focus on development of meals and introduction to foods from other countries. In addition students are introduced to food presenting and styling skills, The project aims to encourage students to be more independent and have an element of ‘free choice’ in the dishes they cook.

Y9
Special diets – religion and diet, other factors affecting choice such as medical need, allergies, ethical choice. Healthy alternatives to fast foods. Types of service within Catering industry.

Y10
Eduqas level 1 / 2 Hospitality and Catering.
Topics include: food safety and hygiene, food poisoning, types of establishments/services, equipment, job roles, menu design and factors influencing this, environmental issues. Students learn a wide range of practical skills including presentation skills.

Y11
Students complete NEA element of the course producing a written proposal and made outcome consisting of 2 course meal. Alongside this students continue to develop knowledge and understanding of the industry in preparation for the external exam.

Resistant Materials
Topics include:

Y7
Kandinsky puzzles – introduction to workshop and wood working skills using hand equipment. Students produce a wooden puzzle decorated in the theme of Kandinsky and present in a frame using a mitre joint.
Jewellery – introduction to metal working skills using hand equipment. Students work in aluminium and cooper to design and make a piece of jewellery.

Y8
Alessi project – product design project covering different areas of DT. Students are introduced to the work of design company Alessi and use this to design packaging for a luxury brand of chocolate. Students’ vacuum form a mould for the chocolate.
Ear phone holder – students use CAD/CAM to design and manufacture an ear phone holder using plastics.

Y9
Passive speaker – students make a passive speaker that could be sold as a promotional item for a specific company such as Coke Cola, Primark etc.
Introduction to problem solving – students solve a problem for an existing company. Research is carried out to identify the problem from which a range of design ideas are developed. A prototype of the best idea is then made. Students have a choice of RM or textile materials to work with.

Y10
AQA GCSE DT.
Students cover a wide range of topics including: materials and their properties (this covers all material areas) and sources, manufacturing processes, environmental issues, work of designers and design companies, human factors. In the summer term students complete a practise

Y11
Students start NEA project – individual project solving a genuine problem for a client. Alongside this students continue to develop knowledge and understanding required for the externally set exam.

Textiles
Topics include:

Y7
Sock Monsters – students design and make a sock monster using waste/discarded materials and learn a range of hand crat techniques.

Y8
WWF Conservation cards – students work to a brief to design and make a card to promote the work the WWF do for endangered animals. Students make stencils to produce a two colour print of the chosen animal and then embellish this using a range of art and DT based textile techniques. This used to make a greetings card, students apply the graphics to the card.

Y9
Introduction to problem solving – students solve a problem for an existing company. Research is carried out to identify the problem from which a range of design ideas are developed. A prototype of the best idea is then made. Students have a choice of RM or textile materials to work with.

Y10
AQA GCSE DT.
Students cover a wide range of topics including: materials and their properties (this covers all material areas) and sources, manufacturing processes, environmental issues, work of designers and design companies, human factors. In the summer term students complete a practise NEA project.

Y11
Students start NEA project – individual project solving a genuine problem for a client. Alongside this students continue to develop knowledge and understanding required for the externally set exam.

Exam Boards

Key Stage Course Exam Board
Key Stage 4 GCSE Fine Art OCR
Key Stage 5 GCSE Fine Art OCR
Key Stage 4 GCSE Design and Technology AQA
Key Stage 4 Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering Eduqas