Curriculum - Photography

Mrs Susan King with students

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Intent (based on the National Curriculum)   

    • Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our curriculum aims engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As students progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

      Our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

      • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
      • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
      • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
      • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


      Students will be taught to develop their creativity and ideas and increase proficiency in their execution. They will develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work. Students will be taught:

      • to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
      • to use a range of techniques and media, including painting
      • to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
      • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
      • about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

      Key concepts

      Links to Key Stage 2

      Relationship to the wider Key Stage 3 Curriculum

      Links to KS4

      Extra-Curricular Experience