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Why Study Art and Design?

The Art Department at Bedale High school has always been about student’s individuality and personal expression. We give students support, guidance and the confidence to use a wide range of media ad on different scales. Many of our students follow a creative path in further education.



Curriculum Map


Students have one hour of art each week. They are taught in mixed ability groups. The units of study are skills and theme based and the emphasis is on exploring, experimenting alongside  learning and developing  skills in areas such as paint, collage, printmaking, 3D construction, as well as the creative process. We also develop the student to become more independent in their development of ideas and plans for their work over time.

All students in KS3 follow a structured curriculum in Art where they experience working in different media and on different scales. We link projects closely to the work of artists, crafts people and cultures as inspiration and to introduce new techniques. We are also developing our use of ICT skills.

Year 7

Assessment 1

  • Baseline Assessment
  • Basic Drawing, Painting
  • Design and Construction of a 3D Biscuit/Cake

Assessment 2

  • Colour and Collage
  • Using Matisse, Mark Hearld and other Collage Artists as Inspiration for Collage Work

Year 8

Assessment 1

  • Introduction to Printmaking
  • Surface Texture, Card Printing, Mono Printing, Etching

Assessment 2

  • Masks – Cultural Studies/Cubism/Picasso
  • 3D Construction

Year 9

Assessment 1

  • Surrealism
  • Surreal Bottle
  • Creating a Surreal Image/Object
  • Development of Painting and Mark Making Skills
  • Or Development of 3D Skills and Techniques including Building Texture

Assessment 2

  • Pop Art Portraits
  • Heroes and Heroines
  • 2D Project using Computer Generated Images and Mixed Media

How will I know how I am doing?

The art experience at KS3 offers a wide range of opportunities over the three years. Your work will demonstrate the development of your skills in the following areas:

  • research skills including artists research and
  • experimenting and exploring
  • developing  ideas and planning
  • practical skills  eg, painting, drawing, printmaking, constructing in 3D.


In Art & Design you will be set individual targets that will help you to develop your skills and understanding.

Targets are at present set from KS2 performance . You will receive regular feedback about your work, when you complete homework, during class based sessions and at the end of each unit of study, as well as in your regular whole school review points.

Your teacher will also give rewards and comments on ‘post –it’ notes in your sketch book.


Your work will also be assessed at four times per year in line with the whole school assessment policy.

We would expect you to work towards level 4 or above in year 7, a level 5/6+ in year 8, a level 6/7+ in year 9.

Students arrive from primary school having very varied experiences and opportunities of developing their creative skills. We realise that while some students may excel in some aspects and exceed the expected levels for the year group some may take longer to reach their targets.  The KS3 course is designed to allow varied opportunities to develop and achieve. This is the ideal time to explore and experiment in lots of different media to improve skills and understanding.


GCSE Art & Design

This is a popular, broad based course where students have the opportunity to explore printmaking, 3D construction, textile work, mixed media, photography and painting and drawing. Students are able to develop their own ideas and work in their area of strength and interest.

We currently offer AQA GCSE Art & Design course and AQA GCSE Art & Design Photography course.

GCSE Art & Design Course Outline

This two unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures in combination within the areas:

This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. Students will work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes.


The course we offer is the AQA Art & Design 4200 series. This GCSE Art and Design course provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature. It is a broad based course which allows students to also develop their work in a wide range of areas and media.

The course is weighted:

Coursework= 60% Externally set assessment = 40%

Students are assessed in four areas:

AO1: Artist /cultural studies.

AO2: Development, experimenting and exploring.

AO3: Recording ideas in a range of media.

AO4: The final outcome of their studies.

Outline of GCSE Course

GCSE Art & Design- Photography


The Art Department offers the AQA Art and Design syllabus in PHOTOGRAPHY. This course allows students to be creative in photography through a wide range of themes.

Students will learn to use photo editing programs, set up photo shoots and develop their own ideas and work.

The department has eight digital SLR cameras, and students are welcome to use their own.

Students will go on visits and trips for their photo shoots.

To achieve their best on this course, students need to be wholly committed and able to work independently.


Over the 2 year course students will complete:


  • A portfolio of work selected from different projects.
  • Predictive Assessment Examinations
  • An externally set task (exam)

The final GCSE grade is based on

  • Coursework & Predictive Assessment Examination               = 60%
  • Exam preparation studies and the final exam                     = 40%


Why Study Photography?


Photography changes the way you see things. Everything around you looks different when you start to see the world as a photographer.

The world you is a constant source of inspiration to be captured and photographed for books, computer images, advertising, design, illustration …….

You are assessed in the same areas as Art & Design, but linked to your specialism of Photography: eg

AO1: DEVELOP- Research & Analyse

Looking at other Photographer work to help you form your ideas. Analysing the techniques and styles of different phtographers


Experimenting & creating

Developing your ideas by trying out different photographic and computer aided techniques based on your theme and research. Also setting up photo shoots and reviewing your photographs.


Gathering and recording

Taking photographs using different settings, themes and lighting

AO4:   Your final photographs/piece

This includes your skills and how you have developed your theme to create a final set of photographs.

GCSE Art & Photography Exam

The preparation time for the exam starts in February. This unit of work is based on the GCSE Art & Design/Photography exam questions. Students visit  galleries or museums to ensure varied and interesting starting points for their exam piece.

  • The preparation studies are completed in lessons before the final exam.
  • The time allowed for the exam is up to 10 hours.
  • Students are assessed on a range of skills including, the study of artist work & techniques, developing and planning ideas and producing a final piece.

Students are set a Predictive Assessment Examination at the end of the Autumn term in year 11 to prepare them for their GCSE exam in the spring.

During the course students will require:

  • A selection of good drawing pencils, sharpener and an eraser
  • An A2 sketchbook or presentation folder x 2 (available through the art department)
  • A2 plastic carry folder
  • Good quality pencil crayons (optional)
  • Acrylic paints (optional)

Extra Art Sessions /workshops

GCSE students can attend after school classes on two evenings of each week.

Students are offered lunchtime and after school classes and support. Additional classes are offered to targeted students and MAGT students.


Course Commitments

* It is essential that students keep to coursework deadlines to ensure the best grade possible and to avoid too much stress!



Homework is set every two weeks or when appropriate at KS3. Work set may include drawing, consolidating skills, researching or gathering resources. It is always linked to the current assignment.

Extension work is given to targeted students. MAGT students are encouraged to work on a larger scale or on canvas.
A new intervention group is now being trialed to help develop confidence and skills.


The art department has an open door policy. Students are able to access the art rooms during most lunch times.

There is also an after school class for the most keen students in preparation for starting GCSE Art & Design.

Key stage 3 students have the opportunity to attend lunch time sessions.
MAGT students will also have the opportunity to attend skill based workshops

In KS3 and KS4 students have had the opportunity to get involved in many community projects and work with professional artists. Over the years the department has been actively involved with the very successful school productions, producing all the scenery and props.


The art department has positive links with the feeder primary schools and hold a Primary Art Day in the Summer Term, Year 5 & 6 students work alongside our year 7 & 8 students on a range of activities including large scale painting based on an artist technique and exploring a printing process.
Visits and trips are planned for KS 4 to enrich, inspire and support learning. Workshops linked with other schools are also available for some students.
Our aim is to develop visits and trips for KS 3 on a regular basis.