Curriculum

Art & Design

The Art Department at The Valley gives pupils the opportunity to demonstrate imagination and creative flair whilst learning the skills needed to effectively use different media. Drawing is often the foundation of many artistic explorations, so it is expected pupils will develop and refine their observational skills through this area of study, using different methods and approaches.

Pupils are encouraged to combine observations, ideas and feelings, enabling the successful completion of aesthetically interesting final pieces. Pupils are expected to study the work of other artists and show how these studies have impacted on their own practice. They must also be able to annotate and evaluate their work using subject specific vocabulary showing understanding of their own artistic journey.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Year 8
  • Elements of Art – the building blocks to creating art
  • Modern Art 
  • Van Gogh and the environment
  • David Hockney and landscapes 
  • Surrealism and creative development
  • Identity  
  • Portraiture
  • Picasso and conflict
  • Cultures and masks
  • Street art and homelessness

AQA GCSE Art and Design: Fine Art

This is a Key Stage 4 option choice that will be available to study for all of our future Year 11 cohorts.

Year 11
  • Externally-set assignment (encompassing preparatory work and 10 hours of supervised time)
  • Portfolio of work, to include:
    • Sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions
    • Selection of further work undertaken during the pupil’s course of study
    • Exploration of one or more area(s) of fine art:
      • Drawing
      • Painting
      • Sculpture
      • Installation
      • Lens-/light-based media
      • Photography and the moving image
      • Printmaking
      • Mixed media
      • Land art

Edexcel GCSE Art & Design: Fine Art

This is a legacy option choice being studied by our 2019/20 Year 11 cohort. It will be discontinued after they complete their GCSE exams in summer 2020, and will be replaced by AQA GCSE Art (see above).

Year 11
  • Self-selected project with master classes
  • Drawing for purpose
  • Mixed media and explorative project
  • Externally set exam
  • Students can develop work in at least one of the following areas of study:
    • Drawing
    • Installation
    • Lens-/light-based media
    • Mixed media
    • Land art
    • Printing
    • Painting
    • Sculpture

Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification:

New Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE in Fine Art (8202)

Legacy Exam Board Specification: EdExcel GCSE in Fine Art (1FA0)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.