Our art curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential artist knowledge that they need to be educated and artistically literate citizens. It introduces students to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human imagination, creativity and achievement.
Mrs C Kenny
Head of Art
Key staff with responsibility for Pupil Premium:
Mrs K Thomas (Senior Assistant Headteacher)
The Government believes the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring funding to tackle disadvantage, reaches the pupils who need it most.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
At Notre Dame, we find Pupil Premium an essential component to our school funding, which allows us to introduce, analyse and build strategies which ensure our students, in receipt of the grant, have a complete educational experience attain their full potential and the ‘gap’ between them and their peers is ‘narrowed’.
We aim to diminish the gap in achievement between those students who may be disadvantaged and those who are not.
As a school, we focus our approach around the following six strategies:
- Priority seating
- Targeted questioning
- Effective and timely feedback
- Praise and reward
- Meta-cognition and self-regulation
- Regular reading opportunities
Year 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum Content
Our Key Stage 3 art curriculum is shaped by the sequence of carefully selected media, genre, movements and artists listed below. Each unit of study is supplemented by a plethora of associated artists and is placed within its historical, societal and cultural context.
|Autumn HT1||Unit 1: Expressive Landscapes (Vincent Van Gogh et al.)|
|Autumn HT2||Unit 2: Expressive Landscapes - Natural Landscapes (Vincent Van Gogh et al.)|
|Spring HT1||Unit 3: Landscape Development - 2D & 3D Image transfer (Andre Derrain et al.)|
|Spring HT2||Unit 4: Landscape Development - 3D form (Kate Brinkworth, Nigel Humphries et al.)|
|Summer Term||Unit 5: Pattern and Culture Study (Rainy Naha, Paul Cezanne et al.)|
|Autumn HT1||Unit 1: Portrait Studies (Martina Shapiro, Iain MacArthur, Lucien Freud et al.)|
|Autumn HT2||Unit 2: Portrait Studies continued (Francoise Neilly, Michael Shapcott et al.)|
|Spring HT1||Unit 3: Portrait Studies continued (Vince Low, Leonardo Da Vinci et al.)|
|Spring HT2||Unit 4: Portrait Studies continued (Guiseppe Arcimboldo et al.)|
|Summer HT1||Unit 5: Portraits in 3D form|
|Summer HT2||Unit 6: The Mask (Egyptian art, Alex Levin et al.)|
|Autumn HT1||Unit 1: Futurism - Figurative Forms (Gino Severini, Umberto Boccioni et al.)|
|Autumn HT2||Unit 2: Futurism into Cubism (Jean Metzinger, Mark Webster)|
|Spring Term||Unit 3: Cityscape incorporating still life (M.C. Escher et al.)|
|Summer HT1||Unit 4: Cityscape in the future|
|Summer HT2||Unit 5: Urban Canvas - Hoardings|
Year 10 and 11 Curriculum Content
At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design programme of study. The order in which we cover the content of these specifications is listed below. All students are examined in both courses at the end of Year 11 and so revision throughout the two-year course is essential to a student’s success.
|Autumn||Observational drawing focus using a range of media|
|Spring||2D and 3D media coursework project|
|Summer||2D and 3D media coursework project|
|Autumn 1||Coursework completion in response to project review|
|Summer||Final coursework completion|
Key Stage 4 art and design students follow the AQA GCSE Art and Design specification. For further details, please follow the link below.
Key Stage 5 art and design students follow the AQA A Level Art and Design specification. For further details, please follow the link below.’
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