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Newman Catholic College

NewmanCatholic College

A UNICEF Rights Respecting School


Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”- Picasso.

The art department seeks to provide our students with knowledge and skill  that is beyond their daily experience . We aspire to provide our young people with an appreciation of the manner in which art can shed light on the human condition as well as develop a critical understanding of beauty.

We aim to enable our pupils to become visually literate and to encourage the use and understanding of art as a means of visual and tactile communication. This involves the development of the imagination, informed opinion and global developments as well as an understanding and knowledge of the contribution of various artists. Finally we believe that every pupil has the entitlement to discover the cultural capital that our subject encourages to enable them to live as engaged and active citizens in modern Britain.

Curriculum Organisation.

Students will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through activities set out in the scheme of work; each year group covering progressively more complex aspects of the main areas- drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and textiles.

Time will be devoted to the teaching of discrete art skills. A series of lessons may be followed by a session where skills and techniques are applied. End pieces may be directed towards other subjects where appropriate.

The Art teacher will follow the progressive programme set out in the school’s scheme of work allowing for differentiation according to the level and need of the individual student.

In appreciation of the wide range of wonderful art galleries and museums in London , the children will be encouraged to make independent visits

Children’s artwork will be celebrated through class and school displays. They should be given the opportunity to discuss and arrange displays of work within the classroom.

Continuity and Progression:

Children will build upon their existing knowledge to ensure continuity and progression, and this will be evident in the planning for each year.

Traffic light system is implemented.

Progress is monitored and is evident within SIMS, SISRA, class charts, class folders, sketchbooks/work journals, homework and personal response.

Sketchbooks/Work Journals:

Children will be encouraged to develop the habit of using their sketchbooks/work journals for:

  • recording, exploring and storing visual and other information e.g.
    • notes and selected materials which can readily be retrieved and
    • used as reference,
  • working out ideas, plans and designs,
  • reference – as they develop ideas for their work
  • looking back at and reflecting on their work, reviewing and identifying their progress.
  • as an ongoing record of their learning and achievement, which they can use to further develop their ideas, skills and understanding.

Sketchbooks/work journals/folders are a clear and beautiful indication of progress.

Teaching and Learning Strategies:

Throughout the key stages children will experience working individually, in groups and as a whole class. They will be given opportunities to develop the skills taught to them. They will begin to use and explore a range of media. They will be learning to plan and develop their ideas and to compare and discuss styles of works of art including their own.

Teaching will be led through:-

  • careful planning incorporating progression
  • practical demonstration of skills
  • the setting of challenging activities
  • encouragement and further development of experimentation
  • purposeful discussion and comparisons of work of art and the children’s own work. 

     The Curriculum encourages   pupils to ‘think like’ rather than ‘make like’ artists, craft workers and                   designers.

     UNICEF Article 31 You have a right to relax, play and join in a wide range of activities.







Key stage 3 overview 

In key stage 3 we cover a broad range of topics to enhance your understanding of Art and Design. You will develop key skills in painting and drawing as well as developing new techniques with a variety of materials and media. We also discover the fantastic work from a wide range of artists, designers and crafts people as well as looking at exciting cultures and art movements.

Year 7

Term 1: Clowns
Term 2: Aboriginal Art Term 3: Food

Year 8

Term 1: Portraits
Term 2: Landscapes
Term 3: Still life and typography

Year 9

Term 1: Portraiture and Surrealism
Term 2: Still Life and Surrealism
Term 3: Personal response to Surrealism

Key stage 4 overview 

Art and Design equips students with the skills to enjoy, produce and engage with the visual arts throughout their lives, and it has great value as a GCSE subject.

GCSE Art and Design provides the opportunity for students to:

  • Explore both contemporary and historical sources of art, craft and design first hand, for example:
  • Visiting museums,galleries,artshows and fairs
  • Experiencing audio-visual productions, including still and moving imagery in their  surroundings and environment so as to take an individual approach to their art craft and design making
  • develop the skills of selecting their best and most appropriate work for presentation.

Year 10

‘Out of Nature’

Year 11

‘Frida Kahlo’ Cultural and Personal Values

Externally set exam . Paper released in January.

Key Stage 5 overview: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma 

This is an exciting and extensive course that will build and explore a diverse range of skills, techniques and approaches to Art and Design.

You will complete units that explore Sculpture, Illustration, Ideas and Concepts, Graphic Image Making, Fine Art, Textiles, Printmaking Contextual Influences, visual communication and more.......

You will also get the help and support to make a portfolio and prepare for

interviews and UCAS statement help. 18 different units to be covered in total.

Year 12

9 Units

Year 13

9 Units
University interviews Final exhibition of Work

Useful websites for this subject: 

Saatchi Gallery
National Gallery
Smiths Row
Student Art Guide
The Tate
The Art World
History of Painters
Southbank Centre

Each assignment will have specific library, gallery, and website guidance.

Please email or hand to Sue Grace Thank you