Art & Design

Subject Overview

The Art Department at Peacehaven Community School is dynamic in its creative approach to learning: innovative and passionate about art in all its forms. The department aims to fire an enthusiasm for the subject and an understanding of the important contribution art makes to society in general and us as individuals. The teaching is designed to unleash the creativity in each child and challenge his/her perceptions of the world around them.

The department uses the expertise of its staff to expose pupils to a wide variety of different types of art materials and techniques. Each year group will have opportunities to develop their work in a range of media and techniques.

Teaching and Learning

KS3 Art and Design

KS3 Art and Design curriculum is taught for two hours over a fortnight and units taught are designed to cover a range of skills based processes. The Art and Design schemes of work are based around the new KS3 curriculum integrating ACE outcomes in lesson planning to ensure all students learning needs are met. Lessons incorporate a range of practical work, group discussion, independent and group work and ICT to allow access to all students, as well as providing opportunities for formative and summative assessment.

KS4 Art and Design

All students follow the AQA Art and Design GCSE syllabus. All department members are involved in modifying schemes of work to match the new AQA specification and this ethos is now embedded in our practice. All members of the faculty are involved in continually developing resources to enhance learning. There are 3 modules including two exams, these make up the body of portfolio work from which approximately 45 hours’ worth of work is selected for moderation. Students complete homework on a weekly basis throughout each unit, all of which goes towards their final grade in year 11.

Units currently delivered at KS4 are;
Year 9
Key skills
Body Adornment (part1)

Year 10
Body Adornment( part 2)
Chinese Whispers
End of year Exam topic

Mock exam
Portfolio completion
Terminal exam topic set January of year 11

Teaching throughout both KS3 and KS4 is delivered and recorded using flipcharts on the
Promethean board.

Curriculum Provision

Two lessons per fortnight at KS3 and 5/4 lessons per fortnight at KS4. All lessons are 1 hour long, some being taught in double blocks.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Art club currently runs twice a week after school for one hour. Here students perform a wide range of activities. There is always at least one member of the department present as well as our full time technician.

To reinforce the learning that happens within lessons, the Art Department operates an open door policy, encouraging students to seek help before and after the school day.

Year 7

Terms 1 and 2

Line and Mark Making

This is intended as an introduction to Key Stage 3 to establish a wide range of new skills and understanding incorporating artist’s research and a range of explorations of new skills and techniques. These are designed to improve drawing skills, observational skills and encourage students to work creatively with a wide range of media including photography to record ideas.

Pupils will work from both primary and secondary source material. Pupils will have the opportunity to work in a range of different media including pencil, pen, ink, and charcoal. Pupils will also be encouraged to explore and gain an understanding of the environment, context, culture, history and meaning of objects and to research various artists, designers and crafts persons.

Through this research they will develop and demonstrate their literacy skills as well as their use of visual language.
All students will undertake a standardisation drawing test which will take place in the first few weeks of school. This data is used for Data 2 and ongoing formative assessment.

Terms 3 and 4

Throughout the first part of this double module, student look at patterns and motifs and explore a range of designers and craftspeople including MC Escher and EA Seguy which helps to develop their cultural understanding and develop further analytical skills. Students then extend their knowledge of the formal elements and their own use of design by experimenting and creating their own patterns and tessellations.

Terms 5 and 6

This unit builds on the prior skills taught in 3 and 4 and students are taught rudimentary Colour theory.and its application in art and design. Students will be taught the principles of pattern and will design their own after researching and recording from primary sources. All units are supported by structured homework’s that are specifically written and designed to help embed the learning taking place in class.

Year 8

Terms 1 and 2, 3 and 4

One lesson wonders!

A series of fast paced, dynamic lessons that are designed to build on student’s prior knowledge and skills developed in year 7. Lessons are organised thematically and are designed to introduce students to a series of new skills and ways of thinking creatively. There is a topic link that will allow students to cover a range of core skills developing a strong foundation for further study at GCSE.

Areas covered will range from One Point Perspective, Portraiture, and Collage to Typographic syntax, Shoe Design and Architecture.

Terms 5 and 6

Throughout this term students will revisit a number of the topics covered earlier in the year and will build upon the foundations of that learning.

They will have the choice of developing two of those topics further into a more independent study.

KS4 Course(s) offered

All students follow the AQA Art and Design GCSE. There are 3 modules including two exams, these make up the body of portfolio work from which approximately 45 hours’ worth of work is selected for moderation. One exam takes place at the end of year 10 and the other exam is the Mock year 11 exam which takes place in September through to November. The terminal exam is set in January of year 11 and has a 12 week preparatory period along with the ten hour exam.
Students complete Homework throughout each module, which incorporates coursework.

GCSE students are taught to develop their own ideas and interests within structured units of work.

Students should enjoy drawing and be prepared to experiment with various approaches, as all units of work entail drawing for different purposes using a vast array of techniques. Students will need to show that they understand how images and artefacts relate to social, historical, vocational and cultural contexts through artists research, much of which is set as homework.

Skills Development

Students explore different ways of approaching artwork. This course covers:
Fine Art
Graphic Communication
Textile Design
Three Dimensional Design
Their Portfolio will show a combination of at least two of the above disciplines. They will explore and refine their skills in appropriate use of colour, line, tone, shape and form in their drawing, painting and 3D work.

How will the work be assessed?

Exam Board ‐ AQA

60% - Portfolio of coursework taken from the three modules taught throughout the course.

At the start of year 9 students will undertake an introductory unit which will focus on key skills for both practical and research work.

40% - Controlled test ‐ 12 weeks preparatory period plus 10 hour exam. Students are given a paper with a choice of seven questions. They will choose ONE to develop into their final exam.


Student are assessed on progress in sketchbook work which is standardised within the department and across the Swale Academy Trust. Students also use ongoing self and peer evaluation to help them develop their creative competence.

Students will receive a grade for four data points except in years 7 and 8 where, as a low contact subject staff and students will require more time to build the necessary body of work for assessment.

At KS4 students receive their interim grades at each Data point, but an ongoing dialogue takes place in class to ensure that students are aware of their targets and what they need to be doing to achieve them. The AQA marking scheme is used throughout the course.


Homework is set regularly and designed to feed into the teaching and learning of the classroom. Two clubs are run each week to enable students to access support and materials and teaching staff are present to facilitate this.
Homework is three times per unit at KS3 and once a week at KS4 per week in accordance with the homework timetable. On Occasions the department will set a larger task, but will extend the deadline to allow students to manage the task this enables them to develop more meaningful studies and work of a higher standard.

Examples of homework tasks set are:

“Produce an A5 study of a drawing by Van Gogh in black ink. Only use the paper provided in class, if you lose it you must collect another one from your teacher. This is a double homework so you will have one hour to spend on it.”

“As shown and planned in class make a coloured mosaic using scraps of paper etc. that follows the order of the colour wheel.”

Teaching Staff

Sarah Elliott - Head of Art -
Olivia Broadbent Smith - Art Teacher -
Leonie Gallagher - Art Assistant -



Need Help?

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01273 581100