KS3 Art


In Art, we aim to build confidence, knowledge and skills so that pupils are armed with the appropriate tools to move into GCSE and pursue art at a higher level. Expectation of pupils are high and as a result, work produced is of an excellent standard.

The key skills which are taught in art are: appreciation of and learning from artists and crafts people; experimentation with different media; observation research to gather information; creation of sustained pieces of work. Our approach is in line with the National Curriculum where we teach pupils in varied and stimulating ways. At Wye School pupils do project based tasks and from year 7 are taught to address the same assessment objectives that they are marked on for GCSE. They will therefore be well-prepared to start GCSE style projects once they reach this stage. Pupils work in high quality hard-back sketchbooks on their preparatory work, and then on a suitable surface for their final piece. Pupils are formerly assessed at the end of each term, although marks throughout the term count towards their term grade. Baseline levels and end of year targets are recorded at the front their sketchbooks.

Pupils generally work on individual projects based on a specific topic. They are given tasks that gradually build up their skill and knowledge base so that they are well-equipped with the tools to produce a final piece of work.

More able pupils are given different resources and introduced to more complex techniques. Less able pupils are always given the opportunity to do the same task as other members of the class as we strongly believe that all pupils can complete an art task to their own personal level. To help them achieve the task, they will be given different resources to support reading and writing activities and alternative methods to help them complete all tasks to a standard at which they are proud

Year 7

The main aims for year 7 are to improve confidence in art and give them a general foundation to art, introducing many skills, techniques and artists. During year 7 pupils build confidence by completing a range of projects. These include drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, print making and textures. Many year 7 pupils have not attended specific art lessons before and pupils often start the school year thinking that they cannot do art. This building of confidence through a range of activities is an important part of year 7 and helps erode negative pre-conceived notions about pupils’ art ability.

Year 7 do an Independent Learning Project that is based on the built environment. Their final goal is to create a hat that has been inspired by a famous building. Their work is presented to the whole school and exhibited in a public space in Wye.

Initially, end of year targets for year 7 are based on what pupils achieve in their CATS tests. Once it becomes clear what their actual art ability is, these are likely to alter.

Year 8

Year 8 follows year 7 in that pupils continue with a range of topics, skills and artists that they study. The main aims for year 8 are to add to the skill/knowledge set they started to develop in year 7, plus introducing more independent and individual approaches to their art work. They start to look more closely at specific art movements and develop their ability to complete projects more independently, with a focus on individual skills and interests.

Year 8 do an Independent Learning Project based on cubism; the topic that they are focusing on during term 2. This ILP will help them develop themselves as independent learners and will encourage pupils to push the project in their own personal direction.

For year 8, end of year targets are based on what they achieved by the end of year7. These can also alter if a pupil makes extra improvement.

Year 9

In year 9, students continue with their normal art lessons and also have the option to do an extra art lesson that introduces them to GCSE style projects.

In their normal lessons, they do a mixture of teacher-led projects and independent projects. Their ILP is based on the work of the artist ‘Giger’ and focuses on imagination, tonal drawing and the end result is a sculpture.

In the GCSE option project, they follow a single topic that lasts the whole year. This is based on the theme ‘identity’ and students will end up with a final piece portrait that is the culmination of work throughout the year. This will be displayed in the school gallery space in reception.

Year 10

First 3 weeks: Baseline test to monitor student’s starting ability and to give them a thorough understanding of GCSE assessment objectives and project requirements.

T1-T2: Mini satellite projects with the over-arching theme of ‘Man V Nature’. Students will be learning how to achieve assessment objectives through specific art skills. These will be workshop style lessons.

T2-T3: Students will continue with the theme, ‘Man V Nature’, but will take their own path and pursue their individual understanding of the topic.

T4-T5: Mock Exam. Students will be given last year’s GCSE exam paper and will prepare a sketchbook of work over 6 weeks, then have a 10 hour exam to produce a final piece of work.

T5: Life Drawing. Members of the Wye community will be asked to model (clothed) for students. Students will produce a portfolio of work.

T6: Alternative approaches to drawing. In line with the AQA exam board’s current focus on drawing, students will spend this term learning all the different approaches that can be taken to drawing, opening their minds and expanding their skill set.

Students will be expected to do at least 2 hours homework per week.



Year 11

Week 1-3: Trip to Folkestone Triennial. Students will use this trip as a platform of inspiration. Their final, major project will stem from this starting point. The first part of the project will be very closely linked to the trip experience.

T1/T2: Students will develop ideas generated by the trip and will create their own independent response. This will form their final project. This will be handed in during the first week after Christmas.

T3/T4: GCSE Exam. Students will receive their exam paper in January. They will prepare a sketchbook over the next 10 weeks. This will lead to their choice of final piece for their exam which will take place in April (approx.)

Students will be expected to do at least 2 hours homework per week.



Parents can support pupils, by helping them collect any materials that they may need (pupils will be encouraged to use free/recycled materials as much as possible). Parents can further support pupils by encouraging them to visit local galleries and developing an interest in art outside of school. There are loads of free galleries and art events!

For further information about the art curriculum, please contact Mrs R Riordan - rebecca.riordan@wyeschool.org.uk

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