Art is particularly valuable for pupils with learning difficulties. Many display a depth of understanding and talent and, with encouragement, are capable of achieving a good standard of work. This sense of achievement increases their self-confidence, which may overlap into other areas of their school life.
Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world around us. The pupils will use colour, form, texture, pattern, design and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Pupils learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, and a key part of the KS3 curriculum will be exploring ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers.
- enabling pupils to operate at their own level, we offer a range of activities through which all students can reach their full potential. However, we recognise the requirement of pupils to enjoy a sense of recreation in this subject until they feel comfortable enough to be encouraged to concentrate on developing the skills needed to tackle more adventurous and challenging forms of art.
- learning about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft, design and textiles in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.
Our aim is to stimulate curiosity, generate enthusiasm for knowledge, encourage pupils to think and plan, and give them experience of sharing and co-operation.
In Key Stage 3, pupils will be working in two and three dimensions and will be encouraged to work as individuals and as part of a group to promote co-operation and a sharing of ideas. They will be following a thematic approach that, where possible, will be cross-curricular, so that pupils gain a deeper understanding of the period, culture, or region being studied. They will also have opportunities to visit art galleries and work with local artists.
Their study will include themes based on Egyptian Art, Portraiture and Identity, Pop Art Still-life, a cross-curricular music project based on Abstraction, Natural forms, and researching various artists and Art Movements through the Ages. These units of work will encompass a variety of skills and processes which will be re-enforced and built on to enable pupils to have a broad range of skills and knowledge in preparation for the requirements of Key Stage 4.
Students’ work is reviewed throughout the projects and there are two or more formal assessments for each project. The formal assessments use a levelling system to monitor progression. This is based on the old national curriculum levels. Students are encouraged to peer and self-assess their work and to set targets to enable effective progression. Work is differentiated using a variety of methods and tools according to the individual pupil.
Parental support is crucial to enhance pupil learning. Parents can help their child by:
- creating a comfortable environment for study and making sure there are basic materials such as drawing pencils and paper available.
- checking to make sure the work has been completed, and encouraging their child by giving positive feedback, will provide confidence and encourage further enthusiasm in the subject.