Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experience
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
Here at Northfield we cover a variety of topics at KS3 and KS4:

Art Outline Planner  - KS3 Year 7 Skills Audit
Term Topic / Theme Contextual References Key Vocabulary Focus for assessment
Autumn Tone and Texture Variety of artists including Picasso, Michael Craig Martin and  Albrecht Dürer Tone, texture, composition, scale, mark making, shading, pressure, monochrome. Observational drawing skills. Understanding and application of tone to create an object in 3D. Use of mark making to describe texture.
Spring Colour Aboriginal Art Aboriginal Art Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Colours, stylised, Dreamtime, Australia, Aboriginal. Final painting: understanding of colour theory, colour mixing, application of paint, contextual understanding.
Summer Local Environment – Macro/Macro Local environment, public art. Public Art, Mono printing, environment, scale, Macro, Micro. Completed mixed media piece: response to different media.

Art Outline Planner  - KS3 Year 8 Skills Audit
Term Topic / Theme Contextual References Key Vocabulary Focus for assessment
Autumn Mexican Day of the Dead Mexican Culture and Art Composition, three dimensional, Design, development, construction, culture, festival, celebration Observational drawing skills. Understanding and application of media to create an object in 3D. Contextual understanding.
Spring Portraits Joseph Cornell, Alberto Giacometti Composition, tone, line, proportion, pressure, mark-making, identity, portrait Final portrait: understanding of tone to show form, colour mixing, application of media, mark-making, contextual understanding, composition.
Summer Robots – 3D Junk sculptures Film ‘9’, Leonardo Da Vinci, Steam Punk, Recycle, construction, joining, imagination, scale, health and safety. Completed sculpture: resourcefulness, ability to work independently, imagination, joining skills.

 Art Outline Planner  - KS3 Year 9 Skills Audit
Term Topic / Theme Contextual References Key Vocabulary Focus for assessment
Autumn Applied Design
Street Art
Typography design, graffiti art, street art
Design process, Brief Research, Target Audience, Graphics, Typography, Logo, Weight of line
Response to brief.
Final design.
Control of media.
Spring 20th Century art movements: surrealism Surrealism, Dali, Magritte, Ernst Contextual, Surrealism, Montage, Juxtaposition, Scale. Final painting.
Response to stimulus.
Contextual understanding.
Summer Abstract Art Abstract Art: Mondrian, Patrick Heron  
Abstract, Abstraction, Simplification, Scale
Final piece.
Ability to justify decisions – developing independent learning skills.

 Art Outline Planner  - KS4 Year 10/11 Skills Audit
Years 10-11
AO1 Develop A02 Refine
Design/Art Influences – see list of visits and sketchbooks
Erich Heckel
Kathe Kolwitz
Andy Warhol
Angus Dick/Adrian Brooks @ The Ashmolean Museum
Barbara Hepworh
Peter Randall-Page
Numerous artists from gallery visits
  • Drawing- pencil, pen, clay, wire, iPad- brushes, picollage, stickers, pencil crayons, oil pastels.
  • Lino Printing
  • Photoshop
  • Plaster carving
  • Junk sculptures
  • Paint – acrylic, poster, water colour, ink
  • IPad
  • Clay
A03 Record A04 Present
Ideas, observations and insights have been recorded through drawing, photography, visits to galleries, museums etc.
Students have drawn from their own photographs and from life on location and at school.
Generally there is one final piece per project. Students are encouraged to then use this to then further explore their research by using other skills learnt. i.e. photography of sculptures – using photos and Photoshop/iPad to combine images.
Visits Working With Artists
Ai Weiwei @ Blenhiem Palace
Pitt Rivers
Natural History Museum
Ashmolean Museum
Tate St Ives
Tate London
Angus Dick
Acting Headteacher: Mr. Powell

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