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Key Stage 3

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Art Design and Technology
Art

At KS3 Students have the opportunity to explore a broad range of materials and processes including painting, mixed media and ceramics. Every project focusses on improving observational drawing skills and encourages students to develop ideas by studying the work of established Artists.

Students are assessed regularly and are given the change to ‘upgrade’ work in progress. The curriculum is designed to help students develop the skills they will need for GCSE’s. This includes practical skills, critical analysis, developing and refining ideas and evaluative skills.

Design & Technology

For KS3, the students work in three main subject specialisms/material areas for Design & Technology - Food Technology, Textiles and Resistant Materials; elements of Graphic Design are also in integrated into each scheme of learning.

The schemes of learning involve a variety of creative and practical activities and are set in a range of contexts to give students a realistic perspective of Design & Technology in industry and society.

All projects involve the use of the same design process, to prepare them for further study:

Students carry out research to inform design criteria and aid the generation of design ideas, plan and manufacture practical outcomes in each material area and then test, evaluate and refine their ideas against the original design criteria.

Schemes of learning also allow students to analyse the work of past and present designers, engineers and technologists and environmental impact of products.

For further information about what is taught in KS3 please read the KS3 course descriptors.

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Key Stage 4

Art

At KS4 students have the choice to study GCSE Fine Art, GCSE Photography or BTEC Art. 

Both Fine Art and Photography are based on the programme of study and assessment criteria for AQA’s GCSE Art and Design course (Details of the course structure/materials etc. can be found at www.aqa.org.uk.

The BTEC is based on the EDEXCEL Level two Art & Design course. (Details of the course can be found at https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html)

Examples of the GCSE Photography program of study along with exemplar work can be found of the Key Stage 4 Photography Blog. http://ashfieldschoolphotographyks4.blogspot.co.uk/

Students work is assessed regularly with targets for improvement. Extra catch up sessions are offered after school on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Design & Technology

For KS4, students can choose one GCSE subject specialism/material area for Design & Technology (Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Electronic Products or Fashion & Textiles) for a single award GCSE. All material areas are based on the programme of study and assessment criteria for AQA’s GCSE D&T courses (Details of course structure/materials etc. can be found in the Design & Technology course descriptor linked under Featured Content).

Students may also wish to choose a more vocational D&T pathway by studying a level 2 BTEC course (Engineering or Fashion & Textiles). (Details of course structure/materials etc. can be found at www.qualifications.pearson.com).

Interventions for KS4 occur each day after school and students are encouraged to attend to develop their skills, complete work or gain assistance with revision topics.

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Key Stage 5

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Art

For KS5, the students can choose either AS Fine Art or AS Photography. All material areas are based on the programme of study and assessment criteria for AQA’s Art & Design course (Details of the course structure/materials etc. can be found at www.aqa.org.uk).

Photography students are based in the Ashfield Skills Centre. In the studio they have access to a suite of MAC computers, high and low key lighting studio. Examples of the AS Photography program of study can be found at the Blog: http://ashfieldschoolphotography.blogspot.co.uk.

Fine Art students are based in main school where they have access to ceramics, screen printing and a dedicated suite of computers.

Design & Technology

For KS5, students can choose to study from a range of level 3 BTEC courses in Engineering or Art & Design (the Art & Design course offers 2 specialist pathways by choosing either Fashion/Textiles units or Graphic/Product Design units).

Interventions for KS5 occur each day after school and students are encouraged to attend to develop their skills, complete coursework or gain assistance with revision topics. Students are also encouraged to work in the Design Block during their ‘free lessons’.

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