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Art curriculum statement


In Art, our intention at Maplefields is to give our pupils the opportunity to:


  • Experiment with different materials and techniques, allowing them time to develop a sound understanding of their limitations and how they can be used to create the desired intent to maximise impact.
  • Promote a sense of independence through the mastery of Basic Skills and concepts, which enable pupils to take on increasingly complex tasks with little or no support.
  • Investigate, explore and collect visual information
  • Show that they can share an opinion about work that they have seen, whether they like it or not, comparing it to similar images/designs/artists and then communicating with peers and staff their reasons for their views.
  • Demonstrate, through group discussions and feeding back, a justification for working in a particular medium. Using their powers of analysis to self-evaluate and then plan to adjust their work accordingly.
  • Design and create images and artefacts, whilst improvising, developing and refining techniques.
  • Build self-esteem and confidence through experimentation and successful planning of the project they are undertaking.
  • Understand the medium they are working with and be prepared to take a risk with it. Knowing that if the risk doesn’t necessarily play out as expected, it will allow them to make better predictions for future work.
  • Incorporate cross-curricular skills such as basic Computing, (for spreadsheets and powerpoints) and mathematics for scale and proportion.


KS1/2: - Students across Primary work to particular topics, for example Oceans, Explorers, Weather, Castles, Pirates. The topics vary based upon the academic year the student is in. Teachers integrate the key art skills needed by their particular group within each topic. Primary teachers are exceptionally good at identifying the key areas for development within their groups and then aim to fill these learning gaps. Early Years students focus on experimenting and investigating whilst getting to grips with the key art tools. Key Stage 1 continue with experimenting and investigating, but add greater complexity with the tools they use and the artists they start to consider. Key Stage 2 build on the understanding from Key Stage 1, working in pastels, paints and simple block printing. As students progress through school, they learn to store their ideas and practice work within sketch books whilst looking in greater depth at significant artists and their work.



Yr7 – Students are introduced to a wide variety of media through a series of focused projects. Areas of study will include perspective, animation, abstract art, modelling, portraits, mask making and landscapes.

Students will have the opportunity to work with paint, clay, Modroc, pastel (oil and chalk), helping them build a skill set that will enable them to access more challenging projects as they progress through school.


Yr8 – We continue to provide the students with access to a wide range of media, introducing spray painting and stencilling to the list of techniques used in year 7.

Year 8 students work through a series of projects looking at Pop Artists. These projects are designed to help them develop their understanding of Art and Design. They will work on collage, repeat printing, and then animation, before completing a project based upon the work of Jackson Pollock. During the summer terms students will have the opportunity to look at the graffiti work of Banksy and attempt some controlled spray paint art work using stencils before working on portraits.


Yr 9 – We focus on three-dimensional art across the first half of the year, refining skills needed to create large monsters or dinosaurs using Modroc. We then continue to work with clay, making tiles, faces and bowls. Students will learn about the processes needed to fire and add colour to their work using the kiln.

In the second half of the year the students are introduced to some of the coursework elements of the OCR Entry Level certificate in Art and Design. They are able to choose between a number of themed areas for study and work on individual pieces that meet the coursework requirements.



Pupils in Key Stage 4 have the option to study Art in greater depth, with a view to taking the OCR Entry Level examination. The course allows students to work in a particular themed area of study, exploring different mediums and using a range of artists and their ideas to create a portfolio of work. The portfolio and a final exam piece in year 11 combine for the final submission for grading.


Students are offered a greater level of technical support through this qualification. Staff are aware that some students become proficient in one particular style of working. As a consequence, we continue to try to broaden their horizons in years 10 and 11, giving them time to experiment with media that they are less comfortable with.



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