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The teaching of Art at TWGGS is designed to promote fluent communication, in visual and tactile forms, enabling all pupils to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.

The schemes of work are designed to guide pupils through the four ‘Progress Objectives’ that define learning in Art lessons and through homework – Generating Ideas, Making, Evaluating and Knowledge. Whilst meeting the requirements for progression, planning for learning, assessment, recording and reporting, as outlined in the new National Curriculum for Art and Design. At Key Stage 3 pupils have two lesson a fortnight.

All planning is designed to establish good working practice and a strong skills base, whilst nurturing individual interpretation. Each year group has a different focus and subject, which is part of three years of accumulative learning. During this time, pupils explore the potential of materials, techniques and processes, and develop skills in the selection and handling of materials, as they make increasingly knowledgeable discriminations in their creative choices.

All aspects of pupils’ learning are supported with appropriate examples of work by artists, craftsman and designers.


Year 7: Objective
This year offers an important foundation course and the basis for all learning in Key Stage 3. We teach the girls to look and record accurately through two and three-dimensional tasks, including: drawing, mark-making, printing, sculpting and painting.

During the year, the girls create a series of responses which they, eventually, collate together to create a final piece – a composition with a background, mid-ground and a foreground. This is designed to reflect the diverse range of approaches taught and the concern for accurate proportion and perspective, tone, colour, texture and structure.

Year 8: Subjective
This year is designed to ensure all Year 8 pupils have subjective learning opportunities and increasing creative independence, based on skills transferred from Year 7 and new skills taught throughout the year. The emphasis is on looking, recording, evaluating and designing. With inspiration offered by pre-existing forms, the girls are encouraged to selecting interesting elements and then re-structure them as personal two and three-dimensional interpretations.

Year 9: Emotive
This year is designed to ensure all Year 9 pupils have learning opportunities that promote the expression of emotions and increasing creative independence, based on skills transferred from Years 7 and 8, and new skills taught throughout the year.

During the year, the girls are introduced to the symbolic potential of marks, colour and three-dimensional elements. They are then encouraged to create individual responses to reflect the emotive qualities of a poems or piece of prose, using any of the materials and techniques introduced to them during Key Stage 3.

Learning with the Future in Mind
The Key Stage 3 schemes of work introduce pupils to the project based accumulative learning of both GCSE and A Level.


Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus