020 8590 2245

Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ

Art & Photography

What will students learn? (Overview)
Years 7-8 


Art & Design is taught at KS3 for one hour a week, with opportunities to attend art club at lunchtimes and after school. Students are taught the skills and techniques needed to allow them to express their ideas and feelings; recording from observation is seen as an important part of the curriculum and is often the starting point to a project. The art department aims to inspire and challenge pupils.


Students are taught about how art and design shapes our history culturally and creatively learning about great artists and important movements. Students will use a range of techniques and media, including painting, sculpture and mixed media. The themes which students respond to are based on their own world and the world around them. Students will learn to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others


Examples of projects include;

Year 7: Nature and mark making, a self-portraiture project exploring Pop Art and 3D construction, making their own masks.

Year 8: Japanese Toys developing 3D making skills and using clay, Street Art Project creating their own tag, Printmaking Project developing repeat pattern and an Architecture Project.


Projects are planned to cover cultures from around the world, movements in art; including traditional and contemporary artists and themselves.


Sketchbooks are used extensively for homework and class work, these are an important resource for the students and they are encouraged to develop them in a creative and expressive way, by including drawings, ideas, notes and research on artists.


Homework is set every two weeks throughout the two years.

How will they be assessed?  (Overview)

Students are assessed five times a year and our assessments are based on all sketchbook work and final pieces. They also have regular drawing tests.

Sketchbook work is checked and marked on a regular basis, which is generally every 2/4 weeks depending on the projects they are working on. Sketchbooks are also peer marked and self assessed.

How can parents support?

By checking the homework and targets sheet which are stuck into the student's sketchbook.

Exam Board:EDEXCEL

Overview of the course

The Art department’s KS4 programme of study develops independent workers. We will equip students with appropriate skills and knowledge to understand the work of Artists, whilst also giving them the freedom to realise their personal intentions and develop an understanding of the visual arts. Students will complete a series of coursework projects and a final examination project over three years. They will be given many opportunities to develop their skills and ideas through a variety of materials and will be encouraged to have an adventurous and creative approach.

The exam is an externally set assignment that will have a broad title, for example, Journeys, Inside/ outside, Reflection and Event. Students will create a portfolio of work based on the title. The final piece will be produced in 10 hours under controlled conditions over two days at the end of the preparation period.

Component 1

60% personal portfolio

Students will create a series of coursework projects which will consist of supporting studies and final pieces.

Component 2

40% Externally set assignment

Exam paper will be released on 2nd January. Students will create a project responding to the exam title. The final outcome for this project will be made in the ten hours of supervised time. 

Areas of study

In Component 1 and Component 2 students are required to work in one or more area(s} of art such as those listed below:

  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Mixed media
  • Land Art
  • Printing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Knowledge and understanding

Students will show how they have developed their ideas and demonstrate:

  • How sources relate to historical, contemporary, social, cultural and issue-based contexts and external
  • How ideas, themes, subjects and feelings can inspire creative responses.
  • Using the formal elements to achieve the desired results, including:
    • Colour
    • Line
    • Shape
    • Form
    • Tone
    • Texture
  • Develop the skills of selecting your best and most appropriate work for presentation which will culminate in presenting their work for the Annual Oaks Park Art Exhibition


For coursework and Exam students are assessed based on the assessment objectives below. Each Assessment Objective is worth 25% for coursework (60%) and 25% for the Exam (40%).

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Ms M Allum – Art Team Leader

Ms L Smith – 2nd I/c Art






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