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Curriculum Maps can be found here

The Head of Department is Mrs Brewin

Our department Bible verse is: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  (Romans 12.2).

The KS3 curriculum at Trinity School is designed to nurture creative thinking, technical skills and an in depth knowledge of contextual and cultural studies. Skills are developed incrementally throughout the key stage. Projects are designed to provide students with a good working knowledge of the formal elements of art and design. Throughout yrs., 7 and 8 emphasis is placed on every student developing a good command of shape, line, colour, tone, pattern, texture and shape, through the use different materials and processes to develop mark making and tonal techniques. Practical tasks encourage all pupils to experiment with a broad range of materials, processes and tools to develop outcomes that cover both 2D and 3D disciplines.

Work is assessed in line with life without levels assessment objectives and criteria, which are written in line with National Curriculum expectations.  Homework tasks are devised to develop and reinforce practical skills as well enabling all pupils to gain a knowledge and understanding of contextual and cultural references made during a project. The assessment descriptors for this subject are available here.

Project work in Year 9 offers a foundation to support the skills and knowledge required of the GCSE specification.  This is a pre-option year where pupils are taught a single project. The theme of this project is ‘My world and me’.  All pupils are encouraged to work with greater independence in the development of their practical work. Practical tasks encourage the exploration and use of traditional and new materials.  In this year, all pupils are encouraged to engage their imagination, to become more aesthetically aware and enhance their understanding of the world around them.

At KS3 in Art, we endeavour to teach our students a sense of enjoyment and fascination of our subject. Project work encourages all pupils to learn about and recognise their strengths and weaknesses.  In lessons, we foster the need for independence and resilience when faced with new challenges.   Contextual and cultural  studies are used to help all pupils develop a greater understanding of the world around them. In lessons we promote individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of each other, where all pupils have a voice that is listened to.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE, we follow the AQA syllabus for Fine art and Textiles. Lessons are focused upon the development of a final portfolio of work. GCSE lessons are designed to support the development of independent work where all students are encouraged to make their own informed choices about the work they produce.  Teacher led sessions are delivered at the start of year 10 to help reinforce and build skills and understanding of all assessment objectives and the practical skills required to address them, so that all pupils have the confidence to work with independence in the development of their project work.

GCSE comprises of two parts:-Module 1, Coursework , which is worth 60% of the final GCSE grade awarded.

Module 2 :-The externally set assignment  is worth 40% of the final grade awarded.  The externally set assignment is completed in year 11.

Every pupil is expected to choose a theme upon which to develop their practcial work. They are to use drawing and annotation as effective tools to communicate their ideas. Lessons are used to support the development and creation of independent work.  There are four assessment objectives from which are found the evidence for marks awarded. Substantial evidence for each assessment objective must be accrued for accurate assessment to take place.  All work from the start of year 10 is potentially admissible evidence.  Portfolio work must show evidence of research, experimentation, development and realisation of an idea.

Assessment across the GCSE course is continuous with substantial summarative  marking and feedback. Formative assessment is regular and in line with specification objectives.

AQA GCSE Art and Design  (Fine art ) GCSE

The programme of study at GCSE is designed to provide all pupils with many creative, exciting and stimulating opportunties from which to develop independent and creative outcomes. All pupils are required to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to their chosen title through integrated practical, critical and contextual


All pupils  must learn through practical experience and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sources that inform their creative intentions.

Pupils must develop and apply relevant subject-specific skills in order to use visual language to communicate personal ideas, meanings and responses.

Students must, over time, reflect critically upon their creative journey and its effectiveness in relation to the realisation of personal intentions.


The department also offers

AQA GCSE  Textile Design GCSE