North Shore Academy

Inspiring Healthy Minds

Art & Design

Curriculum Aims

Learning and undertaking activities in Art and Design contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:

Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The importance of Art and Design

In Art, Craft and Design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In Art, Craft and Design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other peoples work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of Art, Craft and Design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 Pupils are given the opportunity to take part in a variety of projects which encourage them to explore and develop their drawing skills, art appreciation, cultures and techniques.

They explore different media and materials and be encouraged to develop their own working style as well as to contribute to the lesson through discussions and research.

Pupils will produced work for at least three projects each covering areas of the Art Curriculum in each year of Key stage 3 and will have regular assessments and progress development to maximise development of skills, ability and potential.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 Art and Design gives all students who opt for it a continuation of Art appreciation and exploration. It is designed to develop and broaden artistic experience and relates all work to practical, hands on approach.

Students will explore and develop different drawing approaches, media and Art techniques. This course recaps previously learned skills and introduces new media and exploration of ideas and techniques. They will look at the work of artists and other cultures as well as research and produce work based upon themselves and their interests.

Key Stage 4 is for those who wish to specialise in Art and the work relates to a practical working environment and is based upon creative briefs designed to expand and increase skill and subject knowledge. Each project specialises in a different form of Art / media, prepares students for A- Levels and creates good links with further education.

What We Want To Offer

A Broad and Balanced Curriculum.

Key Skills that can be used Cross Curricular.

A range of Balanced Courses in KS3 and KS4 relevant to pupil requirements.

To provide a Safe and Secure Learning


What We Want To Achieve:

To open Creative Opportunities.

To have an appreciation of other Cultures and Styles.

For all to be given the opportunity to access Courses and Extra Curricular sessions.

That the Pupil achieves the Best Results for their Ability.

What We Expect:

Pupils and Staff to be Respected.

Pride in Work and Subjects.

That all understand that the Creative Arts

require Passion, Dedication and Hard Work.

Everyone tries their Hardest regardless of


Every Child Will:

Take Pride in their Work.

Respect the Subject, Staff and Others.

Become Independent Learners.

Understand their Place in the World and their

Potential to Achieve in it.