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    Art and Design

    Subject Overview


    The aims of the Art Department are:


    • To develop pupils ability to perceive, understand and express concepts and feelings in visual and tactile forms
    • To encourage the ability to record from direct observation and personal experience
    • To develop the ability to form, compose and communicate in two and three dimensions by the use of materials in a systematic and disciplined way
    • To develop within pupils the ability to acquire and understand the need for technical competence and manipulative skills which will in turn enable the individual to realise their own creative intentions
    • To encourage experimentation and innovation through the inventive use of materials and techniques
    • To develop the awareness and appreciation of relationships between art, architecture and design and the individual within the historical, social and environmental context
    • To develop a working vocabulary relevant to the subject
    • To develop the individual’s special interests and aptitudes, and to foster and encourage confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement
    • To achieve success in external examinations
    • To encourage students to proceed to further and higher education

    At GCSE students follow the AQA specification. Further details can be found using this link:


    At A Level students follow the Edexcel specification. Further details can be found using this link:



    At Polam Hall School we assess KS3 students against age related expectations and have defined the curriculum for all Senior School students through the core skills and core knowledge for each year group. Further details for Art can be found here:

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    Age_Related_Expectations_Year_7.docx73.12 Kb
    Age_Related_Expectations_Year_8.docx70.65 Kb
    Age_Related_Expectations_Year_9.docx70.32 Kb
    Art_KS4_Core_Skills_and_Knowledge.docx73.5 Kb
    Art_KS5_Core_Skills_and_Knowledge.docx71.7 Kb