Curriculum Intent

At Winterton Community Academy the National Curriculum is at the heart of our Art and Design programme of study.

Our intent is to design a curriculum, which is carefully mapped to provide pupils with the skills and knowledge.  This will allow them to access a range of creative activities to build on learning, which will form a path to courses at Key Stage 4.

With our inclusive approach and high aspirations, will provide opportunities for all learners, regardless of context, to thrive in the Creative and Visual Arts.

We aim to provide pupils with experiences which will enrich and inspire them creatively and give them cultural capital to become essential policy makers, thinkers and creative minds, which will benefit humanity.

Our Art curriculum is underpinned by the academy’s values of respect, hard-work and positivity.

Through the Art education we aim to broaden our pupils’ emotional and multicultural awareness, developing values and building respect and tolerance through Art and the study of artists and arts history.

We aim to equip students with the essential, learning practical skills and arts appreciation, alongside developing the range of subject vocabulary.


The Art curriculum is taught alongside Design and Technology on a project rotation.  This enables students to receive 1 lesson of Art per week over the course of the year.

The programme of study is designed to map a curriculum pathway to GCSE courses.  These are known as curriculum road maps.

Key Stage 3

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 (Years 7,8 & 9) is broad and balanced across Art ensuring all pupils are provided with exposure to the knowledge and skills required to enable progress.

  • Pupils will use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • They will use a range of techniques and media, including painting and printmaking
  • Pupils have the opportunity to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • Analyse and evaluate their own work and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
  • Learn about the history of art, craft, design and architecture including periods, styles and major movements across time to the present day

Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is studied in Years 10 & 11 (a 2 year curriculum).  Students can make the step up to Art and Design Based courses at GCSE level.

Art and Design

Our programme is designed to unlock pupils creative and imaginative potential.  We aim to enhance enjoyment in developing understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas and issues in ways that are personal to our pupils.

Art and Design is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas.  It inspires creative thinkers.

Pupils have the opportunity to take part in drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography and graphic design as well as having the opportunity to do their own briefs which are personal to their own interests. 


Our programme will feed pupils creative and imaginative minds.  They will enjoy developing understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas and issues in ways that are personal to them.

Photography is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating ideas.  It inspires creative thinkers.  Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and it is this philosophy we aim to capture, exploring various techniques to create images along the way and pupils capture the world as they see it.


Homework is an essential element of creative study.  Independence and resilience are vital to the process of marking Art.  It also enables pupils to further enhance their understanding of the subject.  Tasks will vary depending on the subject and Key Stage but may include reading, writing, research, revision, sketching, photography, modelling and related project work.


In the department we are committed to lifelong learning and as staff following the principles of the following publications.


Edwards B, 1999.  The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Tarcher

Sherrington T, 2020.  Rosenshine’s Principles in Action.  John Catt Educational

Journal Publications

AD magazine, The International Journal of Art & Design Education (iJADE)

Budge K, 2016.  Teaching Art & Design: Communicating creative practice through embodied and tacit knowledge.  Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 15 (3-4)

Sawyer R K, 2017.  Teaching creativity in Art and Design studio classes: A systematic literature review.  Educational research review, 22

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Professional affiliations

NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art and Design)
The Arts Council