Art and Design at Paulet

What do students learn in Art and Design in Key Stage 3?

In Key stage 3 students explore and learn about the visual elements, line, tone, colour, texture and depth.

Students learn how to develop ideas, refine their work and realise their intentions.

Through a series of projects and tasks students gain knowledge, in how to use and apply these elements using a variety of materials and techniques.

Students explore a wide range of recording skill and mark-making techniques and learn how to appreciate and employ the techniques of others.

Students participate in a range of independent activities as well as group and paired work.

Students learn how to evaluate and reflect on their work and the work of others, including their peers.

Students explore mark-making techniques and develop their drawing and recording skills.


How do students learn in KS3 Art and Design?

Projects are designed and developed to build on prior knowledge and understanding.

Through practical, written, discussions and aural activities students are taught a broad range of processes and techniques that enable them to be creative.

Students are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and take creative risks.

Learning activities in art and design include –

Observing and looking closely.

Exploring the work of others.

Seeing and exploring connections.

Experimenting with ideas, materials and processes.

Making visual outcomes.

Evaluating and reflecting.

Problem solving.

Developing and improving skills.


What topics are covered and when in each year group? What is the sequence of teaching?

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Shape
Natural forms
3D Outcomes
Spring Colour theory
Colour in art
3D shape/form
Linear perspective
Print-making techniques
Summer Pattern
Artist study




How are students assessed in KS3 Art and Design?

Throughout lessons students receive regular feedback on their work.

Students are given written and visual feedback, where appropriate.

At the end of unit students work is formally assessed against shared success criteria.

Each half term students receive a holistic grade inline with the school’s data collection policy.



What is set?

Home Learning is set to complement and support the learning taking place in lessons.

Activities include

Collecting materials

Drawing and making


Completion of work

Continuation of classwork


Extra-curricular opportunities

Art clubs

Gallery and museum visits

Cross-curricular events; World Book Day, Sports’ Day, etc.


Cultural capital

Students are involved in discussions that build on questioning and are encouraged to critically question and challenge the world around them.

Students are encouraged to think like an artists and designers.

Students develop skills to communicate both visually, verbally and physically.

Students study their heritage as well as explore the cultures and practices of other cultures.

They develop personal, social and cultural understanding through their studies within art and design.

Through art and design students are encouraged to develop tolerance for different cultures, identities and protected characteristics.

The art and design department promote art and design across the curriculum and explain the importance of the Arts in the wider society and industry.

Students visit galleries & museums and take part in artist’s workshops throughout the Key stage.



Within the teaching of art and design, teachers frequently link the curriculum and activities to industry and the creative industries.

Students are given examples of how art and design fits into the world and how ‘The Arts’ impact on our lives.

In year 8 careers and careers in art and design are discussed as part of the year 9 option process.

Within the department we have a display on Careers in Art and Design.

Projects are also designed to reflect the numerous disciplines with the art and design world, such as, fine art, graphic design, photography, textile design, print making, surface design, etc…