Art & Photography

Sandbach High School

General information

Our Vision;

The Art Department at Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College aims to give everyone a chance to achieve. We strive to be at the forefront of artistic development within education and create regular opportunities to celebrate the creativity of our students.

 

The Art department comprises of a skilled staff whose aims are:

 

  • To stimulate and/or maintain student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Art
  • To enable students to be familiar with a body of artistic knowledge, skills, principles and vocabulary, e.g. students should become competent and confident in:
    • Producing images- and 'works of art'
    • Responding to works produced by others, and to features of the natural and man-made environment, with reasoned arguments

 

  • To enable students to perceive Art as:
    • a major cultural feature
    • part of a wider body of knowledge and skills, e.g. to be able to work both
    • Independently and co-operatively

 

  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allows all groups of students to have equal access to Art and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
  • To develop an awareness in students of the significance of Art and to value it as an important, pleasurable and fundamental realm of human experience.

Curriculum Lead

Mr David Valentine: dvalentine@sandbachhigh.co.uk 

Curriculum

Our programme is designed to contribute, support and compliment the aims and aspirations of the school. We aim to develop in young people the sense of fulfilment, fun, pride and satisfaction in producing works of art. 

 

Art is personally enriching as well as collectively stimulating and a range of teaching styles are used to develop both creativity and practical/technical skills. The curriculum is taught by specialist teachers of Art, Photography, Craft & Design. The programme is structured to allow for continuity, depth, differentiation and progression in learning. Pupils will be able to make progress and improve their personal performance in key skills and standards across the National Curriculum. 

 

Intent: 

  • Teaching students about how to appreciate Art as a cultural, social, political vehicle and understand how to implement and express their own beliefs during the creative process. 
  • Develop aesthetic awareness and appreciation of the subject as a visual language 
  • To encourage diversity, equality, acceptance, appreciation, collaboration and personal development  
  • To create a linear experience which develops a student holistically from early formative years through to early adulthood. 

 

Implementation: 

  • Well planned SOW and projects which include a range of skills (both practical and academic) linked to a range of culturally and socially topical issues and relevant concepts. 
  • Talented teachers with their own skills set utilised  to share their own practice and Artistic beliefs and values 
  • A range of extra-curricular activities, residential trips and foreign visits designed to expose students to the wider Art world and culturally important Art forms. 

 

Impact: 

  • Excellent results form the basis for data based impact showing progress from KS3-KS5. 
  • Aesthetic awareness and technical skill is clearly the visual impact 
  • Students going on to University to study the creative subjects along with those who develop a career in the creative industries. 
  • The development of transferrable skills such as problem solving, empathy, cultural and social awareness, leadership, time management and general confidence. 

Qualifications

GCSE Fine Art (AQA) 

GCSE Photography (AQA) 

A Level Fine Art (EDEXCEL) 

A Level Photography (EDEXCEL) 

Wider Curriculum

The Art department offer a range of lunchtime and after school clubs and enrichment sessions which take into account the interests, passions and needs of our students’ at all key stages. 

 

 

The Art department also offer a range of trips and visits including: 

 

  • KS3 visits to Liverpool Museum and The Walker Art Gallery 
  • KS3, 3 and 5 visits to European destinations. These have recently included Venice, Florence, Paris and Amsterdam 
  • KS4 Art residential to the Conway Centre 
  • London Art galleries 
  • Manchester and Liverpool Art galleries 
  • KS5 G&T trip to Tuscany (in conjunction with other Cheshire schools and colleges) 

 

We also foster close links with the wider community and have exhibited work in local venues as well as working closely with local artists and Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College alumni. 

Useful Links

Five ways I can help my child in Art (KS3):  

 

  1. Foster their creativity by encouraging independent drawing/painting at home 

2. Encourage them to not be worried about trying out new skills. Mistakes often make for good progress.  

3. Help them learn to appreciate other pupil’s work – listen carefully to the story behind their ideas  

4. Encourage your child to ask lots of questions in class  

5. Regular trips to local galleries  

 

 

 

Five ways to help your child by encouraging the following at home (KS4):  

 

  1. Foster their creativity by encouraging independent drawing/painting at home whilst reminding them that there are plenty of lunchtime and after school sessions. 
  2. Encourage them to get involve in departmental promotion and or clubs 
  3. Help them make best use of their free time to ensure that they keep up with pace of the course 
  4. Ensure your child is fully equipped for the course they are on. 
  5. Regular trips to local galleries 

 

 

 

Five ways I can help my child in Art (KS5):  

 

  1. Foster their creativity by encouraging independent drawing/painting at home whilst reminding them that there are plenty of lunchtime and after school sessions. 
  2. Encourage them to get involve in departmental promotion and or clubs 
  3. Help them make best use of their free time to ensure that they keep up with pace of the course 
  4. Ensure your child is fully equipped for the course they are on. 
  5. Regular trips to local galleries 

 

 

 

 

 

We love to celebrate the work of our students and the stunning work they produce can be found on instagram at art__photo@shssfc or via our twitter account Sandbach High Art & Photography 

KS3

The programme has been designed and tailored to meet the growing needs of our pupils and individual learners, provide compelling learning experiences and contribute towards fostering a lifelong appreciation and passion for art. 

 

YEAR 7 

2 x Lessons per fortnight 

Taught in mixed ability form groups 

Autumn Term: Artists Tool Kit / (Drawing Techniques and Colour Theory) 

Spring Term: Narrative Painting and 3D modelling 

Summer Term: Creative Creatures (Wire/Sculpture Work) 

 

YEAR 8 

3 X lessons per fortnight 

Taught in mixed ability form groups 

Autumn Term: Observational Drawing (Extending knowledge of key drawing techniques and processes) 

Spring Term: Clay Pots (Derived from Natural Forms and other sources) 

Summer Term: Printmaking (Extending ideas from Previous Projects) 

 

YEAR 9 

2 X lessons per fortnight 

Taught in mixed ability form groups 

Autumn Term: Shrines, (Exploring cultural diversity) 

Spring Term: Digital Manipulation/Photography and Photoshop 

Summer Term: Poetry Dresses 

 

Key Stage 3 Results are strong and remain above the national average 

KS4-5

Key Stage 4 

 

Pupils who opt for GCSE Fine Art or Photography follow the AQA syllabus, which develops drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and mixed media forms building on the knowledge and skills introduced in Key Stage 3. 

 

Pupils receive 5 lessons per fortnight and are taught in mixed ability option groups. The (5-9) pass rate remains very high year on year and the number of pupils opting for GCSE Fine Art demonstrates the popularity of the course. 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 5 

 

 

Currently we offer both A Level Fine Art and Photography courses, both of which enjoy excellent results year on year.   

 

The Fine Art course offers the students the opportunities to work with a range of both traditional and contemporary processes all of which are supported and enriched by regular Artist research and contextual inputs.  

 

Students will be introduced to a range of drawing, painting and 3D techniques and will be offered regular tuition both in and out of lessons and encouraged to work independently at home.  

 

 

The Photography course will introduce students to both historical and contemporary practices. Practical techniques and the use of SLR cameras will be taught all of which will be supported and enriched by regular Artist and contextual research.  

 

A Level photography students can expect to have regular one to one tuition both in and out of lessons and will be encouraged to take regular shoots outside of lessons.  

 

Students who opt for the A Level courses in Photography or Fine Art follow the Edexcel Syllabus. Students will receive 10 hours per fortnight as well as regular opportunities for independent study and extra support and tuition outside of lessons. 

Results remain high in both areas.