ART & TECHNOLOGY - CURRICULUM

Key Stage 3 Art and Design

At Key stage 3 pupils will gain a sound knowledge of the formal elements including: tone and line, colour, form and shape and patterns and textures. The techniques studied include: painting & drawing, printmaking with polyblock, collography and basic stencil prints, collage with found materials, papier mache, wire or ceramic construction. The use of ICT includes: digital photography, image transfer and manipulation and Internet research skills.

Key Stage 3 Technology

In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs.

They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Design and Technology is a wide-ranging subject that calls on knowledge and concepts developed within other areas of the curriculum. Design and Technology applies and extends these in a practical manner reinforcing and enhancing the whole curriculum. Pupils' work in three main disciplines; Food, Resistant Materials and Textiles. These provide a strong foundation for all KS 4 courses and enable pupils to make informed decisions based on experience, attainment and future aspirations.

Key Stage 4 Art and Design

GCSE Art and Design
Course Title: GCSE Art and Design
Exam Board: AQA

Subject Leader: Mrs K Hibben
Teacher: Mrs K Hibben, Mr S Brimsted, Mr J Hibben

Subject Content:
GCSE Art and Design provides pupils with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.
This two unit specification enables pupils to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60% and Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40%. It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.

What will you gain from this course?
The Art and Design will enable you to:

  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Research
  • Investigation and experimentation
  • The development of ideas from first-hand experience and, where appropriate, secondary source materials.

GCSE Photography

GCSE Graphics
Course Title: GCSE Graphics
Exam Board: AQA

Subject Leader: Mrs K Hibben
Teacher: Mrs K Hibben, Mr J Hibben

Subject Content:
GCSE Graphics provides pupils with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

This two unit specification enables pupils to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Graphics – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60% and Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40%. It is a strong foundation for further progression to Graphics related courses such as A-level Graphics and enhanced vocational and career pathways.

What will you gain from this course?
The Photography will enable you to:

  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Research
  • Investigation and experimentation
  • The development of ideas from first-hand experience and, where appropriate, secondary source materials.

Key Stage 4 Technology

GCSE Resistant materials
Course Title: GCSE Resistant Materials
Exam Board: Edexcel

Subject Leader: Mrs K Hibben
Teacher: Miss S Flippance

Subject Content:
GCSE Resistant Materials is a 3 year course that provides pupils with the opportunity to undertake a practical qualification covering key aspects of the design and make process. Pupils will explore traditional and technological processes to address specialised briefs.

Processes include:

  • Analyzing exiting products (including visits to the Design Museum)
  • Analyzing the needs of the consumer
  • Addressing design constraints, such as materials, the environment, social moral, safety, cost and availability
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Design and construction, including quality control
  • Testing and evaluating

GCSE Catering

Course Title: GCSE Food and Nutrition
Exam Board: WJEC

Subject Leader: Mrs K Hibben
Teacher: Miss D Taylor, Mrs N Whitehair

Subject Content:
GCSE Catering is a 3-year course that focuses on food and nutrition issues in relation to diet and health throughout life. Pupils will explore factors affecting consumer choice; the nutritional, physical, chemical and sensory properties of foods in storage, preparation and cooking. Food hygiene; safety; and techniques. They will also investigate methods of food storage, preparation and cooking. This is a practical course. Pupils will be expected to provide all ingredients for practical tasks.

What will you gain from this course?
The Food and Nutrition GCSE will enable you to:

  • Engage actively in the processes of home economics to develop as effective and independent learners.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of human needs within a diverse society.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant technological and scientific developments.
  • Develop a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem- solving in relation to the specified context.
  • Examine issues that effect the quality of human life, including appreciation of diversity.

GCSE Child Development

Course Title: GCSE Child Development
Exam Board: WJEC

Subject Leader: Mrs K Hibben
Teacher: Mrs D Broomfield

Subject Content:
GCSE Child Development is designed to give pupils an opportunity to extend and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of the development and care of children from conception to the age of five years. It promotes an understanding of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the child that is inter-linked through the study of the family, community and the responsibilities of parenthood.

What will you gain from this course?
Pupils will be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study Pupils will develop knowledge, understanding and skills required for child development They will develop their knowledge and understanding of human needs within a diverse society Develop a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem- solving in relation to the specified context Examine issues that affect the quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity Evaluate choices and decisions to develop as informed and discerning consumers Actively engage in the processes of home economics to develop as effective and independent learners.



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National association of
Able Children in England

Cornelius Vermuyden are an official member of NACE (National association of Able Children in England).

Not only does this partnership support our development of our highest achieving pupils, it supports the development of every pupil in the school. We are committed to ensuring that a high level of challenge exists in the classroom in every lesson and to help potential convert to success and happiness for our pupils. We are firm believers that "rising tides lift all ships" and that if all students have a daily diet of challenging experiences at school and beyond, then this will help support their educational and personal development as learners and as people. Yet, as our 2016 GCSE results showed, those who come to us classed as more able achieve incredible results – for example, Callum Cuthbert leaving the school with 11 A* grades is an achievement that is not just well above the national average in terms of progress and achievement, but one that should be celebrated in terms of the school's work with its high achieving pupils.

However, here at Cornelius Vermuyden, we promote the ethos that all children must be given access to a positive mindset in terms of their learning. The message is clear; all young people are capable of reaching any goal they set their mind to if they are challenged and show a positive attitude to self - improvement . Cornelius Vermuyden places challenge and the importance of a 'growth mindset' at the heart of its teaching and learning vision for our pupils and our association with NACE is supporting this commitment to all pupils at the school.

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