Art is taught by:

Ms M Begum

Curriculum Team Leader

Ms F Mulcahy

Art Teacher (P/T)

Mr S Humphreys

Art Teacher (P/T)

Ms J Pardo-Zamora

Art Teacher (P/T)

Ms N Ahmed

Art Teacher 


Art is the ability to create a piece of work using senses, emotions and intellect. The Little Ilford School art department recognises this and therefore tries to evoke a sense of imagination and originality from the students. Students take part in a wide range of projects. All the elements in art, line, colour, composition, texture and tone. Some of the work created is phenomenal and most of it is then displayed in the art department classes and around the school. The art department not only tries to bring out a sense of creativity from the students, but also a personal element to the work. A lot of the work created by students has a touch of sentimental value, something that cannot be copied or labelled generic.


Link to KS3 and KS4 overview



Curriculum content and aims

In Key Stage 3, students develop their visual and tactile skills through a range of drawing and painting activities, collage and printmaking, and three dimensional work in a variety of media.  They explore and develop an understanding of different cultures, and study a range of traditional and contemporary art movements, which are used to stimulate their own ideas.

The curriculum teaches the following skills:

  • Research

  • Develop

  • Plan and Create

  • Present

  • Evaluate


How are they assessed

 Students are assessed in four areas:

  • Artist Analysis
  • Experimentation
  • Drawing
  • Independence


Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Home learning assignments will be published on Show My Homework.

Students in year 7 and 8 will have 6-week homework projects.


How parents/carers can support their child

Parents can help their children with their art work in more ways than they think. Although art may be a subject which does not require homework in the form of writing. Parents can sit down with their child and research different forms of art, contemporary artists, great artists and objects which relate to them. All of this can inspire the child and cause them to think deeper about their work. Extra-curricular activities such as a jewellery club and art club are held as well as master classes with contemporary artists.



Curriculum content and aims

At GCSE level we follow the EdExcel Art course in which students will work on set projects throughout the course but will also have the opportunity to take their work in a personal direction. 

Throughout this process, students will: 

  • Develop their ideas through investigations informed by selecting and critically analysing sources. 

  • Apply an understanding of relevant practices in the creative and cultural industries to their work. 

  • Refine their ideas as work progresses through experimenting with media, materials, techniques and processes. 

  • Record their ideas, observations, insights and independent judgements, visually and through written annotation, using appropriate specialist vocabulary, as work progresses. 

  • Use drawing skills for different needs and purposes, appropriate to context. 

  • Present their personal intentions through sustained application of the creative process. 

  • Use visual language critically as appropriate to their own creative intentions and chosen area(s) of study through effective and safe use of media, materials, techniques, processes and technology.


The curriculum teaches the following skills:

  • The ability to develop individual ideas and collaborate with others. 

  • Strong observational, research and analytical skills. 

  • Creative problem solving. 

  • The ability to learn from criticism and be objective about your work. 

  •  An openness to new concepts.  


How are they assessed.

Students are assessed in four areas:

  • Assessment Objective 1 is about developing ideas from a starting point to a final piece. This is done through mind-mapping, sketches and studies related to the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople. You need to analyse and understand these contextual sources, and develop your ideas in a personal way.

  • Assessment Objective 2 is about refining your ideas through selecting and experimenting with appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes. There are various ways of using these to develop ideas and create a personal response.

  • Assessment Objective 3 is about recording your ideas, observations and insights, which can be in visual, written and other forms. You should work from a range of experiences and stimulus materials; as each of these could lead you to different ways of developing your ideas. You should reflect upon your work, and consider what you have achieved at each stage and what you will do next.

  • Assessment Objective 4 is about presenting a personal, informed and meaningful response, from your initial research through to the final piece. You need to demonstrate analytical and critical understanding as you respond to your theme.


Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Home learning assignments will be published on Show My Homework.

Students in year 9, 10, and 11 will be expected to spend at least one hour a week working independently in their sketchbook.  Students must also demonstrate good time management skills and an ability to meet deadlines.

Name of person in the art department who parents can contact if they need more information about the art syllabus:  Ms M Begum


How parents/carers can support their child

Encourage your child to take an interest in art outside of the classroom; many newspapers now have culture and art sections which will provide a constant stream of new images that may also be used in research. It is important that your child has the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of artworks by visiting galleries and museums to develop their understanding of the subject. There are many documentaries and films shown both on television and online that would increase subject knowledge, particularly on BBC 4, More 4 and Sky Arts. In addition, your child will need access to art materials such as paints and brushes.


Additional Requirements 

All materials will be provided for use in lessons but it is useful for pupils to have access to basic art equipment and materials at home to enable them to complete coursework. Art packs will be available to buy from the department at the start of the year.


Possible careers include

GCSE Art provides pupils with the skills to be able to progress to studying Art or other creative subjects at A-Level or level 3 BTEC courses and then progress to a career in the Art and Design industries. The Art and Design industry is the fastest growing in the country and pupils could pursue careers such as Fashion Design, Interior Design, Game Design, Animation, Photography, Graphic design, Product Design and many more


How parents or other members of other public can find out more about the curriculum/syllabus we are following:

Contact the Art department to view exemplar work.


Useful websites:

Tate Britain

National Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery

Tate Modern

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