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Key Stage 3 Art

During Key Stage 3 students work on a range of teacher facilitated projects which are designed to develop their foundation art skills. The aim throughout is to provide opportunities for students to develop their self-esteem, confidence, self-awareness and self-expression. There is an emphasis on self-help and independent work skills, which enable students to develop creativity, experimentation skills and practices at their own pace in a safe and supported environment. All students are empowered to develop artwork relating to the own interests and hobbies.

The projects include a range of inspirational starting points, media, techniques and processes through the use of demonstration, experimentation and risk taking. Students will be involved in a range of activities including drawing, annotation, printing, 3D modeling and painting, with a focus on process as well as outcome. In order to provide equal opportunities for all students learning objectives are differentiated, flexible starting points and scaffolding are used along with one to one support for low access students. Extension activities and challenging learning objectives reinforce and promote higher level thinking and develop creativity and independence for those high challenge students.

The Art Department at The Meadows School supports the delivery of British Values by studying the diverse and different histories and cultures from around the world, looking at democracy, and society through shared artwork and artistic movements. Students explore ethnic art, including but not exclusively Aboriginal, African and Native American Indian craft movements. Students are encouraged to consider the differences between these cultures and through discussion and exploration they look at how they have been incorporated into a diverse British society and culture. Lessons are planned to encourage mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In Art lessons students are given the opportunity to consider the Rule of Law, considering justice and living in a just and fair society, by looking at artwork that challenges and inspires discussion.

Key Stage 4 Art

In Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to choose Art, Craft and Design as a GCSE subject as well as individual unit awards. The courses follow a skills-based approach with projects designed to inspire and motivate independent working, with a focus on developing their knowledge, understanding and skills of art, craft and design based media. The course promotes learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources, with an aim of generating different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes. Students will visit galleries and work alongside other artists.




The GCSE course is made up of 2 components.

Component 1: Portfolio must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the titles below, taking into account the distinguishing characteristics of art, craft and design.

Component 2: Externally set Assignment, must show evidence of areas of study drawn from one or more of the titles below:

Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile design, Three-dimensional design or Photography.

Throughout the course students are given one to one support when required for low access students, including literacy and scaffolding to help generate ideas and develop skills and confidence. High challenge students are encouraged to set personal targets, milestones and deadlines, in addition to developing skills, knowledge and understanding through independent exploration and discovery.

AQA is the exam board used for both the full and short course GCSE.

Key Stage 3 Food Studies


Learning objectives :

Focus on basic practical skills and food knowledge of nutrition and focus on higher level practical skills. Knowledge of nutrition and environmental considerations

Students will learn to make:


Balanced diets - seasonal dishes - costing - nutrition profiling and produce a recipe book
Fruit Fusion, Pizza Toast, Apple Crumble, Bread Rolls, Cheesy Scones, Falafels, Flapjacks, Pasta Salad
Development practical – Muffins, Melting Moments, Bolognaise/Chilli, Macaroni Cheese/Pasta Bake, Stir Fry, Upside Down Fruit Cake, Quiches, Pizza Pin Wheels or Cheese Straws, Breaded Chicken and Dips to include a Dip
Development practical - Recipe book containing variety of meals that fit a student chosen specification.
Student will learn the importance of healthy eating and learn valuable transferable skills for later life.
Research Nutrition, Cooking and Food Preparation,
Research Planning,
Research Method of working
Research Skills in Cooking and Presentation of dishes created,
Research Analyse and Evaluate


Key Stage 4 Food

The scheme of work is a practical and creative course which focuses on giving students the necessary skills to provide the foundation for the Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) and final examination in Year 11

Topic and Themes:

Food, nutrition and health
Food safety
Food hygiene

The content will be delivered throughout the year, topic by topic with end of unit test and homework that will reinforce learning and promote independent learning. Experiments will be conducted and there will also be a NEA task at the end of the Unit.


Qualification title: ELC in Food Studies and Food Safety and Hygiene (L2) Catering.

NCFE L1 Food Nutrition

Hygiene Certificate -

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