Art and Design

The visual arts are valued at Lostock Hall Academy. The subject encourages resilient learning, problem solving and learning from mistakes. Photography, collecting imagery and drawing from life is used as a skill to help develop ideas. Final art works are produced on different scales and students have the opportunity to work individually and in groups, showing understanding of the themes and artists techniques. Opportunity is given for students to analyse and evaluate their own and others work to strengthen their designs and skills.


KS3 

In Years 7 and 8 students have 2 lessons per week and in Year 9 students have one. Throughout the key stage, students look at the work of artists and cultures allowing the styles to influence their own work. They experiment and take risks with a wide range of media and techniques, with the aim to increase their ability in the handling of different materials. 


Year 7

- Formal Elements Benchmark

- Self

- African Package Design

- Landscapes


Year 8

- Surrealism

- Viewpoints

- Egyptian Art


Year 9

- Architecture

- Contemporary Arts and Critical Studies 


KS3 Assessment

Informal assessment is on-going during all lessons. Students are involved in their assessments, giving them a clear understanding of the progress they are making. Their work will be assessed by themselves, peers and formally by the teacher. As students’ progress through each piece of work, a written comment giving the strength of the work and a target for improvement will be placed the yellow assessment sheet.

At the end of each unit a summative NC level and ‘Pupil Learning Profile grade are awarded for an individual’s collective work within that unit. NC criteria are used to assess the level. Students have a copy of the assessment criteria in their sketchbooks.


KS4 Art and Design

Staff at Lostock Hall Academy have designed an exciting, personalised course for students who opt for Art and Design. Our themes are wide allowing students to create their own individual project based upon their own interests. At the end of the course students achievements are celebrated at their own exhibition.

The first project is titled ‘Image and Identity’ and students are encouraged to explore what the title means to them, before picking their own theme. As part of the course, students visit the Tate Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery to learn from artists who have worked with the techniques and themes.



For the second project the students gain more freedom and are able to choose from four past exam questions. The titles are Pattern and Decoration, Interiors and Exteriors, Fantastic and Strange and Marine Life and Animals.



As candidates are entered into the Art, Craft and Design Course, their portfolio must include at least two areas of study;

- Fine Art: (drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking)

- Graphic Communication: (illustration, computer graphics, advertising, video)

- Textile Design: (fashion and costume, constructed / stitched fabrics, printed fabrics)

- Three Dimensional Design: (ceramics, sculpture, product design)

- Photography: (lens based, digital)

- Historical/Contextual Studies

KS4 Assessment

The course is divided into two components.

Component 1 is a portfolio of work and is 60% of their final mark. The portfolio contains the majority of art work completed in class and for homework from the start of Year 10 to Christmas of Year 11. It contains the Image and Identity project, their own choice of 2nd project and any additional work.

Component 2 is an externally set assignment and is 40% of their final mark. The project titles are set by the AQA exam board and students have approximately 8 weeks to complete a project. They will produce a final piece unaided in an invigilated room.

Both Unit 1 and 2 have the same assessment criteria. There are 4 Assessment objectives, each being worth 20 marks.

AO1 Development of ideas, analytical and cultural understanding Annotation of your drawings, written comments about the work of other artists or work you have created in the style of other Artists.

AO2 Experimentation and development

Experimenting with a variety of materials, developing your work into designs for a final piece.

AO3 Recording ideas and observations

Ideas and insights about the theme, observational drawings and photographs.

AO4 Personal response

Your final piece based on the work you have done in your sketchbook.


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GCSE Art and Design

GCSE Art and Design Photography



Support at home:

  • Gain an understanding of the schemes of work by looking at the project outline or title page.
  • Research the topic on the internet or at the library with your child.
  • Visit Art Galleries and museums.
  • Encourage your child to draw from something or someone that is directly in front of them.
  • Make art work with your child, as a leisure activity.
  • Help your child to learn colour theory.
  • Help your child to learn spellings of key words specific to projects.
  • Key words can be found in the pupil planner.
  • Help your child to create a scrapbook about a topic or a visual diary, containing information, drawings, research and various media.
  • Give your child opportunity to take photographs and think about the quality of the image.
  • Consider the composition, background and lighting.
  • Enrol your child on local arts activities / courses or organisations.
  • Enter art competitions.
  • Encourage you child to attend Art Clubs at school.
  • Check Show My Homework and ensure homework is completed.
  • Look at the target and mark sheets and ensure your child is responding to teacher feedback.