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HAR Romana Hayman Head of Department for MFL
JOP Peter Jonas Head of Art and Photography

Facilities:

2 specialist MFL classrooms well equipped with smartboards.

Mini whiteboards and verb booklets for KS4.

A range of work books for staff, active teach interactive resources including video episodes and extracts with both Viva and Studio KS3-KS4.

Art and Photography facilities are 2 bespoke computer-fitted rooms 215 & 216 complete with

Adobe Photo Shop image editing software. We provide access to a range of art media and equipment to provide excellent creative opportunities.

            CURRICULUM PLANS

Years 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3)

 

 

In French students will be taught the key grammatical concepts so that they are able to have a foundation base of key grammatical phrases and vocabulary to enable them to succeed at GCSE. The topics studied at KS3 have been designed to address the four main components of skills assessed in French: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. General language skills, including grammar, cultural awareness and translation are also developed and assessed in the new assessments. Students are assessed after each topic and assessments include translation, vocabulary, listening and reading after each module, followed by either a speaking or writing after each term. 

Units covered in Year 7 include: greetings, personal information (name, age, birthday, where they live), school subjects, nationality, present tense, likes and dislikes, snacks, times, family, physical description, opinions, basic linking words, house and rooms.

Units covered in Year 8 include: personality, physical description, comparisons, sports, music, daily routine, present tense, food and drink, future tense, clothes and future plans. Career provisions are explored through translation activities; likes and dislikes; geography for future travel plans and wider cultural knowledge.

Homework is particularly important if the key vocabulary practised in class is to be retained over a longer period of time. A vocabulary learning homework is set every week along with a written piece of work bi-weekly.

In Art and Design the students at KS3 will be exploring a range of media experiences to enable success at GCSE. The topics studied at KS3 have been designed to address the four main components of skills assessed later in: Planning, Artist/Genre research, Media experimentation, Personal responses. General drawing, sculpting and painting skills as well as digital proficiency is encoded in the skills outline and this is put on Class Charts, including rudimentary art history, cultural awareness and translated into personalised responses. These are also developed and assessed in the new assessments.  Students are assessed after each topic and assessments include a mini assessment after each module towards the end of term. Students will create ‘one practical Final Piece’ related to the focus of the term whether drawing, painting sculpture, digital photography or print-making. This would include a brief description of the process and artists/genres covered in preparation for and familiarisation with the 4 GCSE assessment objectives.

Units covered in Year 7 include: General Drawing and Perspective skills, Exploring Colour, Portraiture, Digital Art, Multi-Cultural Art and Sculpture including Textiles, Use of a variety of media types is encouraged.

Units covered in Year 8 include: Art genres Pop Art, Optical illusions, Surrealism.

Homework is particularly important if what has been initiated in class is to be developed over a longer period of time particularly fine motor skills in drawing and sculpture. A visual vocabulary learning homework is set every fortnight along with practical work.

Years 9,  10 and 11 (KS4)

 

 

The new SOL follows Ofqual recommendations of skills needed in KS4 French and Spanish. All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will follow the AQA GCSE French (8658) and AQA Spanish (8698).

Students will be assessed equally in reading, speaking, writing, translation and listening. The topics covered are prescribed and divided into 3 themes containing the topics of ‘identity and culture’; ‘local, national, international and global areas of interest’; ‘current and future study and employment’. Each theme will be covered in Years 9 to 11 at least once annually in the syllabus. Students work to develop their competence in the 4 key language areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening with an equal amount of time devoted to each of these skills in lessons. Students will develop transferable skills, relevant to further study and the world of work through French lessons. The range of topics within the curriculum on offer aims to inspire students who are interested in French culture and French speaking countries.

Career opportunities are explored in theme 3 as a full module of work where students have the opportunity to write a CV, explore job applications and interview process, students can talk about their experience and skills for the work place in the context of French lessons which are transferable to life skills; they practice interview skills and question asking; explore rights and identities; describe job roles and human rights issues and continue to use translations on a daily basis.

The Department has also launched a greater focus on mastery of grammar which has been very successful in ensuring that students are able to work more independently. The learning of grammar and tenses to enhance and embed vocabulary in Key Stage 3 will form a major part of the curriculum in Year 9.

Students are expected to complete one main homework (usually a reading or writing task) per week as well as revising for a weekly vocabulary assessment based on the topics studied over the course of the year.

The new SOL follows Ofqual recommendations of skills needed in KS4 Art/Photography. All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will follow the AQA GCSE ART & DESIGN (8201) and AQA Photography (8206).

Students will be assessed equally in 4 Assessment Objectives. The topics covered are prescribed and divided into 3 themes exploring the topics of ‘Personal identity and culture including social trends, current world affairs including Ecology’. Students work to develop their competence and skills within the 4 key Assessment Objectives: Research, Media experimentation, Design Development and Personal Responses; with an equal amount of time devoted to each of these skills in lessons. Students will develop transferable skills, relevant to further study and the world of work through Art and Design lessons. Art and Photography Careers that are linked in the curriculum learning within the subject are: Fine artist, Photographer, Digital designer, Filmmaker, Animator, Architect, Art therapist, Florist, Hair and Beauty technician, Model maker, Art Teacher, Landscape artist, Furniture designer, Set designer and Fashion designer.

The range of themes and techniques within the curriculum on offer aims to inspire students who are interested in developing their Fine art business acumen as well as social responsibility through Public art events. The Department has also launched a greater focus on mastery of Design which has been very successful in ensuring that students are able to work more independently. The learning of Painting/ Drawing, 3-Dimensional/Digital art to enhance and embed aesthetic vocabulary in Key Stage 3 will form a major part of the curriculum in Year 9.

Students are expected to complete one main homework (usually a drawing or painting task) per week, additionally to research of the works of artists of the same style or genre.

Years 12 and 13 (KS5)

At KS5 we are offering Art & Design AQA and Photography AQA as 2 distinct subjects with the view to developing a strong visual research identity in 2 chosen subject areas. The depth of research and practical work would reflect the expectations of Further Education institutions and serve as an entry benchmark for access to these whilst retaining the rigour of solid evidence based, creative portfolio work in at least the 2 chosen theme based projects.

Students will be assessed equally in 4 Assessment Objectives. The topics covered are prescribed and divided into 3 themes exploring the topics of ‘Personal Choice and culture including social trends. Students work to develop their competence and skills within the 4 key Assessment Objectives: Research, Media experimentation, Design Development and Personal Responses; with an equal amount of time devoted to each of these skills in lessons. Students will develop transferable skills, relevant to further study and the world of work through Art and Design and personal investigation.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION

We believe that learning should also happen outside the classroom. For that reason, the Faculty annually organises academic and cultural events abroad. Recent trips underway are to Paris and Barcelona. In addition, students are immersed in the culture of the language learnt whilst in school through events such as the European Day of Languages in September.

The Languages Department also provides intervention sessions for KS4 and will recommence a language club to promote the learning of a further language in school.

The Art and Photography Departments annually organises both academic and cultural events. Trips underway are to the Tate Modern and the Saatchi / National Portrait Gallery. In addition, students are exposed to the culture of the Creativity learnt whilst in school through events such as a full annual Art exhibition of Art and Photography students’ final pieces in a gallery display.

The Art/ Photography Department also provides intervention and extension sessions for KS4 and 5 and will recommenced Art club to promote the exploration of additional creative work in school as well as Art competitions outside to augment the aesthetic excellence already emerging.  We will be participating in the Mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth sculpture competition for Trafalgar Square as well as Multi–Cultural History month art and photography competitions.

 


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