Art and Design

We aim to provide students with a high quality Art and design education that will engage inspire and challenge pupils of all abilities.  As well as learning how to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design, pupils will develop their contextual understanding of art and its contribution in history and to society.

The Aims of the New National Curriculum for Art and Design are to ensure that all pupils:-

Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.  This is done through sketchbook work, written work and study sheets.

Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other techniques.  At Gamlingay Village College we teach traditional drawing and painting techniques.  Every half term pupils complete a structured drawing test to develop their drawing throughout the year.  We also teach more contemporary crafts such as felt making, ceramics and printmaking.

Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.  Pupils complete written evaluations and descriptions in their sketchbooks.  We have two exhibitions a year where pupils evaluate and analyse their own and local artists work.  The emphasis in the art department is on using visual language and the formal elements.

Know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.  Pupils complete three art history projects a year.  All pupils have the opportunity to visit a major art Gallery in London to look at some of the Nations artistic treasures. 


Key Stage 2

In Years 5 and 6 pupils have the equivalent of 1 hour of Art and Design a week. Pupils will have one homework project for each subject to complete in the year.  This should take a minimum of 6 hours to complete. Pupils may also be given a 15 minute drawing homework  every other week.   More details can be found on ‘show my homework’.

KS 2 Curriculum

Year Group

Project 1

Project 2

Year 5


Pupils learn about the formal elements of art and Visual language.  They make a school mural.

Our school environment

Pupils develop their painting, drawing and printmaking skills.

Year 6

Sculpture and 3D

African/Cubist art inspired Masks/abstract sculptures.

Structure and Movement

Futurist inspired pattern and line images and paintings.


By the end of Keys stage 2 all pupils should be able to:-

Create sketchbooks to record their observations, including drawing, painting and sculpture using a variety and range of materials.

Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture.

Have an increasing awareness of great artists, architects and designers in history.


Key Stage 3

 In year 7 and 8 pupils have 1 hour of Art and Design a week.

Year Group

Project 1

Project 2

Year 7

Illustration and Ceramics

Pupils will make a William Blake inspired Poetry book and develop printmaking into ceramics.

Landscape and Photography

Inspired by the local area and environment, pupils will look at old and modern impressionists to produce 2D art work.

Year 8


Exploring how artists use and depict Line, pupils will explore the medium of printmaking.

Painting, Drawing and Sculpture

Pupils will explore the Fine arts and create artwork about their perspective of the world and their own lives.


By the end of Key stage 3 all pupils should be able to:-

Use arrange of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring ideas.

Use a range of techniques and media including painting.

Increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.

Analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work.

Have a critical understanding about the history of art, craft and design and architecture, including periods, styles and major art movements up to the present day.


Enrichment Activities:

Tuesday 12:40pm – 1:10pm: Painting Master Class

Wednesday 12:40 – 1:10pm: Arts Award (KS2)

Friday 12:40pm – 1:10pm: Arts Award (KS3)