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Staff

Mr B Kelly
Head of Department

Ms T Graham

Ms S Leavett

Mrs C Ashley

Mr D Loveridge
Technician

Ms S-K Beaumont
Technician


Welcome to the Art, Design and Technology Department. We offer opportunities for students across both Key Stages to study Art and Design, Food Technology, Textile Design and 3D Design. We provide the students an opportunity to work with and express themselves in a multitude of media including painting, printmaking, ceramics, CAD/CAM software and hardware such as our laser machine.  

Department philosophy:
“We are passionate about producing the highest quality, insightful and thought provoking pieces of art, design and food based products. Our belief is that through engaging and inspiring lessons students can learn from historic and contemporary artists, designers and chefs before embarking on an exciting journey of design before realising their intentions in their final products. Ensuring the right level of challenge and support is offered for all our students is fundamental to our success. We are extremely proud that many of our students continue their education to pursue careers in Art, Design and Technology” Barry Kelly Head of Art, Design and Technology

Curriculum overview:
In order to ensure our curriculum content remains fresh and contemporary, schemes of learning are updated every year to include new themes, artists and designers, however the skills covered are often the same each academic year.

Art:
Year 7: Students learn the basic principals of Art and Design by practicing their skills and understanding of colour and tone. Students will follow an internally set theme in order to generate a 2D painting and sculpture by the end of the year.

Year 8:
Students develop their Art and Design skills by exploring an internally set theme in order to generate a piece of ceramics and relief based painting by the end of the year.

Year 9:
Students further develop their Art and Design skills by exploring an internally set theme in order to experiment with printmaking techniques and mixed sculpture. They are also introduced to GCSE terminology and methodology so as to bridge the learning gap more smoothly for students wishing to opt for KS4 study.

Year 10 & 11:
Students study Edexcel GCSE Art & Design. Between September of year 10 and January of year 11, students explore several internally set themes to ensure maximum coverage of the assessment objectives. Students will produce preparatory work in sketchbooks as well as other experiments leading to a final outcome for each project set. From February year 11 onwards, students follow an externally set assignment from the exam board. Students are supported and guided through the research and development stage before their final 10 hour practical exam.

Design & Technology
Key stage 3:
In each year of key stage 3 Students follow a carousel system whereby they attend approximately 13 weeks in each of the three disciplines of Design & Technology; 3D Design, Textile design and Food technology. Over the course of the three years students rapidly increase their skill set with in these subject areas before considering opting for one of the disciplines at GCSE level. In each discipline students research designers and a given theme before producing a range of ideas and ultimately a high quality final outcome.

Key stage 4:
3D Design: Unique to Chiltern Edge, students study Edexcel GCSE Art & Design: Endorsed 3D Design. Between September of year 10 and January of year 11, students explore several internally set themes to ensure maximum coverage of the assessment objectives. Students will produce preparatory work in sketchbooks as well as other experiments leading to a final outcome for each project set. From February year 11 onwards, students follow an externally set assignment from the exam board. Students are supported and guided through the research and development stage before their final 10 hour practical exam. This method we feel is a far more accurate assessment of a students ability and skill level. Many higher education establishments have commented favourably on this dynamic and fresh approach to design.

Food Technology:
Students study AQA GCSE Food Technology course. From September in year 10 through to December in year 11, students complete their controlled assessment in stages. This large section of the course is worth 60% of the final grade. Much of the time is spent designing and adapting recipes, experimenting in the kitchen by cooking the recipes and evaluating the results. The paperwork is completed in our dedicated ICT suite where students can upload digital photos of their experiments and present their work in a professional manner. From January year 11, students begin revising the theory aspect of the course for their exam which occurs around June which is worth 40%.