Tweedmouth Community Middle School

 Art & Design 

Curriculum Overview please click here


Purpose of study
Art and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

By the end of each key stage pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Subject Content

Key Stage 2 – Yr 5 & 6
Pupils will develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
• to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Key Stage 3 – Yr 7 & 8
Pupils will develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They will develop a critical understanding of artists, architects, and designers, expressing reasoned judgments that can inform their own work.
• to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas

  • to use a range of techniques and media, including painting
  • to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
  • about the history of art, craft, design, film and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.



“Drawing is a transferable skill which can be integrated into the entire curriculum.” – The Big Draw

  • ARTS AWARD explore - 20 Year 8 students are currently taking part in Arts Award.
  • Visiting Artist - Year 7 and Year 8 Arts Award pupils will be working with visiting artist Sally Madge, in 3 art / collage workshops.
  • Animation Workshops - Year 8 will be working with Robin Webb, creating their own mystery island inspired animations, following their visit to the BFMAF screening of 'The Red Turtle'.

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Past Projects:


Animation Workshops - Arts Award

Again, Year 8 pupils were lucky enough to take part in some animation workshops, as part of BFMAF. They learnt about the history of animation from cavemen, the Victorians to present day! Robin Webb (North East animator) worked with the students again, showing them how to create figures from plasticine, backdrops and the process involved in animation. The pupils totally got to grips with the technology, modelling and moving their characters and produced some very creative and unusual storylines for their animations…Hard to imagine 1 second of animation took 12 frames…Students then recorded their sound effects and their scripts…It was great to see the students so engaged and enthusiastic, and we are looking forward to seeing the edited versions once Robin has merged the animation and sound together. In the meantime, check out the photos on the school website.

Big thanks to Berwick Visual Arts and Northumberland Arts Development, NAD, for granting funding for this project, as part of our Arts Award Explore…and Robin Webb for his energy and expertise…and managing to avoid the BUG!

Arts Award

A group of year 8 students successfully took part in ‘ARTS AWARD – EXPLORE’ for the first time this year…

As part of this they attended the Berwick Film and Media Festival, where they watched a French animation film and took part in a film making workshop…They also had a guided tour of three of the art installations that were on show as part of the event…a very new experience for some!

Year 5 Paxton House Visit - Portrait Gallery

Year 6 Pop Art Portraiture

  • Pop Art
  • Fauvism
  • Pointillism
  • Paint & Felt tip pen

Pupils looked at different artists, styles, techniques and explored a range of mediums to influence their final piece.