Art and Design
What our students think about Art and Design
To develop skills and critical thinking within art. Our aim is to broaden the students conceptions of how art is created, to move away from traditional expectations of art, opening their opportunities to explore and develop through the different media and thematic response.
VIDEO: Is Art just pencil and paint?
VIDEO: Learn more about the Art and Design at MHS
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Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
5 year learning journey
Learning through and about the arts enriches the experience of studying while at school as well as preparing students for life after school.
- Arts subjects encourage self-expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity.
- Creativity can also help with wellbeing and improving health and happiness – many students in the TALE study commented that arts lessons acted as an outlet for releasing the pressures of studying as well as those of everyday life.
- Studying arts subjects also help to develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us.
Assessment in Key Stage 3 is carried out using a reduced format of the GCSE marking criteria and students are afforded the opportunity to enhance their outcomes with regular individual actionable feedback.
Assessment in Key Stage 4 is carried out using the GCSE marking criteria and students are afforded the opportunity to enhance their outcomes with regular individual actionable feedback.
Feedback in key stage 3 is given specifically to a skill or topic that the students have been working on, they are then given the opportunity to enact their feedback to make improvements.
Feedback at key stage 4 is in the form of Individual Action Plans (IAPs) where students are given independent feedback to enhance their portfolios.
Learning beyond the classroom
Manga club in the library at lunchtime.
Trips and visits
We aim to provide students with additional enrichment activities, such as gallery visits, externally led workshops and residential trips across KS3 and KS4. These will be dependant on exhibitions on offer and the development needs of the students.