Key Stage 3
Across KS3 students will get a chance to experience using clay. This is covered in Year 8 through STEAM day and in Year 9 students make ceramic tea cups or tiles. They will explore the material through different 3D making techniques and ways to apply decoration and texture. This will allow students to make an informed decision about which area of Art, including Ceramics, that they may wish to choose for GCSE options.
Key Stage 4
Component 1: Portfolio (60% of GCSE across Year 10 and Year 11) – students develop a range of building skills and techniques working with clay, including: coiling, slab construction, throwing on the wheel and image transfer methods. They will record ideas through drawings, designs and notes. Students will look at a range of traditional and contemporary artists working in clay and 3D.
Component 2: Externally set assignment (40% of GCSE, preparatory period followed by 10 hours supervised time) – students respond to their chosen starting point and develop a range of experiments and ideas. They complete a final piece in the 10 hour exam.
Key Stage 5
A Level Ceramics
Component 1: Portfolio (60% of A Level) – Students develop their 3D building skills mainly in clay. Through workshops they will experiment with techniques such as throwing, coiling, slab building, various image transfer techniques and casting. With self-directed themes students will explore areas that they are interested in in order to develop personal outcomes. Trips to local and national galleries.
Component 2: Externally set assignment (40% of A Level, preparatory period followed by 15 hours supervised time) - students respond to their chosen starting point and develop a range of experiments and ideas. They complete a final piece in the 15 hour exam.
Last updated: July 2021