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Lavington School

EQUA Trust

Graphics

Subect Leader: Diane Bray - d.bray@lavington.wilts.sch.uk

Curriculum Map

Year 7

What are we studying?

Students will complete a twenty week course in Graphics comprising of one double lesson a week.  The topics covered are; lettering, where we analyse the use of typography in design and we study the basics of logo type and the correct formation of lettering. We look at one point and two point perspective, which enables students to begin to understand how to construct their ideas into fully accurate representations. We run two main projects one of which is based upon logo design which includes colour theory. The other is a celebration card pop up which is based upon the construction of a card that incorporates a mechanical function. Both projects enhance and develop the student’s ability to understand the underlying principles of design. We study potential target markets, market trends and we briefly touch on group dynamics. We research existing products analysing their successes with reference to how established they are, who they would appeal to and how we determine success. The design and make tasks are centred on the development of the students ability to create promotional materials to  encourage sales of their designs, whilst looking at the principles of marketing and advertising in order to assist them with decision making.

How are we assessed?

Classwork (practical and theory work) and homework is assessed throughout the Graphics course.  Students will be given success criteria and national curriculum level descriptors linked to the work.  For each practical and/or theory task students will be given a national curriculum level, which enables their progress to be monitored.  The assessments may be carried out in lessons or set as homework.  In addition, students complete one complete Design and Make Assessment in the Graphics course, which focuses on elements of the design process.   Analysis, research (gathering and using information), product design, development, manufacture and evaluation are areas of the design process that are explored through this assessment towards the end of the course. 

How are we grouped?

Students are in mixed ability groups in Art, Design and Technology, and are timetabled for two double lessons a week in this subject area.  The maximum class size is 23. 

What homework are we expected to do?

There will usually be one homework task set per fortnight, of which the majority are set in order to consolidate learning from that day’s lesson or for preparation for the following lesson. 
The home work tasks should take around 30 minutes to complete.  This will include research activities, worksheets, design and development work or completion of class tasks.  Students will be given a D&T folder to store and transport their classwork and homework to and from school. Students are encouraged read around the subject area to support their understanding and development of subject specific vocabulary.

What can parents do to help?

  • Ask your child to explain the meaning of the subject vocabulary that is new to each module.
  • Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their D&T folder.
  • Look out for articles in newspapers or television and discuss them with your child.

Useful resources and equipment:

  • Ruler, colouring pencils, HB pencil, rubber, sharpener and compass.
  • Computer is useful for research tasks and presentation, but not essential.

Year 8

What are we studying?

Students will complete a twenty week course in Graphics comprising of one double lesson a week.  The topics covered are; Perspective, which enables students to consolidate and build upon their learning from skills acquired during year 7. Lettering which also builds upon prior knowledge but this is extended to incorporate the naming of font anatomy. The main project is based upon the production of a charity leaflet where students consider existing products as their main area of research and they redesign for a specific audience. Students will construct a folding leaflet which houses both graphic imagery as well as text. It will incorporate persuasive language as a literacy focus and will consider primary and secondary information in detail. We will also create a festival advertisement in the form of a poster where students use their understanding of the underlying principles of colour to drive design when they are assembling their ideas. We study potential target markets, market trends and we briefly touch on group dynamics. We research current logo’s analysing their successes with reference to how established they are, who their products would appeal to and how we determine success. The design and make tasks are centred on the development of the leaflet and a promotional poster. The poster creation in the second module will centre on developing an advertising poster or which focuses on using the rule of thirds for composition. We consider the principles of marketing and advertising in order to assist students decision making. There is a focus on photography and illustration for this unit of work and computer aided design is at the forefront.

How are we assessed?

Classwork (practical and theory work) and homework is assessed throughout the Graphics course.  Students will be given success criteria and national curriculum level descriptors linked to the work.  For each practical and/or theory task students will be given a national curriculum level, which enables their progress to be monitored.  The assessments may be carried out in lessons or set as homework.  In addition, students complete one complete Design and Make Assessment in the Graphics course, which focuses on elements of the design process.   Analysis, research (gathering and using information), product design, development, manufacture and evaluation are areas of the design process that are explored through this assessment towards the end of the course. 

How are we grouped?

Students are in mixed ability groups in Art, Design and Technology, and are timetabled for two double lessons a week in this subject area.  The maximum class size is 23. 

What homework are we expected to do?

There will usually be one homework task set per fortnight, of which the majority are set in order to consolidate learning from that day’s lesson or for preparation for the following lesson.  The home work tasks should take around 30 minutes to complete.  This will include research activities, work sheets, design and development work or completion of class tasks.  Students will be given a D&T folder to store and transport their classwork and homework to and from school. Students are encouraged read around the subject area to support their understanding and development of subject specific vocabulary.

What can parents do to help?

  • Ask your child to explain the meaning of the subject vocabulary that is new to each module.
  • Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their D&T folder.
  • Look out for articles in newspapers or television and discuss them with your child.

Useful resources and equipment:

  • Ruler, colouring pencils, HB pencil, rubber, sharpener and compass.
  • Computer is useful for research tasks and presentation, but not essential 

Year 9

What are we studying?

Students will complete a twenty week course in Graphics comprising of one double lesson a week.  The topics covered are; Perspective drawing using both drawing boards and set squares, (technical drawing) and CAD. This enables students to consolidate and build upon their learning from skills acquired during year 7 and 8 and is used in context to represent their design ideas. We study CAD and 3D product depiction in more detail, focusing on the representation of potential ideas. We look at typography and its use within the design cycle, leading to students creating their own unique logo type to represent their new brand. The main project is based upon creating a promotional package and potentially a display area which will form part of an exhibition. The focus is centred on computer aided design to enable students to represent their ideas professionally. Students use their understanding of the underlying principles of colour to drive design when they are assembling their ideas. We study potential target markets, market trends and we briefly touch on group dynamics. We research current logos, analysing their successes with reference to how established they are, who their products would appeal to and how we determine success. The students concentrate on creating a branded packaging which is to be targeted at a specific demographic. This is undertaken using an Isometric layout at the planning stage and is then transferred to Google Sketch up. The students study the principles of marketing and advertising in order to assist them with decision making. The second project looks at the creation of a cultural restaurant menu with the focus being on layout, composition, typography, colour theory and successful design principles. The second project can focus more on the development of graphics over construction of a 3D outcome but such skills have been incorporated into both outcomes.

How are we assessed?

Classwork (practical and theory work) and homework is assessed throughout the Graphics course.  Students will be given success criteria and national curriculum level descriptors linked to the work.  For each practical and/or theory task students will be given a national curriculum level, which enables their progress to be monitored. The assessments may be carried out in lessons or set as homework.  In addition, students complete one complete Design and Make Assessment in the Graphics course, which focuses on elements of the design process. Analysis, research (gathering and using information), product design, development, manufacture and evaluation are areas of the design process that are explored through this assessment towards the end of the course

How are we grouped?

Students are in mixed ability groups in Art, Design and Technology, and are timetabled for two double lessons a week in this subject area.  The maximum class size is 23. 

What homework are we expected to do?

There will usually be one homework task set per fortnight, of which the majority are set in order to consolidate learning from that day’s lesson or for preparation for the following lesson.  The home work tasks should take around 30 minutes to complete.  This will include research activities, work sheets, design and development work or completion of class tasks.  Students will be given a D&T folder to store and transport their classwork and homework to and from school. Students are encouraged read around the subject area to support their understanding and development of subject specific vocabulary.

What can parents do to help?

  • Ask your child to explain the meaning of the subject vocabulary that is new to each module
  • Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their D&T folder
  • Look out for articles in newspapers or television and discuss them with your child

Useful resources and equipment:

  • Ruler, colouring pencils, HB pencil, rubber, sharpener and compass
  • Computer is useful for research tasks and presentation, but not essential

Years 10 and 11

AQA Art and Design, Graphics

Students will begin by broadening their skills base, by developing and experimenting with their use of media and its application. The Year 10 graphics learning program consists of two small units of work, all of which have been designed as an introduction to the course requirements. The students become familiar with the structure as well as having time to further develop the skills and knowledge which will support them in Year 11.

The Year 10 coursework is based on developing, practising and evidencing skills by enhancing the students drawing, photography and design skills. During this year students specifically learn to address the exam criteria in detail, by completing a series of mini projects which sufficiently cover each of the key assessment objectives. These projects are based upon the development of logo’s, packaging design, corporate identification and the influence of graphic design on sales and media.

We begin with a small block of work which permits students to experiment and refine their use of media to enhance design. Computer aided design plays an integral part in presentation of ideas within this module.

The second module explores the use of photography to enhance design, students will explore and develop their photography skills learning how to enhance and manipulate imagery to serve a purpose.

The third is the beginning of the students initial Year 11 assessed coursework, although elements of Year 10 work is also submitted to highlight progression. In Year 11 students complete two projects, one of which is a more independently driven coursework project centred on a visit or trip, the other will be their Year 11 exam portfolio. In Year 11 the students will learn to piece together the objectives which will enable them to create a fully researched and informed design portfolio.

Over the course of the two years students will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to graphic products and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

Activities:

By studying the work of other artists, designers and photographers, students use a variety of materials and processes including drawing, painting, collage, printing, ICT, NET design and photography.

How are we assessed?

Classwork and home learning is assessed throughout the graphics course and will form the coursework portfolio. Students will be given success criteria and GCSE grade descriptors linked to the work. For each segment of work students will be given a GCSE grade, which enables their progress to be monitored. The assessments may be carried out in lessons or set as home learning.

AQA examination board

60% coursework projects

2 major projects completed during Year 10 and Year 11

40% Exam

The course is marked out of 96, 24 marks for each objective.

Exam preparation starts in January of Year 11, the exam is completed over 10 hours on two days in April/May

Controlled assessment (GCSE)

Coursework: Worth 60% of overall qualification:

Students have approximately 40 hours to complete the coursework under controlled conditions. This will equate to about two full terms of curriculum time, but planned within single and double lessons on a flexible basis.  

Students must complete the following:

  • Coursework projects must be submitted in A3 format.
  • The coursework will start with a design brief that fits with the AQA guidelines.
  • The coursework portfolio will include all preparation work and final outcomes for their chosen topic.

Students will complete 4 objectives in full which will provide the examiner with the evidence as to how they realised their final outcomes. Each objective is worth 25%.

Objective 1 - Contextual studies - Looking at the work of others to include a contemporary graphics  designers/ artists and Photographers.

Objective 2 - Design development and exploration of media.

Objective 3 - Recording using a variety of media to include drawing, painting and photography.

Objective 4 - Final making can include:

banner designs, poster design

web page designs, wall art

illustrations for books, packaging,

promotional material, textiles and fashion design

Magazine design.

Examination (GCSE)

Worth 40% of overall qualification

Exam: The exam question is set in the January of Year 11 and allows students approximately 14 weeks to create an independently driven exam portfolio. The final assessment is conducted over two days under controlled conditions and is where the students add the finishing touches to their folder or create their  final outcome which has been realised through their exam portfolio.

  • 96 marks available
  • 24 marks for each objective, three of which are partially completed before the final 10 hours.

How are we grouped?

Students are in mixed ability groups in Graphics. The maximum class size is 24.

What home learning are we expected to do?

There will be at least one home learning task set per week, which should take around 45 minutes to       complete. This will include research activities, work sheets, design and development work, evaluation of practical work and project based activities.

What can parents do to help?

  • Ask your child to explain the meaning of the scientific vocabulary that is new to each topic.
  • Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their D&T folder.
  • Look out for articles in newspapers or television and discuss them with your child.

Useful resources and equipment:

  • Paints, including acrylic and water colours.
  • Some quality pencil crayons and pencils.
  • A camera.
  • A3 flip folders and A2 storage folder.
  • Access to a computer is desirable, but it is possible to use the ICT suite or graphics room at school during lunchtime.