We have recently started a new GCSE Scheme of Work, and since it is the first time teaching it, I thought I would share the progress of students in a series of posts.
The theme of the GCSE project is The Blue Planet, and I have asked students to start their research (assessment objective 1 / AO1) and present it however they choose. We are currently using the AQA exam board.
With the theme, we guided students to focus on textures and patterns of things related to the BBC series The Blue Planet. This seemed like a good starting point, and once students understood that we are not looking for ‘fish’ etc, but things more like textures and pattern, they were really engaged.
I am teaching a group of 27 Y10 students and they could work in sketchbooks or on design sheets, and they have all chosen to use design sheets of varying sizes. Some have said they want to create a book at the end of the project, which is really exciting. Here are some of their first sheets, they’ve been working hard on them since January:
I am extremely pleased with the results so far and can’t wait to see where my students go with this project. Students have all made an individual response, thinking carefully about their background colours, their titles, the presentation of their research and how they add annotation. They have helped each other with ideas and shared new skills, as well as working very independently.
If you are interested in teaching this GCSE Art and Design Scheme of Work, the first part is now available on tes.co.uk for free!
What do you think of the work? How do you engage students at the start of a project? How do you manage students who are working at different speeds and in different media? Let me know in the comments.