|Key Stage 3|
At Key Stage 3 students work on developing key art skills such as drawing and painting over two years. They also get the opportunity to explore printing and working in 3D. Students work in an A4 sketchbook and produce supporting studies on A3 paper relating to a theme. Homework is often contextual research and observational drawing practice.
|Key Stage 4|
Key Stage 4 is where students get more opportunity to work independently, to a theme that is set both by the teachers and the Edexcel exam board. The main objectives for students to meet are based around artist studies, experimenting with materials, observation work and producing large scale final pieces of artwork. Students will produce 3 projects over the 3-year course and the course culminates with a 2-day practical exam in year 11. The art department likes to celebrate the success of the students by having an annual exhibition usually held in the main school hall.
GCSE students are invited to attend the Art Café every Tuesday after school where they are given the opportunity to mix with other GCSE students across all of the Art endorsements and share ideas and work on their projects, whilst enjoying tea and biscuits!
See what students are creating in the Art, Textiles and Photography departments on our SHS Instagram site.
Considering a career in art and want to find out more click on any of the following:
|Animator||Stained Glass Artist||Architect|
|Graphic Designer||Medical Model Maker||Photographer|
|Curator||Fashion Accessories Designer||Illustrator|
|Examination Board: Edexel|
|Key Stage 5|
A massive thank you to all our parents and carers for your feedback on how remote learning is going!
As we all learn more about how we can work together while apart, we will continue to refine what we do and get better at it. We will continue to contact you about how your child is doing and keep you informed of how best they can be helped. Stay safe.
There’s nothing ‘remote’ about learning at SHS!
Everything about the Covid crisis has been about distance. We must be physically apart, we might find ourselves emotionally apart and we have been compelled to be educationally apart.
Recent press headlines and discussions have focused on the difficulties of engaging students without in-person contact. Some press reports have used ‘statistics’ gathered in dubious ways to talk about the percentages of students who are actually working remotely. Indeed, a recent study by UCL has suggested that 20% of students have done ‘little or no school work’ since lockdown.
Whatever the alleged ‘national picture’ of student engagement in distanced learning, the crucial question that has emerged is: how do we engage learners when we are not together physically? It’s a complicated question and, as with most issues, there isn’t one solution, one style, or one computer program for increasing learner engagement and motivation. But the answer, as with many things educational, seems to be what many of us call ‘common sense’!
Research seems to say that ‘online’ teachers need to combine multiple strategies to reach learners and, unsurprisingly, they must be behavioural, cognitive and emotional. In short, teachers must set a variety of work. They must reply and feedback early and often; building relationships. There must be regular, simple parental feedback so that the carer knows what work is actually being submitted. There must be a caring ear and a personal call for students and parents.
Here, at Sheringham High and Sixth, we set work which can be done independently and in REAL households with all their individual restrictions such as connectivity issues and multiple use computers. We mark and feed back quickly. We track students fortnightly. Student managers and tutors ring home personally!
So, let me share our actual statistics since the closure on March 23rd at Sheringham High given that 20% of students nationally seem not to have been engaged by their staff. On average, each of our students has completed 73% of the work set on time. Only 0.4% of students has completed no work since lockdown. Over one third of all our Year 7,8,9 and 10 students has submitted over 90% of their work on time. A quarter has done ALL work set! Since March 23rd, our students have watched 7033 podcasts on our GCSE Pod portal; usage doubling since last year. Between March and June, 3079 individual pieces of work have been set by our staff for Years 7-10 and 435 for Year 12. Over half of our sixth form students has completed 100% of the work set.
If we believe what we are told about national statistics and the etymology of the word ‘remote’(to ‘push away’) what we have at Sheringham High and Sixth is an engaged, embraced learning community which is working well and bucking the national trend! Well done to students, parents, carers and staff!Stay safe!