It’s vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, helps to maintain wellbeing and inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.

Create is a bespoke Arts Curriculum for Year 7 which enables students to explore the Arts and Culture through Art, Photography, Music and Textiles.

Each term will have a specific theme – Popular, Classical and Traditional, with each subject area working on collaborative projects which link topics across all of the learning areas.

The aim of the curriculum is to use the Arts and Arts teaching to inspire, build confidence and skills which Year 7 can build upon and use across all subject areas. The curriculum is underpinned by the 7 core Arts Mark strands, offering students an authentic, unique and personalised experience to develop rounded and life long learning. Culture, Creativity, Heritage and external opportunities are all at the heart of this curriculum model.

Visits and opportunities to work with practitioners will be woven into the curriculum content.

Key Stage 3

Students will be offered 2 lessons of Art, 2 lessons of Music and 2 lessons of Textiles under the current Create Curriculum. Working to thematic topics students in Year 7 will undertake project work in each area, before celebrating each collective work at the end of the term.

All students in Year 7 will be entered for Arts Award Explore.

For Years 8 & 9, students will do a more subject specific course, still linked to their experiences in Create, but building a portfolio of work across the four areas to support their Arts Award Bronze.


Assessment will be through the standard KS3 model of assessment.

Arts Award Explore is an Entry Level (Entry 3) qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is designed for ages 7 and above, but is open to children and young people aged up to 25.

To achieve an Arts Award Explore, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of:

  • taking part in a range of arts activities, including a personal response about what has inspired them about taking part

  • the work of artists or craftspeople and arts organisations

  • creating a piece of art work

  • sharing with others what they have enjoyed and/or achieved through completing their Arts Award

Examination Boards

Arts Award Explore: Entry Level Award in the Arts (Entry 3) – Qualification number: 600/3894/9

25 guided learning hours + 10 independent learning hours = 35 hours total qualification time (TQT)

Resources to Support Learning

Careers Links

Students may wish to continue their Arts Award practise to become Arts practitioners and leaders themselves.

Subject Staff

Mrs R. Brown

Mr R. Hay

Miss J. Hynes

Mrs C. Moorhead

Mr J. Ridley

Mrs S. Cochrane

Ms L. Ion

Miss J. Kidd