Photography

Our Photography curriculum is designed to offer exciting and stimulating opportunities to create, design and explore, differentiated to meet the needs of all our learners. At the heart of this is the teaching of core skills, knowledge, concepts and values, which are a spiralled and recurring across all Years. Equally important is the development of inter-personal skills that will contribute to the development of happy, well-rounded students who can thrive. We aim to build on prior learning with the aim of developing responsible, independent and confident photographers (RIC) who can adapt and apply their skills within a range of situations and disciplines. This gives students the best opportunity to develop a genuine love of the subject, as well as being able to showcase their talent and develop their skills. As well as a stimulating class-based learning environment, we aim to offer our students a rich and diverse extra-curricular programme.  

 

Gold Standard Teaching and Learning 

Goal Orientated (Planning for Progress) 

  • Students are expected to make excellent progress, mapping their own journey of development using assessment maps. 
  • Students understand the Big Picture, what they are learning and why: links to prior learning are made clear. 
  • Clearly identified links to Personal Development (RIC) will enrich the character of our students, developing well-rounded, confident young people 
  • Highly effective questioning and teacher intervention is used to identify and address misconceptions, with Formative and Summative Assessment used to diagnose and inform next steps. 

 

Open dialogue (Feedback for improvement) 

  • High quality feedback is given in response to specific pieces of work.  
  • Highly effective questioning and teacher intervention to identify and address misconceptions. 
  • Students will master effective self and peer-assessment using ‘What?Why?What?’ assessment tool, sharing and modelling good practice, and using this to direct their ‘next steps’ along their learning journey 
  • DIRT time will be provided, giving the students time to upgrade their work and to begin taking those ‘next steps’ 

 

Learning Environment 

  • Students will be encouraged to respect their learning environment, the photography materials they use and their fellow students and teachers, fostering a supportive atmosphere of mutual respect 
  • Effort and resilience will be encouraged, providing opportunities for students to speculate, investigate, and make mistakes. 

 

Differentiation for Challenge and support 

  • Targeted challenge will be used to stretch all students regardless of ability, and Teachers will provide additional support and challenge where it is needed 

 

Key Stage 3 Overview 

Photography is offered as an option Subject from Year 9 onwards. Students are offered the opportunity to experiment with cameras within the Key Stage 3 Art curriculum. 

Key Stage 4 Overview 

Year 9 

When  What we are Assessing 

e.g. Skills, practical awareness.  

How we are Assessing 

e.g. Exam assessment objectives (AO1, 2, 3 and 4) 

Autumn 1  Composition- Project submission 

Base line project- Develop, Refine, Record,   

Project- Quality of photography, research and sketchbook submission.  
Autumn 2  Black and White Project submission – basic edits using the computer and quality of photography.   Sketchbook submission- Quality of photography, Editing and sketchbook submission.  
Spring 1  Digital Editing project. PLC Teaching for Exam 1 – CW Starting point delivered to students. Assessment Objectives 2 is the main focus.  

 

PLC (feedback map process embedded)  

Sketchbook submission.  

AO1 Title page, mind map, mood board, artists/ contextual sources reference pages.  

AO2 Refine Developing work using a computer editing programme. 

AO3 Record quality of Photographs and edited photos.  

Spring 2  3D project (physical manipulation)  

Assessment Objectives 2 (Explore) is the main focus  

Students will create a digital sketchbook and a final submission that is 3 Dimensional.  

 

Practical constructed work.  

AO1 Title page, mind map, mood board, artists reference pages.  

AO2 Quality of made objects/ physical Edits.  

AO3 Record quality of Photographs and insights.  

Summer 1  Macro Photography project (Skills)  

Assessment Objectives 3 (photographs) is the main focus. Gained skills in A02 will be to be used to enhance photographs.  

Students will create a digital sketchbook and a final submission of 6 images.  

 

 

AO1 Artists research. 

AO2 Refine Developing work using materials techniques and processes including analysis.  

AO3 Record quality of Photographs (macro) 

AO4 Sketchbook submission 

 

Summer 2  Sketchbook Project (AO4) 

PPE Assessment map AO1 focus 4weeks  

Self-directed project 5 starting points– Assessment Objectives 1, 2, 3 are main focus  

AO4 Present final sketchbook.  

 

PLC (feedback map process embedded)  

AO1 Practical/ Written analysis   

Knowledge, Analysis elements  

 

Year 10 

When  What we are Assessing 

e.g. Topics/ Skills etc  

How we are Assessing 

e.g. Extended writing, Project, exam etc  

Autumn 1  AO1 High quality artist’s response. Personal response. 

Refine/ Application links to AO2 – Refine materials Photoshop skills.   

AO1 Artists and contextual research. 

Analysis of artist’s work.    

A03 Students response to artists work through photography. 

AO4 Artists research submission  

Autumn 2  AO2 Assessment Task Independent – Refine using Artists influence.   Assessment Objective evidence – Practical assessed against Mark Scheme  
Spring 1  Contextualise project. Advert, Clothing, product 

AO2 Refine. 

AO4 Sketchbook construction 

Assessment Objective evidence – Practical assessed against Mark Scheme  
Spring 2  Costume and Character 

AO1 Artists research 

AO2 Edits 

AO3 Record  2 hour assessments   

Ao4 sketchbook submission will be used to define the grade with a mark out of 30 for each assessment objective.  
Summer 1  Exam 1 Starting points set full project   

AO1, 2, 3  

Assessment Objective evidence – Practical assessed against Mark Scheme AO1, AO2, AO3  
Summer 2  Exam 1 Starting points set full project   

AO1, 2, 3, 4  – 10 hour Exam as part of PPE1 for Y10  

Assessment Objective evidence – Practical assessed against Mark Scheme AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4  

 

Year 11 

When  What we are Assessing 

e.g. Topics/ Skills etc  

How we are Assessing 

e.g. Extended writing, Project, exam etc  

Autumn 1  Exam 2 – CW Starting point delivered to students as directed by the exam board. Assessment Objectives 1, and 3 are main focus   Practical/ Written analysis   

AO1 Title page, mind map, mood board, artists reference pages.  

AO3 Record quality of photographs and insights.  

Autumn 2  Exam 2   – Assessment Objectives 2, 3 are main focus bringing together all taught skills.  

AO4 Present  

AO2 Refine Developing work using materials techniques and processes including analysis.  

AO3 Record quality of photographs and insights  

10 hr Controlled assessment  

Spring 1  Exam 3 – Exam staring points set by the exam board.  Starting point delivered to students. Assessment Objectives 1, 3 are main focus   Practical/ Written analysis   

AO1 Title page, mind map, mood board, artists reference pages.  

AO3 Record quality of Photography and insights.  

Spring 2  Exam 3 – Assessment Objectives 2, 3 are main focus  

AO4 Present  

AO2 Refine Developing work using materials techniques and processes including analysis.  

AO3 Record quality of Photography and insights  

10 hr Controlled assessment  

Summer 1  DIRT Review of  EXAM 1 /2     

 

Key Stage 4 Examination Overview 

Exam Board Details OCR  

Qualification Details GCSE Photography Portfolio and Set Task  

 

What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child? 

At Clayton we have a suite of digital SLR cameras and computers for students to use so purchasing expensive equipment is not necessary. We do advise that students buy their own SD card and SD card reader to aid them in their lessons. 

 

What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use? 

All Course information can be found at www.OCR.com under art and design. 

Editing software www.Pixlr.com  

Storage/ Filing Office 365 and One Drive 

Techniques- You tube ‘how to’ Videos 

Research- www.Pinterest.com 

 

What can I do to encourage my child to take further interest in Photography? 

Take a camera with you wherever you go and encourage your son/ daughter to take photographs. 

 

What after school or other extracurricular activities are available in Photography and when are they? 

Monday GCSE catch-up intervention room 5 

 

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