Photography Key Stage 4

Covid Recovery Statement

During lockdown your child was offered weekly Photography on-line lessons where we continued to teach the first assessment criteria, this assessment point focuses on developing ideas for a purpose and demonstrating cultural understanding. We also switched from using manual cameras to exploring photography techniques on mobile phones and specialist apps. If your child engaged with tasks set and live lessons offered, our educational offering should have helped to reduce what would have been missed in the classroom.

On returning to in school, lessons have been about engaging your child through practical lessons and reignite their love for learning. We are doing this by setting up a range of different photo shoots, teaching website techniques and developing their Photoshop skills.

We know your child will have some gaps from missing in school teaching during COVID lockdown, but we have made sure our curriculum addresses these as a priority. Our lessons are differentiated to ensure your child accesses the work that is suited to their current level and to help fill any gaps. We have done this by asking students to now do their written work on their goggle document, this allows the teacher to give individual feedback and add supporting material, both in lesson and working remotely.

We are using continuing to use self and peer assessment to enable your child to more confidently assess their own strengths and areas for development to empower them to take control of their learning. We will be setting homework to consolidate learning and enhance skills taught in class.

How can I support my child?

  • > Ensure they complete all homework tasks, this will be for Year 10 a project based on food and for Year 11 written analyses
  • > Use their mobile phone cameras to collect images based on theme set by the teacher
  • > Contact us – we are available to contact via email – just ask, we are more than happy to help

Useful links:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zgwpnbk/revision/1

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/subject-content/photography

https://www.studentartguide.com/articles/creative-photography-ideas

KS4 students follow a curriculum that leads to a GCSE qualification in Lens Based Media Topics covered in year 10 cover all the mastery skills in Photography and also students work through four assessment objectives required to complete for the GSCE.

Year 10 and 11 Art pupils complete the AQA Lens Based Media curriculum over a period of two years and are usually required to sit an externally set exam for 10hrs. However, AQA has advised schools that for 2021, students will complete Component 1 (GCSE Portfolio of work)) only. This means that students won’t need to start or complete Component 2, and the exam papers for 2021 will not be released on e-AQA in January (GCSE)

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KS4 students follow a curriculum that leads to a GCSE qualification in Lens Based Media

Year 10 and 11 Art pupils complete the AQA Lens Based Media curriculum over a period of two years and are also required to sit an externally set exam for 10hrs. Topics covered in year 10 cover all the mastery skills in Photography and also students work through four assessment objectives required to complete for the GSCE.

Year 10

Year 10 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Foundation course in camera techniquesPupils start to develop their knowledge of different camera settings and the Exposure Triangle, shutter speed, aperture and iso. They learn how to build and publish their own photography website and start to build up a portfolio of images. During this term they will go on a field trip to the Lake District to build up a portfolio of images.
Term 2Texture Pupils develop their first project around the theme of 'Texture'. They learn how to apply their knowledge of using the manual settings on the DSLR cameras to take professional photographs. They develop their knowledge and skills on how to analyse an image, using the four main components to help structure their writing, making sure that their research links to their own outcomes. They will start to learn Photoshop skills to help refine their images, which leads to a final portfolio of work with a full evaluation that demonstrates their understanding of the 4 assessment course criteria.
Term 3Light and Dark or FramingPupils will have the opportunity to develop their Photoshop skills with the theme of Light and Dark or Framing. They will continue to develop their research and camera techniques and create a final portfolio of images. During this term they will be take on an educational trip to Manchester to gain a set of urban images.

 

Year 11

Year 11 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1LandscapesPupils will create their final piece of coursework based around the images from Anglesey and London. They will demonstrate their understanding of research, analyses, camera techniques, analyses, refining ideas and a final portfolio of work
Term 2Externally set exam PreparationStudents work on producing work based on the four assessment objectives by answering on of the set questions from the exam paper.
AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
Term 3Complete portfolio of workAO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language