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Photography Curriculum Plan

SUBJECT:  Photography 

 

CURRICULUM PLAN 

 

Photography Overview: 

Students are introduced to the basic elements of photography and the use of a DSLR camera from year 10 if they choose the GCSE. Students undertake a variety of projects, aimed to focus on specific photography skills, with the aim that they are then ready to be led into more conceptual and personal projects. 

 

 

SUBJECT KEY CONCEPTS / COMPOSITES 

 

Key Stage 4 Photography 

Light writing, still life, focus, lighting, hard light, soft light, high key lighting, low key lighting, portraiture, monochromatic photography, ISO, Aperture, shutter speed, exposure, depth of field, collage, experimentation, development, composition,  

 

CURRICULUM PLAN: KEY STAGE 4 PHOTOGRAPHY 

 

Year 10 

Year 11 

Knowledge 

Pupils will know: 

  • ISO 

  • Aperture 

  • Shutter speed 

  • Still life 

  • Composition 

  • Light writing 

  • DSLR basics 

  • Editing on Adobe Photoshop 

  • Sketchbook presentation 

  • Analysis 

  • Evaluation 

  • Famous photographers for each topic 

 

We have chosen to teach this knowledge because it gives them a broad basis of knowledge for the course. The above skills can be used across the board and can be reused throughout the whole course. 

Pupils will know: 

  • Portraiture techniques 

  • Development of ideas through manual experimentation 

  • Manipulation of photographs 

  • How to respond to a GCSE theme 

  • How to deal with preparing for a mock exam 

 

 

 

 

 

We have chosen to teach this knowledge because they are now to use the skills they learnt and apply them to Portraiture, however this time they are going to be focusing on the manipulation of portraits. 

They will also need to be prepared for their 10 hour exam at the end of the course. 

Skills 

Pupils will be able to: 

  • Analyse 

  • Evaluate 

  • Plan 

  • Compose 

  • Edit 

  • Take photographs 

  • Create personal responses to topics and themes 

  • Develop ideas 

  • Experiment with appropriate techniques 

Pupils will be able to: 

  • Analyse 

  • Evaluate 

  • Plan 

  • Compose 

  • Edit 

  • Take photographs 

  • Create personal responses to topics and themes 

  • Develop ideas 

  • Experiment with appropriate techniques 

Cultural Capital 

Pupils will all have been exposed to [the ideas of/the texts/the concepts/the composites]: 

  • Different styles of photography 

  • The reasons why photographers do what they do 

  • Equipment they would never have used before 

  • Work based on concepts, opinions and emotions 

 

Students will be choosing the own themes to research and base their work upon, therefore aside from general art history conversations and starter activities, each student will be accessing different things. 

This will enhance cultural capital because it is personalised, and they will be researching and looking into topics, themes and styles that otherwise they wouldn’t ever come across or need to discuss. 

 

Assessment: 
Formative – classwork and homework. 

Summative – end of cycle assessments and end of year examination. 

Pupils will have been assessed on: 

  • The AQA Art and Design assessment criteria for the exam.  

 

By twice a cycle, full project marking against the criteria. 

 

Pupils will have been assessed on: 

  • The AQA Art and Design assessment criteria for the exam.  

 

By twice a cycle, full project marking against the criteria. 

 

 

YEAR GROUP PLANS 

Year 10 PHOTOGRAPHY 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will know: 

  • ISO 

  • Aperture 

  • Still life 

  • Composition 

  • DSLR basics 

  • Editing on Adobe Photoshop 

  • Sketchbook presentation 

  • Analysis 

  • Evaluation 

  • Famous photographers for each topic 

 

Pupils will be able to: 

  • Analyse 

  • Evaluate 

  • Plan 

  • Compose 

  • Edit 

  • Take photographs 

  • Create personal responses to topics and themes 

  • Develop ideas 

  • Experiment with appropriate techniques 

  • Present a sketchbook in an appealing way 

 

Pupils will all have been exposed to [the ideas of/the texts/the concepts/ the composites]: 

  • Still life photography 

  • Visual Elements of photography 

  • Different styles of photography 

  • The reasons why photographers do what they do 

  • Equipment they would never have used before 

  • Work based on concepts, opinions and emotions 

 

Pupils will have been assessed on the work so far using AQA marking criteria and 9-1 grades. Pupils will have been assessed on their overall projects by using the exam criteria Assessment Objectives out of 96. 

 

Continuation on Still life project from Cycle 1. 

 

Half way through, they will be introduced to Light writing and Shutter Speed. 

 

Pupils will know: 

  • Shutter speed 

  • Light writing 

  • DSLR basics 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will be able to: 

  • Analyse 

  • Evaluate 

  • Plan 

  • Compose 

  • Edit 

  • Take photographs 

  • Create personal responses to topics and themes 

  • Develop ideas 

  • Experiment with appropriate techniques 

 

Pupils will all have been exposed to [the ideas of/the texts/the concepts/ the composites]: 

How moving light can be caught on camera 

The different elements that can affect the outcome of such a photograph. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will have been assessed on the work so far using AQA marking criteria and 9-1 grades. 

Pupils will have been assessed on their overall projects by using the exam criteria Assessment Objectives out of 96. 

Continuation of cycle 2 project. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will know: 

  • Shutter speed 

  • Light writing 

  • DSLR basics 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will be able to: 

  • Analyse 

  • Evaluate 

  • Plan 

  • Compose 

  • Edit 

  • Take photographs 

  • Create personal responses to topics and themes 

  • Develop ideas 

  • Experiment with appropriate techniques 

 

Pupils will all have been exposed to [the ideas of/the texts/the concepts/ the composites]: 

How moving light can be caught on camera 

The different elements that can affect the outcome of such a photograph  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will have been assessed on the work so far using AQA marking criteria and 9-1 grades. 

Pupils will have been assessed on their overall projects by using the exam criteria Assessment Objectives out of 96. 

New project taken into the summer and into the beginning of September. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will know: 

Viewpoints photographers 

Photographers who take photographs from interesting viewpoints 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will be able to: 

Experiment confidently with their cameras and camera phones to take photographs as an accurate response to the theme.  

They will be able to respond personally and originally to the theme. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will all have been exposed to [the ideas of/the texts/the concepts/ the composites]: 

Photographers revolutionising composition using varied viewpoints 

The reasons why photographers would do such things. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will have been assessed on the work so far using AQA marking criteria and 9-1 grades. 

Pupils will have been assessed on their overall projects by using the exam criteria Assessment Objectives out of 96. 

 

Literacy 

Key terms: 

Listed above  

 

Reading opportunities: 

Continuous research, analysis and evaluation 

Literacy 

Key terms: 

Listed above 

 

Reading opportunities: 

Continuous research, analysis and evaluation 

Literacy 

Key terms: 

Listed above 

 

Reading opportunities: 

Continuous research, analysis and evaluation 

Literacy 

Key terms: 

Listed above 

 

Reading opportunities: 

Continuous research, analysis and evaluation 

 

Connections 

Science: diagrams, planning for experiments 

Connections 

Science: Physics – light and movement of light.  

 

Connections 

 

 

Learning at home 

Consolidation of learning will take place at home by completing their coursework for at least an hour a week at home, depending on what work they personally need to do. 

 

Learning at home 

Consolidation of learning will take place at home by completing their coursework for at least an hour a week at home, depending on what work they personally need to do. 

Learning at home 

Consolidation of learning will take place at home by completing their coursework for at least an hour a week at home, depending on what work they personally need to do. 

Learning at home 

Consolidation of learning will take place at home by completing their coursework for at least an hour a week at home, depending on what work they personally need to do. 

 

Sequencing: 

We have chosen this method of sequencing in Year 10 because we will cover the main photographic elements within the first cycle, exploring lots of different techniques within the first few cycles. 

It builds on the work done in Year 9 Art by building on the freedom they were introduced to when creating a GCSE style project, and working on knowledge they already have of photography.  

It leads to the work that will be done in Year 11 by introducing them to the idea of development, experimentation and the planning and creation of original ideas that they will encounter in their exam. 

 

YEAR GROUP PLANS 

Year 11 PHOTOGRAPHY 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Pupils will know: 

  • Portraiture techniques 

  • Development of ideas through manual experimentation 

  • Manipulation of photographs 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will be able to: 

  • Take photographs 

  • Create personal responses to topics and themes 

  • Develop ideas 

  • Experiment with appropriate techniques 

  • Manipulate their photographs in different ways. 

 

Pupils will all have been exposed to [the ideas of/the texts/the concepts/ the composites]: 

Mental health 

Personality 

Emotion 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will have been assessed on the work so far using AQA marking criteria and 9-1 grades. 

Pupils will have been assessed on their overall projects by using the exam criteria Assessment Objectives out of 96. 

Pupils will know: 

  • Portraiture techniques 

  • Development of ideas through manual experimentation 

  • Manipulation of photographs 

As of January 1st, they are given the exam paper with other topics therefore they will learn: 

  • How to respond to a GCSE theme 

  • How to deal with preparing for a mock exam 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will all have been exposed to [the ideas of/the texts/the concepts/ the composites]: 

Students will be choosing the own themes to research and base their work upon, therefore aside from general art history conversations and starter activities, each student will be accessing different things. 

 

Pupils will have been assessed on the work so far using AQA marking criteria and 9-1 grades. 

Pupils will have been assessed on their overall projects by using the exam criteria Assessment Objectives out of 96. 

Cycle 3 is where students will complete their exam projects and have their 10 hour final exam.

 

During this time students must demonstrate all skills practised so far, as well as demonstrating innovative, experimental and meaningful responses. 

 

This will enhance cultural capital because it is personalised, and they will be researching and looking into topics, themes and styles that otherwise they wouldn’t ever come across or need to discuss. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will have been assessed on their overall project by using the exam criteria Assessment Objectives out of 96. This forms 40% oof their GCSE mark 

Pupils will know: 

Improvements needed to be made to their coursework 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pupils will be able to: 

React on feedback given and complete last minute improvements on coursework unit before 31st May. 

 

Literacy 

Key terms: 

Same terms used throughout. 

 

Reading opportunities: 

Continuous research, analysis and evaluation 

 

Literacy 

Key terms: 

Same terms used throughout. 

 

Reading opportunities: 

Continuous research, analysis and evaluation 

 

Literacy 

Key terms: 

Same terms used throughout. 

 

Reading opportunities: 

Continuous research, analysis and evaluation 

Literacy 

Key terms: 

Same terms used throughout. 

 

Reading opportunities: 

Continuous research, analysis and evaluation 

 

Connections 

We have identified these connections to other subject areas: 

RSE: Mental health, wellbeing, emoitions, depression, anxiety. 

Depiction of people in the media. 

Connections 

We have identified these connections to other subject areas: 

RSE: Mental health, wellbeing, emoitions, depression, anxiety.  

 

 

Learning at home 

Consolidation of learning will take place at home by completing their coursework for at least an hour a week at home, depending on what work they personally need to do. 

Learning at home 

Consolidation of learning will take place at home by completing their coursework for at least an hour a week at home, depending on what work they personally need to do. 

Learning at home 

Consolidation of learning will take place at home by completing exam plans at home during this time. 

Learning at home 

Consolidation of learning will take place at home by… 

Sequencing 

We have chosen this method of sequencing in Year 11 because their course is now built around the PPE and Final Exam. They will be taught to plan ahead, work towards, and investigate a topic of their choice to culminate in a final piece which will be created in the 10 Hour exam.  

It builds on the work done in Year 10 by using all of those skills learnt and giving them the tools to choose their best skills and display their most successful techniques. 

 

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