Photography Curriculum Plans

Year 9 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Unit 1 Basic Camera Skills, Colour, shape and pattern

Students will learn basic camera skills including apertures, focus and all the manual camera settings which go with their cameras.  They will become familiar with the syllabus descriptors and how to make progress through these. Students will develop and enhance their practical preparation skills to create a range of photographs.

Students reflect on their practice and create a unit for their coursework portfolios.

Students respond to feedback to improve their work.

They work independently to research and practise methods and demonstrate this in their portfolios.

Portfolio work is of a high quality and demonstrates knowledge of the attainment objectives.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full mini portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

Year 9 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Continuation of Unit 1 Basic Camera Skills: focuses on Photographic theory.

Unit 2 Genres (Careers in Photography)

Students will learn basic camera skills including balancing and metering.  They will become familiar with the syllabus descriptors and how to make progress through these.  Students will develop presentation skills.  In Unit 2 students will learn about the different genres of photography and where they can specialise in career choices. Genres will range from wildlife photography to war photography.

Students reflect on their practice and create a theory unit for their coursework portfolios.

Students respond to feedback to improve their work. Students are encouraged to present work in a professional manner.

They work independently to research and practise methods and demonstrate this in their portfolios.

Portfolio work is of a high quality and demonstrates knowledge of the attainment objectives.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

Year 9 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Unit 3 Portraiture

Students will apply learnt camera skills using prior knowledge from Unit 1 (Theory) and Unit 2 (Genres).  This is the first full unit encompassing all 4 attainment objectives which students will have become familiar with. They will use the syllabus descriptors to make progress.  Students will show their understanding of portrait photography by developing a creative response to the portrait theme.

Students reflect on their practice and create a Portraiture unit for their coursework portfolios.

Students respond to feedback to improve their work. Students are encouraged to present work in a professional manner.

They work independently to research, develop and refine their own ideas and practise methods resulting in a high quality final response.

Portfolio work is of a high quality and demonstrates knowledge of the attainment objectives.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

 

Year 10 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Unit 3 Introduction to self directed study and mock exam

Students will learn about how to answer an exam question. Students will develop and enhance their practical preparation skills to create a range of photographs based on their previous units and using Serif to enhance their work. They will also reflect on their practice and create another unit for their coursework portfolios.

Students’ portfolios consist of high quality observational photographs, in depth analysis of a variety of artists and show sound development and refinement skills using Serif on a theme based on the other units.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full mini portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

Year 10 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Unit 3 Digital Painting

 

Unit 4 Fragments (Mock exam)

Digital Painting is a very small unit which is designed to build on Photoshop techniques, but will use photography with digital paint programmes.  Students learn how to effectively apply skills to promote experimentation of materials.  In Unit 4 students have an opportunity to work within an exam timeframe.  The mock exam will be used to boost portfolio work for component 1.

Students will show their understanding of all the attainment objectives; they will demonstrate in depth analysis of a variety of photographers and will also show sound development and refinement skills.  By now students should be confident with the creative process and will know what higher levels of work look like.  Visual examples supplied by the exam board will always be made available to students and discussed why and how improvements in the personal portfolio can be made.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.  Feedback and a mock exam will give chance for portfolio improvement.

Year 10 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Fragments

Students will learn how to answer an exam question in the true allotted time under the theme of Fragments. Students will develop and enhance their practical preparation skills to create a range of original final pieces. They will also reflect on their practise and create another unit for their coursework portfolio. 

Students will show their understanding of all the attainment objectives with high quality observational studies, in depth analysis of a variety of photographers and will also show sound development and refinement skills on the theme of Fragments. Mock exam result showing progress.  This should be the strongest unit.

Students will be given a mock exam. Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full portfolio unit.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

 

Year 11 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Final refinement of coursework portfolio

Students will be supported and challenged to move from a position of dependence to independence.  They will respond to their selected choice in any appropriate photography-based context.

Students make a meaningful and personal response as they move from initial engagement with sources and ideas to the realisation of intentions, taking account of the requirements of the assessment objectives.

Students take increasing responsibility for the development and direction of their creative journey in preparation of their coursework.

Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 as a full portfolio of work.  Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.

Year 11 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component 2

Externally Set Exam Paper (Theme TBC from Pearson Exam board)

Students will be given 12 weeks to prepare for a 10 hr exam.  In the 12 weeks students will cover AO1, AO2 and AO3.  In the 10 hr exam students will produce their final outcome AO4.

Students should ensure they show a range of techniques and a creative journey which flows through the theme provided by the exam board.  Recording and observation should be based on research and inspiration from photographers.  Their final outcome or response will be an original piece of work.

Students should aim to produce a high quality response to the exam question to the best of their ability.  The sketchbook preparation will be creative with high quality recording. Ideas will be thoroughly developed through photographic research.  Levelled visual references from the exam board will be available for use and revision booklets will also be available to ensure students maintain high standards.

Final exam (Externally set component 2) and Portfolio (Component 1) will be assessed as a group and with an external moderator.  Assessing will be completed under AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4.  These are Key skills are presentation, recording of ideas, development, refinement and experimentation and lastly a final outcome.  Marks to be sent to the exam board.