KS3 Subject Intent

Photography at KS3 is designed to be an inclusive and engaging opportunity to develop confidence, resilience and expression. As with Art, investigating, developing, recording and presenting are key. Students are first introduced to these disciplines within the context of Photography in year 7 as part of the Creative Arts rotation.

Within the rotation time frame, students develop, practice and demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge and skills in an artistic, meaningful and critical way. The KS3 scheme of work intends to spark curiosity with a taste of the cultural, historical and contemporary importance of Photography.

Learning is brought to life through the combination of discussion, demonstration and exposure to relevant equipment, artists and artwork. Depth is added to the creative experience through the acquisition of skills through exposure to techniques and skills including Photoshop CS6, layering, masking and animation.

Regardless of whether students go on to choose Photography at KS4, the department intends to prepare students with transferable skills such as confidence, communication, imagination and the ability to take on and respond to constructive criticism.

KS4 Subject Intent

At KS4 students will be able to personalise their creative experience with the choice of Art, Textiles or Photography.

In Photography lessons, students will build upon their enjoyment and passion for creativity gaining access to specialist equipment and facilities.

Existing knowledge and skills from KS3 will be built upon with students introduced to the requirements of sustained personal projects and portfolios. In addition, students have increased freedom to discover and source their own cultural and artistic links.

Critical analysis of these artists and designers allows students to develop and refine their own creative practice influencing their planning, designing and thinking.

Independence and resilience are developed through exposure to techniques, media and equipment as students are asked to experiment and record in a personal and imaginative way. The KS4 Photography curriculum aims to inspire our young photographers to think outside the box and equip their future selves with imagination and creativity.

Curriculum Implementation