At KS3 we aim to enable students to develop their thinking skills and their practical skills, through problem solving in a range of techniques and processes used by professional photographers.
The course involves a distinctive creative process that combines intellectual with practical skills through purposeful activities. Students will use a range of communication skills, including: verbal, graphical and digital editing skills, to help their thinking and ability to take action in the process of planning and presenting work professionally. Students learn through both theoretical and practical activity.
At KS3, Year 7 and 8 students partake in a half termly cycle where they explore a range of creative subjects. During the cycle, students will develop their skills and experience with a range of techniques and processes, through mini projects and practical tasks. This subject has been designed to cater for a range of learning styles, offering a more practical exploration of materials and ideas. Students will develop outcomes inspired by artists and designers who explore a range of styles, topics and themes.
Our curriculum has been planned and organised in a way that creates consistency across all creative specialisms. Topics in art will link to topics being taught in 3D Art and Photography. Assessments have been planned to reflect this also. As a team, we have decided that it would be more effective for the four GCSE assessment objectives to become the framework across all creative subject areas, topics and Key Stages. For example; Y8 students learn about buildings and architecture in art. They study the work of Gaudi and learn to develop their fine art drawing and painting skills. In photography, they will look at the work of photographers and digital artists to developing a more in-depth understanding of how to photograph architecture and structures using the key elements and techniques used in photography. Students are assessed on the same four objectives but these are applied to the media, process and development of ideas as well as the final outcomes. This approach ensures students have a clear understanding of the assessment objectives; as staff we can model this and ensure students are prepared for when they choose their GCSE options.
Photography allows students to develop creative ideas and refine their work as it progresses, experimenting and evaluating to produce the best possible outcomes. Students will present a personal response to a range of exciting project briefs.
Photography has enthused many students, giving them the opportunity of exploring art through a different medium and outlet. Students study the principles of photography, learning how good quality and iconic photographs have been produced in media, advertising and documentary by exploring the work of professionals. We are keen to extend our students’ knowledge and experience with using iPads to take, enhance and manipulate photographs. Students have the chance to work with professional lighting, back drops, filters and lenses to help them achieve the best possible photographs for their chosen project theme.
All practical projects, subjects and topics have been designed to offer experience and development of a range of life skills we would like our students to have. As a department, we ensure all students feel cared for, are safe and have a sense of belonging. We encourage individuality and independence, planning projects that give students the chance to express themselves. We teach students the importance of health and safety with a range of tools, equipment, as well as key elements that will support their understanding throughout KS3 and KS4.
Mrs J Steele – Subject teacher
Miss H Morrey – Subject Leader for Art and Design
Miss B Peake – Lead Teacher for Engineering