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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Year 10 

Curriculum Intention:

Students begin the photography course with vastly different experiences and backgrounds to the subject. Over time we hope to introduce a photography club and some small KS3 schemes with photographic elements to reduce the amount of students starting the course with little to no photographic knowledge. Due to the diverse range of subject needs, photography is started off with a ‘skills drill’ term, where there is very little investigation of artists and photographers and where there is this is entirely lead, and students work primarily to build their practical subject knowledge. Students are then set a title, which builds on their skills related work and work until HT5 to build a mini unit of work which satisfies all assessment objectives. Students start their Unit 1: Coursework a half term earlier than the Graphics and Art students, to allow them to fully explore the contextual relevance of their topic, as complexity of ideas is key, relying less on visual development.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Practical Skills Workshop

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Photographer/artist copy and responses

‘Conceal and Reveal’

20th April – 18th May

Start Unit 1: ‘similarities/differences’.

Note: earlier CW project start date than art/graphics.

Image collection

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Practical Skills Workshop

24th Feb – 30th March

Development and final outcome.

‘Conceal and Reveal’

1st June – 13th July

Photographer copies and responses

‘similarities/differences’.

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Skills: This is one of the main areas of focus at this point of the project. A range of skills will be developed and improved so that the students start to understand their strengths

Understanding: Students will understand how different photographers and artists have developed their work and analyse why these choices were made

Creativity: At this stage the main creativity will be within the inspiration of other photographers and artists, looking at how to use one inspiration and make it more personal.

Employability skills:

Students develop fundamental creative skills, build resilience and create a portfolio of work to satisfy a brief.

Many students are asked to demonstrate their skills contributing items for More News and recording sports events and fixtures.

Year 11 

Curriculum Intention:

From term 3 in Year 10, schemes of learning are designed to support the formulation of a project which satisfies assessment objectives 1-4. Students respond to a centre-set title which allows students to work to a common theme, with the ability to carry out independent investigation, something which we are praised for as a centre.

In term 2 of Yr 11, students explore individual topics based upon an externally set task (choice of 5 titles), culminating in the production of a final outcome, in their 10 hour exam just before Easter. This unit is started as soon as possible, to allow students to work with the maximum preparation time as set by the exam board.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Photographer copies and responses and experiment

‘similarities/differences’.

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Initial recording and topic formulation

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Artist Copies and Responses- Initial Development.

Deep Learning Activities

20th April – 18th May

Unit 1: Revisit, refine and present.

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Development/Final Pieces
Mock Exam

‘similarities/differences’.

24th Feb – 30th March

Unit 2: Externally Set Task

Development, Experimentation and Exam- Final Piece

1st June – 13th July

Study Leave

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Understanding: Students will understand how different photographers and artists have developed their work and analyse why these choices were made

Creativity: Students will selectively take inspiration of other photographers and artists, looking at how to create work which meets their identified title, but demonstrates understanding of multiple influences.

Management: Students will become increasingly responsible for the preparation, storage and production of work. At the end of Yr 11 they are working almost entirely independently.

Employability skills:

Students further develop fundamental creative skills, build resilience and create a portfolio of work to satisfy a brief.

Many students are asked to demonstrate their skills contributing items for More News and recording sports events and fixtures.