GCSE Photography Exam - project overview and student checklist

GCSE Photography Exam - project overview and student checklist

There are two documents here - two different versions of the same thing, one more detailed than the other - both student friendly. One is an overview of the photography exam project structure, organised by lesson and task. It features brief information about each task, with details on things to consider and 'going for gold' extensions, aimed at the higher end students. The other document is a simplified checklist for students to track the tasks they need to complete for the exam project, encouraging them to work independently and outside of lessons.
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Photography Composition Guide Cards

Photography Composition Guide Cards

These cards have been created to support students with composition in photography. They were written for year 10 as an introduction to the skill of using different compositions such as negative space, rule of thirds, leading lines etc. and will be a useful reference for year 11 as a visual reminder. There are 6 A4 colourful cards ready to be laminated, each for a different type of composition with clear tips, diagrams and photos for reference.
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GCSE project overview - Architecture

GCSE project overview - Architecture

This has been a really successful scheme of work. Students engaged with it really well, with a variety of painting, printmaking and mixed media work linking to artists such as Ian Murphy and Paul Kenton. We ran a trip to a local English Heritage venue which I'd recommend for photography and drawing - they're generally free if you lead them yourself! The SOW is broken down by week, giving tasks linked to AOs, Skills focus and extensions for HPA.
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Beatriz Milhazes pattern drawing and photoshop lesson

Beatriz Milhazes pattern drawing and photoshop lesson

This lesson worked really well with year 9, engaging them during the pattern drawing element of the task, and then teaching them some basic photoshop skills as a follow up lesson (using the worksheet). Students design a pattern page, you then need to scan their drawings ready for the following photoshop lesson where they add colour and further patterns. One tip - get students to press fairly hard in pencil or go over designs in pen so the scanner can see them clearly!
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GCSE project overview - Seedpods - 2D and 3D

GCSE project overview - Seedpods - 2D and 3D

This has been a really successful scheme of work. Students engaged with it really well, partly due to the variety of artists that I presented to them but also due to the potential for an abstract approach to the project. We did a lot of clay in this project, including a day with an artist which is something I'd highly recommend if you have the budget. The SOW is broken down by week, giving tasks linked to AOs, Skills focus and extensions for HPA. In addition to the SOW, I've also included a worksheet with artist images on that I used for this project.
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Year 7/8 Product Design SOW and work book

Year 7/8 Product Design SOW and work book

This is a product design project based on designing trainers. The SOW details weekly tasks for a 10 week project suitable for year 7 or 8. The tasks include product analysis, product design, logo and packaging design, marketing and evaluation. Also included is the 15 page booklet which includes all worksheets and resources for the unit, including self, peer and teacher assessment boxes.
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AO1 - How to analyse a photographer

AO1 - How to analyse a photographer

A clear presentation that encourages students to be analytical to support their marks in AO1 when discussing the work of a photographer. Lots of prompt questions to help them structure their written analysis and to help them take inspiration from the artist. I wrote it for A-level but have also used it with GCSE Photography students to encourage a higher standard of work.
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GCSE Photography checklist

GCSE Photography checklist

This checklist lists all of the tasks that I expect all students to complete for a GCSE Photography project. It is colour coded linked to the AOs, features clear success criteria for each task, and offers a 'going for gold' extension to push the higher ability students. A really good resource for encouraging students to work independently, as well as for reference when structuring their projects.
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Personal Investigation essay guidance - art/photography

Personal Investigation essay guidance - art/photography

I wrote this for my A-level students as they needed something to help them write their essays for the personal investigation. It breaks down the essay into different subheadings, each with a guide on how many words to write and then a list of prompt questions to help with writing. There is also a guide to the required bibliography, and a final checklist. This version is written for photography students, but could be quickly altered for art/textiles etc.
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Monday Challenges - ice breakers/ form time activities.

Monday Challenges - ice breakers/ form time activities.

I started these with my form class a couple of years ago to get students more active and motivated on a Monday morning! Minimal resources required, and guaranteed to get students having fun and working in teams quickly. There are 6 challenges here which will each last around 15 minutes, with a few silly 'Monday Memes' to put on the board as students come in to your classroom.
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GCSE Art Assessment Objective breakdown

GCSE Art Assessment Objective breakdown

This resources is a double sided A3 learning mat which breaks down the AOs for students, highlighting what they need to do to be successful in each area. A particularly good resource for encouraging students to push for higher grades. Colourful, clear and student friendly, my classes have responded well to this resource and found it useful!
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Student Photography Guide/Handout

Student Photography Guide/Handout

A handy booklet that I get students to keep in their folders for reference. It includes: - how to get the highest grades - key words - things to think about when taking photographs - talking about your own photographs with prompt questions - annotating contact sheets - Researching photographers - Presentation of photographs and work
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Student Led form time

Student Led form time

The idea behind this presentation is to encourage students to engage more in form time, and to take some ownership over what they do in the mornings whilst encouraging leadership skills. A good introduction with some tips and outlines to structure their sessions. I've previously used this with sixth form tutor groups but it would probably work with KS4 too.
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Speed dating ice breaker - new class

Speed dating ice breaker - new class

A simple ice breaker, ideal for a new class or a class with some new students to help them get to know each other a little and to encourage them to talk to each other. The worksheet explains the task clearly, with lots of simple conversation starters to get students talking.
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How to experiment in photography

How to experiment in photography

A visual flow diagram for students to use to help them structure their experiments with links to photographers. It clarifies how to use photographers to inspire their experiments, with a focus on supporting them with refining their ideas to get the best marks in AO2. Written for GCSE but I've also used it with A-level, early on in the course with students that are new to the subject.
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Photography Careers Guide

Photography Careers Guide

This PowerPoint covers lots of different aspects of photography careers, from types of jobs to portfolios to potential wages. Clear information with some diagrams and visuals to support further. suitable for GCSE and A-level students.
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GCSE Art SOW - Self Identity

GCSE Art SOW - Self Identity

This has been a successful project with GCSE students. The file include: - an A3 visual overview of the whole project, linked to the AOs and colour coded, laid out as a flow diagram with photos etc. - An overview of timings for each task, with links to what goes on each A1 presentation board - A student checklist with extensions to go with each task, written with keen/HPA students in mind.
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David Bushell style photoshop task

David Bushell style photoshop task

This resource includes a powerpoint to introduce the artist and task, and step by step photoshop instructions, detailing exactly how to recreate his style on photoshop. Ideal for an architecture project, I got students to use their own photographs following a trip.
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GCSE Art Student Checklist

GCSE Art Student Checklist

This checklist lists everything that we expect a student to complete for a GCSE project, organised by Assessment Objective. Good for encouraging students to work independently, and for pushing them to get work done!
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Photography and photoshop learning mat

Photography and photoshop learning mat

A really good resource which I have printed and laminated, and photography students use every lesson! Colourful and informative, it includes: - tips on editing - key words - writing about own photographs - the photography project process - How to analyse a photographer - Assessment objectives - Photoshop tool bar - photoshop shortcuts - Photoshop techniques - step by step Also included is a version with blanked out sections, which I used as an investigative lesson early on in the course where students had to fill the gaps.
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