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Here you will find a range of KS3, GCSE and A-level Art and Photography resources which have all been developed, tried and tested in the classroom by an experienced teacher.

Here you will find a range of KS3, GCSE and A-level Art and Photography resources which have all been developed, tried and tested in the classroom by an experienced teacher.
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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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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Photography: slow shutter speed portraits

Photography: slow shutter speed portraits

This worksheet guides students through a slow shutter speed portrait activity with different techniques and ideas to try, with visual examples. A really good task to teach students about slow shutter speed and the potentials for using long exposures. You'll just need a dark room and some torches!
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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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Photoshoot planning template with prompt questions

Photoshoot planning template with prompt questions

This is a table that I have used with both GCSE and A-level photography students to get them to plan in more detail for photoshoots. Each subtitle has a few further prompts to get students to think in more depth. Great for the new requirement for written work in the GCSE.
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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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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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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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Photography self and peer assessment tables

Photography self and peer assessment tables

This document features four different peer/self assessment tables, each pre-filled with different medals and missions ready to be highlighted as appropriate, ensuring good quality feedback. They cover giving feedback on taking photographs, editing photos, artist research and annotations/evaluations. Mainly aimed at GCSE photography students but could be suitable for A-level.
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Year 9 SOW - Urban Art

Year 9 SOW - Urban Art

This SOW has been written to get year 9 students excited about art by exploring urban artists and techniques. The SOW has been written to be student friendly, with an A3 flow diagram with images and colour coded to explain the project, with links to GCSE criteria to get students into the habit of working in a similar way to KS4.
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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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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 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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