Photography

In photography, there is a core belief that pupils at Woolwich Polytechnic are intelligent young people with strong visual skills and an innate understanding of the importance of images in all our lives. In their work, students are expected to produce challenging and engaging work that allows them to develop as young adults and gives them new ways to understand, explain and illustrate the world around them.

Like all subjects in the school, we demand the very best from the pupils, expecting them to aim high and to reach an understanding of the materials and equipment in hand. The main aim of our department is to develop a passion and understanding of photography through looking at both contemporary and historical photography. We build on key skills both visually and in written form that are intrinsic in all arts education. The course is entirely centered on digital photography with web-based learning resources and all students (at key stage 4) work on web-based portfolios giving them key complimentary skills in the use of ICT as well as web-design.

Programme of Study
Year 9 - Qualification: OCR GCSE Art and Design - Photography
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Skills-building Skills-building and short projects Images & Words poster project
Year 10 - Qualification: OCR GCSE Art and Design - Photography
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Project - Portrayals Project - Repetition Project - Open
Year 11 - Qualification: OCR GCSE Art and Design - Photography
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Project - Abstraction Project - Abstraction continued. Externally set exam
KS4
During Key stage 4, pupils at Woolwich Polytechnic are working independently in Photography with skills building incorporated into the program of study. Students are expected to become more independent and self-motivated as projects they take on place greater demands on them in terms of imagination, planning and self-expression. A typical lesson will see each pupil working on his own particular project, with the teacher discussing work and ideas with him. Projects are centered on core skills, themes and are designed to encourage an independence and resilience that prepares students well for post-16 studies in all subject areas.