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Key Concepts Overview:
  • Understanding of the links between Literacy and Photography. Pupils will look at a selection of books to create their own Photography pieces throughout the term. Year 8 will also be covering ‘Wonder’ during their English lessons this year.
  • Introduction to various authors and the well-known literature such as, ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’, Harry Potter’, ‘Wonder’ and ‘1984’.
  • Introduction to various photographers and practitioners including Jon Richardson who coordinates the Harry Potter special effects.
  • Develop their prior skills from Year 7 using modern materials, techniques and processes on Adobe Photoshop.
  • Pupils will carry out a photoshoot on the top floor of Birmingham Library.
Key Vocabulary:
  • J.K.Rowling - author of the Harry Potter series of books.
  • Green screen - a camera that uses film to take photographs rather than producing digital images
  • Chroma key - a camera that produces digital images rather than using film.
  • Adobe Photoshop- exposure is the amount of light that touches a camera lens or sun paper.
  • Ransom Riggs – author of the book ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’.
  • Peculiar - different to what is normal or expected; strange.
  • R.J. Palacio - author of the book ‘Wonder’.
  • Retouching – is a set of manipulations performed on a digital image to improve it visually or to adjust its technical qualities
  • Clone Stamp Tool – tool used in Adobe Photoshop that allows you to select and sample an area of your picture. You are then able to use this sample to paint over any marks.
  • Laura Romero – Urban photographer who specialises in collage.
  • Collage – a technique where different pictures or parts of a picture are combined to create a new image that conveys a message or idea.
  • Alice Oseman - author of the graphic novel ‘Heartstopper’.
  • Digital drawing - using an editing software to draw on an image.
Subject Overview:

Students in Year 8 have 1 double Photography lesson each week.

In Year 8, students have 1 piece of homework set every 2 weeks.
This homework is set according to the homework timetable.

At the end of this year, Photography becomes an available option to continue with at GCSE.


Students in Year 8 sit a baseline assessment when they start Photography.