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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist


Subject Intent

Through Art and Photography, we guide and nurture growth of developing minds by providing opportunities to explore, research, invent, investigate, express, dream, reflect and communicate in a stimulating environment that celebrates diversity.  We endeavour to develop critical thinking and interpret the world around us. Through the development of visual literacy and the art of conversation, students are prepared to analyse and interpret their visual world in many types of forms. We believe that it is through the Arts that we ask questions, ponder unsolved problems, take risks, and seek to understand experiences of past, present and future.


The overarching aim for Art and Photography is to promote high standards of presentation, research and exploration by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken, written and visual word. The subjects promote to develop their love of the world around us through widespread research and skill-based learning for enjoyment. The curriculum for Art and Photography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Appreciation of different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination.
  • Understanding of the conventions of figurative/representational and abstract/non-representational imagery or genres.
  • Appreciation of different ways and approaches of working.
  • Understanding of pictorial space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure.
  • Appreciation of colour, line, tone, texture, space, shape and form.
  • The ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief or answer a need in Art/Photography.
  • How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts in the chosen area(s) of study.
  • Investigate historical, contemporary developments and different styles and genres.
  • Explore how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created.


Photography - Coursework (60% weighting)

Year 9- Built Environment

Year 10- Identity

Year 11- Personal Project

The pupils are encouraged to produce photographs of still life, buildings and architecture in the first year. We also use traditional methods of photography using the dark room; pin-hole cameras and photograms for example. In the second year, the focus is on photo journalism and candid photography using ‘people’ as the main point of referencing. In the final year pupils commit to a personal project which is a ‘brief’ based unit of work where pupils pick their subject matter and project title.

The coursework will be assessed using four assessment objectives; Investigation, Experimenting, Recording and a Final Outcome (all are of equal weighting)

Photography - Exam (40% weighting)

Pupils will pick one theme from a series of 7 which is distributed by the exam board. Pupils are encouraged to investigate appropriate sources, recording and experimenting using a number of mediums and then produce a final outcome (10 hour exam over a two day period) over a 8 to 10 week period.

Work will be produced in sketch books, boards and through any lens based mediums.

Pupils are encouraged to use collaging, photo shop techniques, dark room techniques and various methods of artistic experimenting to develop their examination prep over the course of the 8 to 10 period leading up to the terminal examination.

The exam will be assessed using four assessment objectives; Investigation, Experimenting, Recording and a Final Outcome (all are of equal weighting)