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Cirencester Kingshill School GCSE photography pupils go back to nature

On Friday 6th October 2017, 49 Year 10 GCSE photography pupils got the opportunity to visit the Oxford Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens. The trip was designed to allow pupils to explore and photograph different visual elements. 

Having only started the GCSE photography course in September 2017, the pupils welcomed the opportunity to get out into a new environment. Pupils were inspired by having the freedom to take photographs of such a wide array of things from the many artefacts and exhibits in the Natural History Museum to the exotic plants and flowers at the Botanical Gardens.

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Fin Cummins, a pupil at Cirencester Kingshill School, said “I really enjoyed visiting the museum and being able to take photographs of lots of different things.” 

Once back in the classroom, pupils had the job of sorting through all the photographs they had taken and with the help of a computer editing packaging they began categorising all the photographs they’d taken according to the nine visual elements – point, line, shape, form, tone, colour, space, texture and pattern. Pupils then started work on creating presentation booklets to display all their work. 

Daisy David, a pupil at Cirencester Kingshill School, said “Photography runs in my family and I genuinely enjoy taking photographs. The course is a lot more challenging than I expected but I’m really enjoying it.” 

Victoria Richards, Photography teacher at Cirencester Kingshill School said “We wanted pupils to see the potential in everything around them and to understand that it is all worth photographing.” 

Christine Oates, Headteacher said “The photography trip to Oxford helps provide the foundation building blocks for pupils new to photography to continue with their GCSE studies. It has inspired pupils and helped them look at the things around them in a different way.”

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