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Photography lesson plan PDF – Show children simple techniques

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PDF lesson plan

Key Stage

KS1, KS2


Years 1-6


From swallowing a rainbow to playing football with the sun, you don’t need special effects to create astounding photographs, just an active imagination. There’s lots of ideas to try on this photography lesson plan PDF.

In a world where children are surrounded by images and a wealth of ways to capture, edit and share them, photography risks becoming a throwaway art form.

Teaching children simple techniques and styles that they can achieve without the need for expensive equipment or software puts artistic achievement well within their reach. It gives them an instant skill they can take home and share.

Photography lesson plan PDF

The structure of this lesson depends on your access to cameras. Ideally, you need up to ten cameras. However, even if you only have one, the practical part of the lesson is easily manageable in small groups.

Learning objectives

  • Discover how to use a photographic technique to suit your intention – in this case, forced perspective
  • Use the ‘landscape’ setting on a digital camera, understanding how to frame the scene and keep the camera still
  • Work collaboratively with your friends by evaluating, editing and improving your work to get the best results

Rachel Riley has been a primary teacher for 18 years. She is currently inclusion manager at Greenfields Junior School in Hampshire and co-director of Camera Kids. Browse more KS2 art ideas.

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Photography lesson plan PDF – Show children simple techniques
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