How does the project work?
The project takes place in the final half term of year 6 when children are preparing to move to their new secondary schools in September.Class teachers work with their pupils on the subject of identity. What is important to me? What makes me special? Values, family, religion, culture, aspirations, likes & dislikes. Pupils may also look at peer pressure, gang culture and drugs education in relation to this.
Part 1 of the project involves lots of discussion and thinking. Pupils then produce a piece of writing, narrative or poetry about themselves
Pupils research photo portraits including the photos of Alex Franklin. What does the photo tell you about the person? Why have they chosen the location? What impression do the colours give? What do the props tell you about the person?
Class teachers support pupils to design a photo portrait. They choose a special location at school, they choose their clothes, props (a meaningful object), and their pose. The idea is that the photo reveals key things about their identity.
The photographer works with pupils 1-1 to discuss and develop their picture composition. The photographer takes the photo.
The photographer prints the photos alongside the children’s writing to produce the final identity composition and also prints small booklets with every photo in for every member of the class.
The large prints are framed and displayed for a year at the school. The small booklets are taken away by the children to remember their class mates by.
The following year the children return to school to collect their photos and to speak to the next Y6 pupil group and answer their questions about moving to secondary school.