“It is fascinating. I wish all teachers in our schools could be trained.”

-Year 4 Class Teacher

We believe in learning from mistakes and that everything should be an experience. By making children think by themselves, you empower them.

Fotosynthesis believes that education should be a two-way learning process and that children are given opportunities to explore participatory and collaborative artistic approaches to the curriculum, promoting self-development in children and teachers. Our staff has been trained by Duke University, USA in Learning Through Photography, methodology developed by Wendy Ewald, who has inspired this project.

Literacy Through Photography (LTP) is a teaching philosophy and methodology that encourages children and communities to naturally explore their world as they photograph scenes from their own lives and to use their images as catalysts for verbal and written expression. LTP will provide the participants with investigative tools of photography using exercises such as visual storytelling, drawing from images, encourage to think about what is outside of the frame. These processes will improve visual literacy, communication skills and self-esteem. Our work aims to provide photographic tools in schools to increase social engagement in dynamic environments and helps teachers to see their students from different perspectives, inspiring them to generate fresh approaches to teaching practice, encouraging self-expression in classrooms from Early Years to Secondary education:

  • Strong emphasis on visual learning
  • Promoting self-expression
  • Communicating with the language of images
  • Acquiring language skills & enhancing writing skills
  • Unlock creative abilities and allow creativity in the classroom
  • Learning to use new technologies
  • Developing critical literacy and explore social themes
  • Cross disciplinary learning
  • Learn through real life experience & hands on activity
  • Increase the attention spam of the children
  • Learning from peers & from mistakes
  • Use outside spaces and bodies
  • Brainstorming
  • Play and have fun

The benefit of our methodology

Inclusion

A great strength of this project design is that it really engaged children from all abilities. It supports speech and language of children starting from a very low base, whilst it also offers children with more developed skills to extend their literacy, so it can work in a whole class context which is practical for schools.

Confidence

To come up with ideas themselves

To express themselves

Ability & Skills

  • Improved ability to use language with each other
  • Improves understanding of abstract and difficult concepts
  • Working as a team and listening to other children’s ideas
  • Extended vocabulary, inspired them to learn, spell and write new words
  • Ability to look at images and go beyond what is immediately apparent
  • Looking more closely around them, looking at each other and looking at new things. Increase curiosity and understanding of the world
  • Increased and developed their motor control abilities

“I believe the project was very helpful in terms of giving me ideas on how to teach maths using different resources and bringing everyday aspects to life for the children. Were engaged and enjoyed investigating and learning new things that will remain with them throughout their learning.”

— Year 4 Teacher, St Luke’s Primary School

“We would love to do photography every day, it has so much potential in opening children’s eye and mind. We feel that with the digital cameras, the children focus much more on what they are photographing and that they really remembered the photographic techniques you taught them before going out.”