30 pupils from year 5 & 6 took part in an exciting project run by the Carmarthenshire Heritage Regeneration Trust, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the Countryside Council for Wales.
15 pupils became the project photographers and were taught how to use a digital camera by Ken Day a professional Landscape Photographer. The pupils were then taken on 4 field trips to different local areas of the landscape where they were free to take as many photographs as they wished. Each field trip included instruction on photography.
The landscapes which the pupils chose to visit were at Cynghordy Viaduct, Llanfair Church & Llandovery Railway Station, Pantycelyn Farm and Llwynywermod.
After the field trips the pupils received tuition in classroom sessions on how to download the images onto a computer and how to edit and print the photographs. During these sessions each ‘photographer’ was aided by a ‘buddy.’
Each pupil chose their final 10 favourite images out of all of the images they had taken (ranging between 300 and 400 images per pupil). The pupils then gave their images a title and described how the images made them feel.
These images were then exhibited in a public exhibition at the Castle Hotel, Llandovery. Each pupil was presented with a framed copy of one of their images by the High Sheriff of Dyfed.
After the local exhibition, the pupils’ work was exhibited at a Grand Finale exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
The project fund donated 15 digital cameras and a computer to the school in order for these skills to continue to be developed in the future.