What do we do?
Our Media curriculum is centred around the belief that young people today need to have a critical understanding of the products which they spend extensive amounts of time using in the modern world. In order to have this, we focus on students’ analytical and creative skills. These diverse but complimentary skills form the basis of study for students at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.
Students are introduced to the subject of Media Studies in Year 9, ahead of their option choices, through a unit of work delivered in their English lessons. Following on from a Literature unit of work, students are able to transfer analytical skills, applying them to a range of moving image and print texts. Both contemporary and historical texts are studied as we believe it is essential students develop a critical understanding of the media saturated world they are growing up in, alongside acknowledging the impact political, social and historical context can have upon a text.
During Key Stage 4 and 5, in line with exam board requirements, time is split between detailed analysis of a range of prescribed historical and contemporary print, radio, film, e-media and television media texts, alongside producing original, creative media products. We ensure support is provided for students to allow them to develop both sets of skills, especially those who begin studying the subject at Key Stage 5 without having studied it in Key Stage 4.
How do we do it?
Our curriculum is structured to ensure students have a firm understanding of the four parts of the media theoretical framework (Media Language, Audience, Representation and Industries), through introductory units at each key stage before moving on to using this framework to analyse and create appropriate media products.
Schemes of work provide detailed resources for the delivery of the introductory units and the prescribed close study products; these are frequently updated to incorporate feedback from staff, students and the examination boards. Lessons allow students to develop independent analytical and creative skills along with providing many opportunities for extended writing.
Students are made aware of assessment objectives through the use of KAS and WIN sheets, allowing them to have a thorough understanding of the course. Throughout each unit of work, opportunities for self and peer assessment are provided along with many opportunities for green pen activities in order to respond to feedback from both peers and teachers.
By using contemporary texts, issues and controversies, students’ interest in the subject in engaged, encouraging them to become critical users of the media.
Why do we do it?
With both GCSE and A Level specifications having changed in the last two years, we are on a journey to ensure students are provided with the best opportunities to succeed in Media Studies. Feedback from staff and students, along with detailed analysis of examination results and moderator feedback, allows us to ensure we are delivering the best possible experience for students.
Staff work together closely to ensure the quality of lessons, schemes of work and NEA work is of the highest quality standard, allowing students to develop the diverse range of skills they need in this increasingly relevant subject.