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DEPARTMENT CONTEXT

STAFF CODE

NAME

RESPONSIBILITIES

GRN Nicholas Griffiths Lead Teacher of Media Studies
PII Issaiyanee Pillay Teacher of French and Spanish

Facilities:

Media:

One specialist room with computers and photography equipment.

MFL:

One specialist MFL classrooms well equipped with smartboards.

Mini whiteboards and verb booklets for KS4.

A range of workbooks for staff, active teach interactive resources including video episodes and extracts with both Viva and Studio KS3-KS4.

            CURRICULUM PLANS

Years 7 - 9 

 (Key Stage 3)

 

 

MFL: In French students will be taught the key grammatical concepts so that they are able to have a foundation base of key grammatical phrases and vocabulary to enable them to succeed at GCSE. The topics studied at KS3 have been designed to address the four main components of skills assessed in French: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. General language skills, including grammar, cultural awareness and translation are also developed and assessed in the new assessments. Students are assessed after each topic and assessments include translation, vocabulary, listening and reading after each module, followed by either a speaking or writing after each term. 

Units covered over KS3 include greetings, personal information (name, age, birthday, where they live), school subjects, nationality, present tense, likes and dislikes, snacks, times, family, physical description, opinions, basic linking words, house and rooms. Personality, physical description, comparisons, sports, music, daily routine, present tense, food and drink, future tense, clothes and future plans.

Career provisions are explored through translation activities; likes and dislikes; geography for future travel plans and wider cultural knowledge.

MEDIA: Year 9  In Media students will be Introduced to all four areas of the theoretical framework, through analysis and short-term practical projects, followed by a practical project on Music CD covers, focusing on Media language and Media representations. In block one students will study advertising and marketing CSPs (Close study products) and other print marketing products. Students will start a mock NEA (non-examined assessment) project, using sample Brief Five to create print adverts for watches, to develop their technical skills and to introduce the overall approach to NEA as well as to consolidate learning about advertising and marketing by engaging with it through practical work. In block two the CSPs advertising and marketing (targeted, focusing on media language and media representations) are studied.

Years 10 and 11 (KS4)

 

 

 

 

MFL: The new SOL follows Ofqual recommendations of skills needed in KS4 French and Spanish. Students in Years 10 will follow the AQA GCSE French (8658) and in Year 11 AQA Spanish (8698).

Students will be assessed equally in reading, speaking, writing, translation and listening. The topics covered are prescribed and divided into 3 themes containing the topics of ‘identity and culture’; ‘local, national, international and global areas of interest’; ‘current and future study and employment’. Each theme will be covered in Years 10 and 11 at least once annually in the syllabus. Students work to develop their competence in the 4 key language areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening with an equal amount of time devoted to each of these skills in lessons. Students will develop transferable skills, relevant to further study and the world of work through French lessons. The range of topics within the curriculum on offer aims to inspire students who are interested in French culture and French speaking countries.

Career opportunities are explored in theme 3 as a full module of work where students have the opportunity to write a CV, explore job applications and interview process, students can talk about their experience and skills for the work place in the context of French lessons which are transferable to life skills; they practice interview skills and question asking; explore rights and identities; describe job roles and human rights issues and continue to use translations on a daily basis.

The Department has also launched a greater focus on mastery of grammar which has been very successful in ensuring that students are able to work more independently.

MEDIA: GCSE Media Studies engages students in the in-depth study of media products in relation to the four areas of the theoretical framework: Media Language; Media Representation; Media Industries and Media Audiences.  Students are required to study media products from all of the following media forms: Audio-visual forms (TV, film, radio, advertising and marketing, video games and music video), online forms (social and participatory media, video games, music video, newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing) and print forms (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing).

Students are required to closely study media products (CSPS) from all the following media forms:

  • Television
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Online, social and participatory media
  • Video games
  • Music Video

Students also study individual feature films in the context of cross-media study, which explores the convergence of media platforms and technologies, or in the context of the study of media industries.  The Non-examined assessment (NEA) element requires students to apply their knowledge and understanding of media language and representations to create a media product using one of the following forms: television; music video; radio; newspapers; magazines; advertising/marketing; online, social and participatory media; video games.

Years 12 and 13 (KS5)

MEDIA: Media Studies offers the chance to create and explore a wide range of forms across the three media platforms of broadcast, moving image, print and e-media. There is also the opportunity to debate contemporary topics such as representations of women, celebrity culture, the impact of digital media and censorship.

Media texts, concepts and contexts

  • Platforms including e- media, broadcasting and print

Also, practical skills relating to the media format of their choice

  • Application of theory analysis to a series of AQA prescribed close study products
  • Cross media issues and debates

The wider issues of political, social, economic and historical contexts are also investigated

Students are required to closely study media products (CSPs) from all the following media forms:

  • Television
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Online, social and participatory media
  • Video games
  • Music video

Students also study individual feature films in the context of cross-media study, which explores the convergence of media platforms and technologies, or in the context of the study of media industries. In addition to the broad coverage of all nine media forms, students also engage in the in-depth study of at least one audio-visual, one print and one online, social and participatory media form. Each in depth study will link the specified media form to all four areas of the theoretical framework. Exam questions focus on the theoretical framework and contexts of the media, but students will be expected to answer with reference to or analysis of relevant CSPs.

The Non-examined assessment (NEA) element requires students to apply their knowledge and understanding of media language and representations to create a media product using a range of forms

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION - In School

Media club: creation and publication of school magazine and video production

Extra study sessions for KS4/5 students – these often take the form of a bespoke programme of activities linked to specific questions or skills in an examination. These sessions are for targeted students and those who wish to attend for extra support.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION - External Trips

Year 13 trip to the advertising standards authority

Year 11 trip to the British Film Institute

Year 13 trip to Tate Modern

 


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