Digital natives are bombarded with vast volumes of information in today’s electronic society, which calls for an even greater emphasis on critical thinking and research skills. – Timothy Van Slyke
|Knowledge and Wisdom in ….||Students of Media and Film Studies at Manshead will gain knowledge of the importance of Media Industries to our economy and the power they hold in shaping the views of their global audiences. They will learn how media products like the films, television programmes, computer games, social media pages etc that we all consume are constructed to communicate messages to audiences, and they will use this understanding to develop sophisticated skills of media analysis. Media Studies and Film Studies enable students to view the media they consume critically and to equip them with the skills they need to produce thoughtful and creative media products of their own.|
|Curriculum and Teaching and Learning Overview||
The Media department aims to:
– Expose students to a wide range of films and other media products that will extend their experience and challenge their thinking about the people, places and events they feature
– Provide students with regular opportunities to be creative and to develop practical media skills which will benefit students inside and outside the classroom
– Provide opportunities for students to collaborate with others to build on their social and communication skills which enable them to reflect and to evaluate their practical work
– Aid students in developing their knowledge of film and media concepts and terminology through regular activities which allow them to apply and recap the ideas they have learned
– Make lesson activities accessible for all students through a range of strategies to meet the needs of all learners
– Encourage students to reflect on their own use of social media and to use their understanding of media construction and consumption to guide them in using these powerful tools in a way that shows personal dignity and respect to others
GCSE Media Studies and Film Studies:
You will learn by analysing a range of media products selected by the exam board. In Media Studies this includes newspapers, magazines, computer games, TV shows and more. In Film Studies you will explore a wide range of films including both period and contemporary texts, films produced by large conglomerate companies as well as small independent studios and foreign language films. Analysis is explored through a theoretical framework which includes media/film language, audience, representation and industry. The practical component of the curriculum involves research, planning and production of a high-quality media/film product utilising appropriate conventions and using various software and practical equipment.
|Learning beyond the classroom||Media homework supporting the work covered in lessons is set via show my homework, where parents can view and support their children.
Knowledge organisers summarising each set media product, past papers and revision guides are available to students via the student portal to aid them in revising the material covered in lessons.
The Media Department will be offering a Film club where students can come along to develop their knowledge and understanding of films of different genres and from different eras.
The Media department has run many trips over the years to allow students to gain insight into media industries and to develop their media production skills outside the classroom. Over recent years we have visited Harry Potter Studios, The Guardian Newspaper, The British Film Institute as well as various locations in the vicinity for filming.
Media production equipment is available for students to borrow for practical productions or for their own creative productions by arrangement with Miss Jolly.
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|Year 10||Magazines: Study of set product front covers ‘Pride’ and ‘GQ’||TV Crime Drama: Study of set product text ‘Luther’||Video Games: Study of set product text ‘Fortnite’||Film Marketing: Study of set product text ‘Spectre’||Non- Exam Assessment: Research and Planning||Non- Exam Assessment: Planning and production|
|Year 11||Non-Exam Assessment: Production of final draft product||Radio: Study of set product text ‘The Archers’||Music Videos: Study of set product texts ‘Roar’ and Uptown Funk’||Newspapers: Study of set product texts ‘The Sun’ and ‘The Guardian’||Revision and exam practice|