Media

Year 9 

Units Taught:

Types of Media

Print Media Texts

Online Media Texts

Audio Visual Texts

Cross Media Production

 

Main Skills Developed:

Basic analytical skills using the FLAIR acronym and applying it to a range of media texts in order to identify who it has been constructed for, how it has been constructed and any messages contained within it.

Students develop their knowledge of each of the three different platforms of media texts identifying specific features of text type in order to apply this knowledge to their own construction of texts using professional frameworks.

 

How can parents help support learning?

Encourage students to engage with the media on a wider scale than perhaps they normally would by exploring different types of film and television programme, reading newspapers and magazines or comparing official websites to fan made sites.

Where possible, support students in their development of practical skills such as staging and taking photographs, writing copy for articles and computer based editing. There are a number of useful online programmes which can be used for editing images or writing that students can access free of charge both at home and in school.

 

Useful Websites

https://pixlr.com/x/

https://fontmeme.com/

http://www.filmeducation.org/

https://mediaknowall.com/

https://www.intofilm.org/

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Year 9 students are welcome to attend after school practical skills and study support sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday until 4pm in Room 207.

Trinity Academy also participates in the BBC Young Reporter scheme (formerly School Report) with various activities taking place throughout the year.

 

SMSC and British Values

Close study of the contexts of production and how that may have influenced production in a positive or negative way for example, the equal rights movement.

The power of the press and the right to freedom of speech.

The exploration of audience responses and how a text may impact audience members in different ways based on their individual beliefs, feelings and values.

 

 

 

Year 10

 

Units Taught:

Component 1:

  • Media Audiences
  • Media Representations
  • Narrative
  • Genre
  • Textual Analysis

Practical Skills Workshops

 

Main Skills Developed

Detailed analytical skills exploring the way in which the media constructs texts that target and appeal to different audiences and how those audiences respond.

Students develop an understanding of the varying representations which are used within the media to communicate messages and what impact these may have on different audience groups.

A range of narrative structures and devices are analysed to understand how products build the concept of a story and how that story subsequently fits in to a specific genre through the use of codes and conventions.

Students will undertake a range of practical workshops in which they learn essential media skills including: scriptwriting, photo storyboards, typography, digital editing and flat planning.

 

How can parents help support learning?

Encourage students to engage with the media on a wider scale than perhaps they normally would by exploring different types of film and television programme, reading newspapers and magazines or comparing official websites to fan made sites.

Where possible, support students in their development of practical skills such as staging and taking photographs, writing copy for articles and computer based editing. There are a number of useful online programmes which can be used for editing images or writing that students can access free of charge both at home and in school.

 

Useful Websites

https://pixlr.com/x/

https://fontmeme.com/

http://www.filmeducation.org/

https://mediaknowall.com/

https://www.intofilm.org/

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Year 10 students are welcome to attend after school practical skills and study support sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday until 4pm in Room 207.

Trinity Academy also participates in the BBC Young Reporter scheme (formerly School Report) with various activities taking place throughout the year.

 

SMSC and British Values

Close study of the contexts of production and how that may have influenced production in a positive or negative way for example, the equal rights movement.

The power of the media and the right to freedom of speech.

The exploration of audience responses and how a text may impact audience members in different ways based on their individual beliefs, feelings and values.

 

 

 

Year 11

 

Units Taught:

Component 2:

  • Pre-production processes
  • Practical production skills
  • Post-production processes
  • Self-evaluation

Component 3:

  • Responding to a brief
  • Ideas Log
  • Production materials
  • Practical Examination

 

Main Skills Developed

Students develop their pre-production, production and post-production skills through practical work to devise a series of original texts from one or more of the three media platforms demonstrating creative and technical skill in all areas of planning and production. This is done in the classroom environment for Component 2 and under examination conditions for Component 3.

 

How can parents help support learning?

Encourage students to engage with the media on a wider scale than perhaps they normally would by exploring different types of film and television programme, reading newspapers and magazines or comparing official websites to fan made sites.

Where possible, support students in their development of practical skills such as staging and taking photographs, writing copy for articles and computer based editing. There are a number of useful online programmes which can be used for editing images or writing that students can access free of charge both at home and in school.

 

Useful Websites

https://pixlr.com/x/

https://fontmeme.com/

http://www.filmeducation.org/

https://mediaknowall.com/

https://www.intofilm.org/

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Year 11 students are welcome to attend after school practical skills and study support sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday until 4pm in Room 207.

Trinity Academy also participates in the BBC Young Reporter scheme (formerly School Report) with various activities taking place throughout the year.

 

SMSC and British Values

Close study of the contexts of production and how that may have influenced production in a positive or negative way for example, the equal rights movement.

The power of the media and the right to freedom of speech.

The exploration of audience responses and how a text may impact audience members in different ways based on their individual beliefs, feelings and values.

 

 

 

 

Year 12

 

Units Taught:

Music Video

Advertising and Marketing

Gaming Industry

Radio

Magazines

Practical Production

 

Main Skills Developed

Detailed analysis of a variety of media texts using the Theoretical Framework as a basis. Students will explore a range of key media theories relating to: media audiences, media industries, narrative, representations and media language and will learn to apply these to the focus texts. The constructional elements of different formats will be considered as well as the contexts in which each text was produced. By analysing the structure and content, students will use this knowledge to produce their own series of media texts using a set brief and following professional standards and procedures to create an original and authentic looking product.

 

How can parents help support learning?

Encourage students to engage with the media on a wider scale than perhaps they normally would by exploring different types of film and television programme, reading newspapers and magazines or comparing official websites to fan made sites.

Testing students on the contents of the Theoretical Framework and key contextual facts about each of the focus texts would be highly beneficial in terms of revision and will reinforce the key aspects of the course which need to be understood in order to apply them.

 

Useful Websites

https://revisionworld.com/

https://fontmeme.com/

https://mediaknowall.com/

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02zhq5l

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Year 12 students are welcome to attend after school practical skills and study support sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday until 4pm in Room 207.

Trinity Academy also participates in the BBC Young Reporter scheme (formerly School Report) with various activities taking place throughout the year which sixth form students are encouraged to lead on and support younger students.

 

SMSC and British Values

Use of a wide range of media texts from different cultures, backgrounds and historical eras.

Exploration of audience responses and how a text may impact audience members in different ways based on their individual beliefs, feelings and values.

Use of a range of texts which explore the right to liberty and freedom of speech and what that means in reality.

Close study of the contexts of production and how that may have influenced production in a positive or negative way for example, the equal rights movement.

Specific texts relating to key cultural influences and topics. (I Daniel Blake: British politics, Straight Black Panther: BLM and racial prejudices, Vogue(1960’s): Women’s rights and equality, Gal Dem: Feminism and race issues, The Big Issue: stereotypes of homelessness, The Bridge: Nordic cultural values, Life on Mars: 1970’s British societal values etc.)

 

 

 

Year 13

 

Units Taught:

Global Crime Drama

Practical Production

Film Industry

Online Media

Advertising and Marketing

Revision Topics

 

Main Skills Developed

Detailed analysis of a variety of media texts using the Theoretical Framework as a basis. Students will explore a range of key media theories relating to: media audiences, media industries, narrative, representations and media language, applying these to the focus texts. The constructional elements of different formats will be considered as well as the contexts in which each text was produced. By analysing the structure and content, students will use this knowledge to produce their own series of media texts using a set brief and following professional standards and procedures to create an original and authentic looking product.

In preparation for the external examination, students will learn revision skills and essay writing techniques to equip them for the specific requirements of the course.

 

How can parents help support learning?

Encourage students to engage with the media on a wider scale than perhaps they normally would by exploring different types of film and television programme, reading newspapers and magazines or comparing official websites to fan made sites.

Testing students on the contents of the Theoretical Framework and key contextual facts about each of the focus texts would be highly beneficial in terms of revision and will reinforce the key aspects of the course which need to be understood in order to apply them.

 

Useful Websites

https://revisionworld.com/

https://fontmeme.com/

https://mediaknowall.com/

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/

https://www.asa.org.uk/

https://www.bfi.org.uk/

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Year 13 students are welcome to attend after school practical skills and study support sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday until 4pm in Room 207.

Trinity Academy also participates in the BBC Young Reporter scheme (formerly School Report) with various activities taking place throughout the year which sixth form students are encouraged to lead on and support younger students.

 

SMSC and British Values

Use of a wide range of media texts from different cultures, backgrounds and historical eras.

Exploration of audience responses and how a text may impact audience members in different ways based on their individual beliefs, feelings and values.

Use of a range of texts which explore the right to liberty and freedom of speech and what that means in reality.

Close study of the contexts of production and how that may have influenced production in a positive or negative way for example, the equal rights movement.

 

 

Film Studies

Year 13

 

Units Taught:

Short Film Case Study

Screenwriting

Global Film Movements (German Expressionism)

Experimental Film (Tarantino)

Revision Topics

 

Main Skills Developed

Students will develop analytical skills through the detailed application of theory to a range of film based texts including: narratology, spectatorship, ideology, auteur theory, aspects of film form, film movements and critical debates. These form the basis of the examination content which also includes extended writing skills.

Long form scriptwriting format and photographic storyboarding is taught as standard in order to ensure that students have the appropriate industry standard skills in order to enter the workplace. Student’s may also elect to shoot a short film based on their screenplay should they wish to do so.

A close study of historical, economic and social contexts will also take place with particular reference to the role played by the rise of Nazi Germany and the development of the cinematic movement (Lumieres’ realism vs Melies expressionism).

 

How can parents help support learning?

Encourage students to view cinema from outside of their natural comfort zone, including foreign cinema and cinema from bygone eras. Students should be able to discuss key aspects of film theory in detail and apply this to any film text so engaging them in conversation and asking their critical opinion about film texts or the historical development of film would highly beneficial. Testing students on the names of characters and the key areas of film form would also reinforce the focus texts and help students with their revision.

 

Useful Websites

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/

http://www.filmeducation.org/

https://www.intofilm.org/

https://www.bfi.org.uk/

https://silentlondon.co.uk/tag/german-expressionism/

https://www.biography.com/filmmaker/quentin-tarantino

https://www.celtx.com/index.html

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Year 13 students are welcome to attend after school practical skills and study support sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday until 4pm in Room 207.

Trinity Academy also participates in a film school event run by Sheffield Hallam University to encourage students to become involved in film making. Students who are interested may have the opportunity to spend time with Sheffield Hallam staff and students using professional grade equipment to conceive, record and edit their own films.

 

SMSC and British Values

Use of a wide range of film texts from different cultures, backgrounds and historical eras. (Spione, Pan’s Labyrinth, Wild Tales, Winter’s Bone)

Exploration of a range of film texts that deal with the subject of right and wrong, both in terms of the law and also in relation to morally right and wrong. (No Country for Old Men, Winter’s Bone, Pulp Fiction)

Analysis of character actions and the subsequent consequences of these actions. (Vertigo, Pan’s Labyrinth, Wild Tales, We Need to Talk About Kevin)

Opportunities for debate relating to principles such as nature vs nurture and the extent to which individuals should be held accountable for their actions (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Blade Runner)

Focus on ‘Britishness’ as an ideology within the specification (Shaun of the Dead)

Analysis of texts encouraging empathy with characters in specific situations (Winter’s Bone, Wild Tales, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Arbor, Vertigo).