The aim of the Media curriculum in Year 9 is to introduce students to the study of Media, exposing students to theories surrounding Media Language, Representation, Audience and Industry as well as developing technical and creative competencies in pre-production, production and post-production techniques. Students will develop a solid foundation of theoretical and practical skills and knowledge to prepare them for learning at KS4 (whether they choose an academic or vocational route).
Each unit of work will incorporate theoretical concepts with planning and production skills, where theoretical concepts are applied and reinforced through practical, skills-based tasks. Units are carefully sequenced to allow for development of theoretical understanding and practical application throughout the year, with key assessment tasks designed to combine skills and knowledge learned in different components. As well as specific media knowledge, terminology and skills, students will also develop the transferable skills of analysis, collaboration, leadership, critical and creative thinking as well as cultural appreciation and understanding.
There are a range of cross-curricular links to Art, Business Studies, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Film Studies, Music, Photography, Politics, Science and Sociology. The combination of these curriculum elements will enable students to complete Year 9 bridging Media in such a way that whether or not they decide to continue studying Media at KS4, they will leave with an appreciation of the scale of influence exerted by the Media and it’s place in the wider context of society; thus empowering them to successfully understand and navigate their 21st Century world as informed citizens.