Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

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Media Studies

Welcome to the Media Studies department

Our media studies department consists of dedicated teachers who are committed to helping each student achieve their potential. Media studies has many elements, from the creative where students design CD covers, magazines, film trailers, mini movies, music videos and animations, to the analytical where students examine the role of media in the world around them.

BBC School Report
As part of GCSE Media Studies, students have had the opportunity to work on a project called BBC school report. We began by training students to work as a news production team. Then they went out and made some news reports focusing on issues and events happening in our school. Click here to view their reports.

Accommodation and Resources
The department is housed in the main building within the English block. The department is well-equipped, having interactive whiteboards in every room, access to a computer suite, digital cameras, tripods, video cameras and a lighting and photographic rig.

Key Stage Three
In key stage three, students study media as part of their English lessons. We teach students how to analyse media texts while also offering them the opportunity to create their own media productions. Media is an important element of English because media texts feature in English exams across the key stages. In addition to this, media is part of our flexible learning days. In the past, students have produced news reports using a range of technology – podcasts, DTP, films and webpages. We also had a day where students filmed trailers advertising new adaptation of Shakespeare plays.

Key Stage Four
In key stage four, media continues to feature as part of the English curriculum; however, for those with a special interest in the subject, we also offer GCSE media studies.

GCSE Media Studies
For GCSE we use the WJEC board. This offers students the opportunity to explore media in an exciting way. Students analyse key concepts such as still and moving image, narrative, representation, genre and ideology. The course allows students to develop research, planning, and production skills through creative and analytical work at all stages in the course. This builds into controlled assessments which combine the written and the practical. The course is assessed by examination (40%) and by controlled assessment which is internally assessed and externally moderated (60%).

As part of the course, we aim to give students a taste of what it would be like to work in the media. Every year we  visit the BBC to have a tour of their Norwich studios before making our own short documentaries; we regularly have visiting speakers in to talk to students about the media; we visit the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios to attend a workshop and tour the studios. Students also work with the school to produce short films for use in assemblies and in meetings with parents.