Year 11 are starting on Crime Drama this week, with a week until the mock, it’s going to be a whistle stop tour to prepare for the question I’ve written (which I will share after they’ve sat it!)
Here’s the first lesson, with a Five Quick Questions and a return to the key question at the end.
Soap box moment. This term, hey? Packed with so many things. This week was our Sixth Form open evening. It’s a great evening – I love talking about my subject. However, I am interested to see that the Cambridge Technical is seeming more popular for my potential KS5 students next year. After a few months of teaching it, I can see the appeal. Unit 1 feels very similar to a slimmed down MS4 to me, with a focus on the film industry and three key texts – in our case, Paddington 2, I, Daniel Blake and Guardians of the Galaxy. We will be starting on scriptwriting next and it generally feels like a good step into the industry.
We have also had more students on the Creative iMedia rather than the GCSE in the last two years at KS4. It does concern me that the A Level and GCSE are not as appealing as they once were. While there are some things that I relish with the reform, I honestly believe we should have more students taking Media and questioning all that surrounds them. I guess time will tell – overall, we have growing numbers in the subject, just less on the GCSE and A Level. I’m aware of schools that are faring less well – with the subject being cut or replaced with other subjects… and I think this is a real shame. Media as a subject offers so much, including soft skills of project management, debating and critical exploration of texts.