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Media Studies Curriculum Intent: Understanding Media Studies Curriculum DREAM

Purpose: This document sets out how [Insert Subject] approaches Curriculum Intent at Eaton Bank Academy.

Design How have you designed your curriculum to be broad, balanced and ambitious?
KS3 draws on a broader understanding of technology and the media. Students are introduced to how technology influences the modern world and are able to interpret this effect on audiences through using technology to create their own projects through web building and graphic design.


KS4 curriculum covers the whole theoretical framework, including media industry information, in depth analysis of media language, representations of people, events and issues and the study of the effect on audiences. During KS4, students study a variety of media forms, including print media, moving image and recent online content.


The curriculum is always up to date, ensuring that students can study both historical and modern texts. This therefore gives students a broader understanding of the influence of media in the modern world and how this effects their everyday lives.

Rationale What is the rationale behind your curriculum design and ordering of content over time?
Within Media Studies, the curriculum is designed to solidify students required skills and gradually build on this as they explore more media forms and theories. This allows the students to have the ‘know how’ and to therefore be able to succeed across multiple studies.


Students are assessed regularly with a clear focus within each unit. This allows both students and teachers to understand where students are in precreation for exams, as well as address any misconceptions early into students studies.


Learning is assessed habitually, so as to be securely learned. This allows students to explore more contexts and media forms through the skills they have habitually practiced.


Equality How is your curriculum accessible and purposeful for all students, including SEND, Disadvantaged and Higher Ability Learners?
Media Studies involves opportunities for success for all students. During theory studies, students are given the opportunity to consider deeper meanings behind texts and expand on initial understanding. Furthermore, learning is sequenced to allow this, giving students the opportunity to learn theories at a basic level, then build on their analytical skills as they study more media forms and are introduced to more contexts.


Students are also challenged to include prior knowledge of other subjects within their analytical skills. This includes literacy skills, as well as specific elements of further understanding through prior knowledge of historical contexts.


Students also complete a practical unit and can consider their theoretical knowledge through making their own media products. This solidifies students understanding of concepts and theories, whilst allowing creative and practically minded students an opportunity to illustrate their knowledge and understanding.

Aims, Vision & Values What is the aim of your curriculum and how does this support the aims and values of the school?
The Media Studies curriculum allows students to study a variety of texts and media forms that are relevant to the students’ everyday lives. This focus allows students to understand the power of the media, as well as explore how it links and effects their other courses of study.


Furthermore, the curriculum offers a platform to a wide range of voices and experiences across different genders, cultures, religions, races and ethnicities. As well as an in depth exploration of the world around them through studying political, historical, cultural and social contexts.


Media studies reflects the values of the school as students are encouraged to think deeply about the media they consume as well as making curriculum links that spark an interest in learning and exploring relevant contexts.

Misconceptions How do you address misconceptions in your subject to support students’ learning?
Potential for misconception is built into planning and addressed through skilful questioning, modelling and carefully managed discussion.  All lessons are framed by a learning question meaning students are clear about the aim of the lesson.  Moreover, units of work are enhanced by pre-planned student workbooks in which we share the curriculum with learners, allowing them to look backwards or forwards in their learning journey.


Media studies as a subject, allows for lots of discussion around possible misconceptions as we explore the effect of the media on audiences as well as further meanings behind texts. Students are able to explore how audiences have misconceptions around different media texts, and this metacognition allows students to address their own misconceptions in an academic matter. As students are introduced to more contexts across their course of study, misconceptions are gradually irradicated through class discussion and understanding.

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