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KS4 Media Studies Starters

nicoleponsford | Wednesday September 12, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, KS4 Media Studies Starters

5 in a Row

These starters are aimed at being spread over a week or more. By doing this, you can break up development tasks, and ensure they compliment the unit you are looking at. This translates as having 5 separate activities across two teaching weeks, for example.

Media Timeline

Create a class Media timeline. Based on which mediums you are looking at that term (eMedia or print for example), you could ask a student to research and present as a starter activity (who said starters had to be started by the teacher?) Alternatively you could get them to look at decades across mediums. This would also result in a classroom display!

Heads Down for a Full House!

Another idea is to look at ‘Heads Down’ activities. These can be activities on the (interactive) board, but where you can meet and great (collect work / have brief chats with students as they enter the room) your class. This is a good idea to establish, so they know to come in quietly, look at the board for instructions and get on with it. You can help by putting their books out / handing them paper at the door. If you set it with a 10 minute slot from the lesson ‘start’, this means you can always pick out the latecomers and get them to do this in DT (as they did not do it in the lesson). These can include Media Briefs.

Media Briefs

Give students a title of a production and get them to storyboard it. This is a great way to ensure they stop being so precious about their ideas.

Here are some ideas:

  • The Wood (Horror / Drama)
  • Silent Fall (Thriller / Horror)
  • Urban Attack (Horror / Drama)
  • Rise of the Thing (Horror / Sci-Fi)
  • Two Much (Rom Com)


You can always get them to play ‘musical’ storyboards afterwards. You play music - stop it - and they pass their work around the room for someone else to fill in the next cell.

Key Concepts (wall display, presentation or classwork)

You can have a Key Concept theme for a module.

  • Genre | Give pairs a genre and they need...

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