Media projects in the computing curriculum is an initiative by the secondary school computing teacher to continue promoting the shift from learning only ICT to also learning computer science and digital literacy. The aim is to enhance the new computing curriculum, introduced by the government in 2014, by teaching film production as an integral part of lessons for every class. The reason behind this is that computing needs to incorporate creativity because in the world beyond school students have and will go on to choose subjects such as media, computer gaming, animation, lighting or sound design. There is a wide choice of sectors which use these skills and students will be expected to contribute creatively and produce work that contributes towards the overall production process.
Media projects at Heathlands School
One of the KS3 attainment targets from the government’s computing programme of study is “Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals…” DfE, September 2013
In previous years this was delivered as the creation of a students’ esafety video about “Internet Trolls”, which won the Herts e-safety competition, using a flip camera and windows moviemaker software. Last academic year was the use of new school ipads and imovie apps to create a 10 minute film where students chose different parts of the school to creatively record a tour and then it was edited as one film. This was requested and then shown at a celebration of Heathlands School’s 40th Birthday.
Summer term 2016 brought a deaf professional filmmaker, Louis Neethling, who ran an “Into Film” project with the amazing new equipment for the school: camera, lights and apple mac, with some funding kindly given by Hertsmere DFAS. Please see the "INTO FILM" Project pages on this website for more information.
About the projects
In this section of the website are a collection of recent media projects from both lower and upper school. Some of our projects are explicitly cross-curricular, for example "The Enormous Crocodile" is a literacy project, the "Willow Newsround" is part of PSCHEE, learning to campaign. The "Stranger Danger" links to esafety and "The Great Fire of London" is a history project. Some projects develop the children's digital literacy skills to animate, film, edit and/or subtitle their work, some enable the children to present ideas visually whilst developing drama skills and some focus on digital teaching and learning through personalised visual media.
We are proud to say the "Herts Great Schools" project was a finalist in the Herts Advertiser School Awards, held annually. Some children represented the group at the Awards Ceremony on 28th June 2017 - what a lovely time they had!