On Wednesday, 11th July, six Cowley students spent the morning with the BBC at Salford Quays learning about the production of the Breakfast television show. The students could enjoy the World Cup excitement while it lasted as they watched the filming of a lively programme complete with noisy brass band, a caricature painter and presenters Charlie Stayt and Louise Minchin wearing waistcoats in support of Southgate’s England and the semi-final showdown playing that evening.
Although we had bad news from the national team later on, the students had a very productive day watching the filming of the Breakfast show while investigating how the news is produced to inform their studies for A Level English Language. As well as watching the filming of the show in the studio and outside, the students spent time in the gallery area where the production team control and edit what is happening live to make the final transmission.
To continue their activities, the students then travelled to the John Rylands Library to find out about the collection of historic news texts and original printing presses there and also visited the Imperial War Museum North.
The day ended back at Media City with a tour of the TV studios visiting where shows like The Voice, Jeremy Kyle and Blue Peter are filmed. TV and radio star Craig Charles was spotted at one point, and the students could even put into practice what they saw that morning on the Breakfast show with one student trying her hand at being a TV weather presenter.
After an early start, meeting at school at 6:15 in the morning, the students had experienced a full day of activities and were ready to go home and enjoy the evening’s entertainment. Shame about the football but it didn’t stop them from saying, ‘This is the best school trip ever!’