Principles

Film education includes three elements: critical (understanding and analysing films); cultural (widening learners’ experience of film) and creative (learners make films themselves). There are opportunities for each of these across the curriculum, and it can be valuable to combine all three approaches.

Critical

You can use this approach in English, eg by students analysing how camera, sound and editing are used in an adaptation, a documentary or a persuasive text such as an advertisement. You can also use these techniques to analyse moving image sources and interpretations in History.

Cultural

You can use unfamiliar films, and films from different countries and periods, in a range of subjects. ‘World cinema’ can be used to explore citizenship and issues such as globalisation. Older films can help students to learn about life in the past, and experimental films can be used for stimulus in Art and Music.

Creative

Filmmaking can be used as a way of recording, analysing and depicting processes from Science experiments to Dance performances; to present information in subjects from Mathematics to History: and for creative expression in English, Drama, Art and Music.

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