Film in the Curriculum

These are a few of the ways that film education can contribute to learning across the curriculum.

PRIMARY SECONDARY
KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 16+

English
Use moving images as a stimulus for speaking and listening
Use short films to develop understanding of narrative and point of view
Use moving images as a stimulus for writing, eg letters, news items, film reviews
View the opening scene from an adaptation before reading the book, and consider what it tells the viewer about genre, narrative and character
Translate a short film excerpt into a written story, poem, news report or letter
Make a film adaptation of a story or a scene from a book
Use filmmaking to explore the imagery in a poem
Explore and compare the techniques used in print and moving image texts
Explore how film language techniques are used for effect and persuasion in propaganda and documentary films
Analyse or compare film versions of literary texts, considering features such as depiction of characters, narrative structure and the use of film language
Write film scripts

History
View archive film to develop understanding of an historical period
Use clay animation to depict an historical event
Make film documentaries incorporating archive footage
Make fiction films based on an historical period or event, perhaps one in the local area
Compare, analyse and discuss different (fictional or documentary) film representations of an historical period, event or character
Explore the techniques used in propaganda films

Geography
Use film to record and present information about an area, eg the local area, or an area visited on a field trip
Use clay animation to represent geographical processes, eg glaciation or the formation of oxbow lakes
View, discuss and consider fiction or documentary representations of places, natural phenomena or environmental issues.
View contrasting fiction films about a country and consider how they represent it

Modern foreign languages
Watch a film excerpt in the target language, listening for specific words or phrases
View films to develop country-specific knowledge
Make films (using either live action or animation) of fictional stories, or real-life scenarios such as visiting a shop or going to the dentist.
Script and perform a voiceover in the target language for a film sequence
Create a film advertisement in the target language
View film extracts in the target language to develop comprehension skills; use visual and audio clues – eg lighting, performance, music, sound effects – to aid understanding

Science
Use film to record experiments
Use film techniques, eg closeups, timelapse and slow motion, to analyse and demonstrate processes and principles
Use fiction and factual films to stimulate discussion and writing about aspects of a scientific debate, eg global warming, overfishing, genetic engineering

Design and technology
Use video to record product testing and disassembly, eg using slow-motion, timelapse
Use film as part of the design research process
Design characters and sets to make an animated film
Make films to explain the function of components in a product, eg through a disassembly with explanatory voiceover

Mathematics
Use video cameras to collect examples of shapes, numbers, patterns, angles
Watch films that feature simple numbers and shapes
Make animations to explain mathematical or geometric principles
Use video cameras to record and plot movement, eg to show that the trajectory of a thrown ball is a parabola

Citizenship
Use short films, children’s films and feature films to stimulate discussion and writing about issues of citizenship. Using film can provide a way for children to address personal issues at one remove.
Explore the techniques which films use to present issues, groups, institutions or events in positive or negative ways
Explore issues of film censorship and regulation
Consider how representations can change over time, by viewing modern and older films
Create campaigning videos on specific issues
Make fiction or documentary films about their own lives or local problems. Use techniques such as animation, montage and film poems to explore difficult or challenging issues.

PE, Dance
Use video as a way to immediately review performance and correct technique
Create films which use slow-motion, freeze-frame, close-up and voiceover to explain technique in detail

Drama
Use video to review and improve performance
View film extracts to explore aspects of performance
Make a film version of a drama performance

Music
Use a short film sequence as stimulus for a simple composition
Create a soundtrack for a short film sequence
Create a film interpretation of a piece of music
Analyse the techniques used in the score for a film sequence
Create several different soundtracks for the same sequence to change the genre or mood
Create a piece of music to use as the basis for a montage or title sequence
Use a cue sheet to plan a score

Art
Use video to collect examples of shapes, colours or patterns
Look for examples of shapes, colours, patterns in film extracts
Use video to record making processes
Use video to record observations
Create animations including sets and models
Create costume and set designs for films
Investigate artist and non-narrative filmmakers
Create abstract/montage films
Explore the use of lighting in film
Explore animation techniques used in title sequences
Create title sequences using these techniques 

 

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