Back-to-school resources for Autumn

31 Aug 2017

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Student at computer with teacher
Student at computer with teacher

As young people and film clubs around the UK return to school for a new year, we've collected together and highlighted some of our great free resources to help you plan how best to use film to benefit your pupils this Autumn 2017 term - a period which features a range of key educational calendar events.

Our free resources are packed full of practical ideas and activities for using film creatively and effectively in class or at your school film club, with many including PowerPoint presentations with embedded film clips. Not a club leader yet? Our resources are designed to be used alongside selected film titles which can be ordered from us by setting up a free Into Film Club.

Into Film resources are something that we utilise to great effect. The resources have provided a platform that makes learning accessible and fun, helping students to find their way and bridging the attainment gap.

Michael Daly, Teacher at John Paul Academy, Glasgow


Celebrate literacy on Roald Dahl Day, get students talking on International Day of Debating and journey through cultures on European Day of Languages. 

Roald Dahl Day (13 September) - A wonderful opportunity to celebrate the world-renowned author and the power of literacy and storytelling. Roald Dahl on Film is a cross-curricular resource which captivates students and helps them explore many of Roald Dahl's most popular stories. The resource also includes a separate Roald Dahl Day assembly presentation. A Welsh version of this resource is available.

International Day of Debating (15 September) - Our Film, Democracy and Debate resource and separate assembly (produced in partnership with Debate Mate), are great vehicles for encouraging pupils to engage with democracy and debating.

European Day of Languages (26 September) - Learn how to use short film in your foreign language lessons by joining our free online training course, created in partnership with the BFI and Futurelearn. As well as this free online course, our European Day of Languages resource helps 7-19 year olds engage with language and culture through activities and films. For students aged 7-11, try our Love Languages: French and our Love Languages: Spanish resource, which use film texts to develop pupils' speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the target language. 


Inspire students during Black History Month and start conversations around wellbeing on World Mental Health Day.

Black History Month (1 - 31 October) - Our suite of Black Star resources, produced to support the BFI's Black Star programme, includes Diversity on Film: Black Star, an assembly looking at diversity in the British film industry. A range of curricular resources for use with students aged 11 - 16 are also available including Black Star: The Power of Persuasive speech, and Black Star: Diversity and Equality, each of which can be used for children aged 7 - 11 as a stimulus to spark discussion and support the curriculum.

World Mental Health Day (10 October) - Introducing discussions about mental health can often be challenging. With our Mindfulness Through Film resource you can participate in mindful activities and create a conversation with your students highlighting the importance of mental health and wellbeing. We also have a range of film guides supporting this topic, including for Inside Out (7-16), Love and Mercy (14+) and Amy (14+), allowing you to explore the key themes of this sensitive subject through informal discussion.


Engage students with the issue of bullying during Anti-Bullying Week and explore multiple subjects on Remembrance Day.

Anti-Bullying Week (13 - 17 November) - Produced with support from the Anti-Bullying Alliance, our Anti-Bullying on Film resource is always popular. Continuing the Roald Dahl theme from September, our Learning Through Film: Fantastic Mr Fox resource, along with our film guides for Matilda, can be used to support Anti-Bullying Week, along with guides for other films including Eleanor's Secret and The Ant Bully. For older pupils, check out our Whiplash and Just Jim film guides.

Remembrance Day (11 November) - Produced in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, our set of cross curricular Private Peaceful resources, aimed primarily at students aged 11-14, provide an in-depth and collaborative way to commemorate World War One and Remembrance Day. For a less structured look at the topic, try our Testament of Youth film guide. In addition, get hands-on with our Dunkirk: The Dynamo Challenge resource and encourage your students to connect with the heroic events surrounding Dunkirk.

Parliament Week (13 - 19 November) - Like September's International Day of Debating, our Film, Democracy and Debate resource and separate assembly can once again help to engage your students in the world of politics and democracy during November's Parliament Week.

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