Bridging the gap with Into Film Club visits

29 Nov 2019

6 mins
illustration of an Into Film Club watching a Rocket take off on screen
illustration of an Into Film Club watching a Rocket take off on screen

To help boost the way we engage with our network of Into Film Clubs, we're endeavouring to get out and personally visit more of them on a more regular basis, increasing our number of visits to schools and venues across the UK.

We are excited by increased opportunities to speak with club leaders, teachers and educators about the wider Into Film programme and to see how we can help support you in getting the most out of your Into Film Clubs. We'll also be taking this as an opportunity to gather feedback regarding what is working well, and gain a deeper understand of the innovative ways in which the Into Film programme is being used. Our findings will ensure that best practices are shared with other leaders and improve the way we can support our network.

Below, you can see a snapshot of two of our recent visits, and get an insight into some of the exciting activities and ways of engaging with film and education that we're helping facilitate in schools and Into Film Clubs across the country. We'll be bringing you insights into even more schools in the coming months.

During the autumn, Into Film staff visited both Heathlands School for Deaf Children in St Albans and Norbury Manor Primary School in London.

At Heathlands, of which OFSTED state that "pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school", our visit coincided with an Artsmark Celebration event; the school have been working towards their Artsmark Award for over a year. As part of the day, Key Stage 3 students showcased a film they had made and led a Skills Sharing session with their fellow students, in activities such as iPad drawing; editing; acting and photography. The afternoon culminated in keynote speeches from BAFTA breakthrough Brit, deaf actor Ashley Kendall, who characterised signing as the utmost form of storytelling and emphasised how important creativity is in young people.

We also visited Norbury Manor Primary School in London, to hand out the prizes for their latest all-school film competition, after having run a ‘Design a Roald Dahl Movie Poster' competition, and being inundated with entries from all academic years! Norbury Manor were also among the winners of our very own Wonder Park roller coaster design competition, winning the opportunity to demonstrate their STEM learning prowess by displaying their winning roller coasters at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

If you would like an Into Film staff member to visit your school, venue or Into Film Club, simply email your regional coordinator, contact us at info@intofilm.org and we'll be in touch!

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