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With International Literacy Day (8 September) having just passed, we're happy to bring you our recent Q&A with learning mentor, Into Film Club leader and Into Film ambassador, Jonathan Wood on his experience of our Raising Literacy through Film training sessions.
Jonny covers everything that you need to know, from how he first got involved with Into Film and his general approach with training sessions to the myriad of ways that he has applied what he learned in his classroom and club.
Explore exciting approaches to improve literacy through film and come away with a range of activities to try out with your learners.
Build on your prior knowledge and explore additional strategies to use film to improve literacy outcomes.
I started a few years ago with our school film club. I branched out into filmmaking with our club and then became an Into Film ambassador.
Through our work with Daniel Clifford in the Ambassadors meetings. Myself and Daniel are very passionate about film and are very keen to promote the benefits of film in the curriculum. We have booked further training at our school and have pushed this out to our MAT so that our partner schools can see how film is beneficial.
That film can be used for any situation. It is easily accessible for anyone. Film is a huge learning tool. Children can relate to film and it can bring out amazing ideas and work from them.
I think seeing teachers faces when they realise how easy and important film can be. We have tried for years to show the importance of film in school but it has been dismissed quite quickly. Having Into Film in to promote and educate has been fantastic.
We have used a few ideas in our film club. I have taken a few of the ideas back into year 1. We used the clips to help with imaginative writing. The children have then used story boarding to write and order their writing.
I have always tried to use film in the classroom. I have noticed that some of our other teachers have started using it as a learning tool rather than entertainment. This has been great to see throughout our school.
Yes. We run a review club following the screenings at our film club. We have grown the numbers of children who want to come and review. Children are now taking their own notes during the film and then taking this to write their reviews. We can see how much they have developed in their writing skills and they used to write one sentence. Now they are writing a page or more. The children can now name camera angles and explain why they were used. They can explain the used of music and sound effects to change the feeling of a scene.
We have noticed that some of our more shy children express themselves when talking about film. During filmmaking sessions children feel they can be someone else. They can be a character and can come out of their shell. The children learn a lot without feeling like we are trying to assess them. Seeing personal development of the children during filmmaking sessions makes it all worthwhile.
Yes. I would love to see this in every school. We are moving to a digital world and I think film is a great way of learning. It opens up opportunities to take learning in different ways.
If you're feeling inspired by Jonny's story, head to our Training page to see all the different online, face to face and careers in film opportunities that you can sign up for.
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Explore exciting approaches to improve literacy through film and come away with a range of activities to try out with your learners.View page
Build on your prior knowledge and explore additional strategies to use film to improve literacy outcomes.View page
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