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March 2018's Into Film Club of the Month is Bunscoil An Iuir in Newry, Northern Ireland, which is run by Cora Trainor, Deidre McManus and Helen Mallon. The school has been running an Into Film club since 2012. We spoke to Deidre to find out more about their film club.
We love running the film club because the children really enjoy it, in fact it's the busiest and most popular after school club here. We allow the children to bring treats to the club and this has encouraged them to share more which in turn helps them bond more with the other children and enhance their social skills. The children are very comfortable and confident in this environment as it is non-threatening and doesn't depend on academic level. All children can take part regardless of ability. Children from every rang (class) and academic ability/level take part in the Club Scannáin (Film Club), so there are great opportunities for friendships to be made across all ranga (classes). Taking part in film club has meant that the children form bonds and relationships with other children they would not normally come in contact with. This is great for their overall social and educational development, and has been great in developing a spirit of friendship amongst different year groups. It is also a good opportunity for siblings to get together.
Running a film club is a fun activity and this has had a positive impact on our bonding with the children, as the setting of the club is a more informal, relaxed one. Students who would normally find it difficult to communicate or express themselves freely find it much easier to do so when talking about and engaging with film, this has allowed us to see another side to the students that I would never have discovered during regular lessons.
Into Film activities act as a reward sometimes. The children do their homework before the film and this helps to motivate them. We try and attend as many out of school events with Into Film as possible, as they act as a reinforcement/reward for good behaviour or work. The leaders introduce the films for the week during assembly and as the children love their film club this motivates them for the week and then other children in the school also want to get involved.
Some of our film club members have benefited from filmmaking workshops using iPads. One of the three statutory Cross-Curricular skills for curricular assessment in Northern Ireland is the 5E's of using ICT. These are: Explore, Express, Exchange, Evaluate and Exhibit.
Filmmaking lends itself to providing members with a great opportunity to allow these concepts to be explored and developed in a variety of contexts. We hope to utilise these skills to their full potential in the future. The great thing about the Into Film activities is that they are fun, and educational, so the children get the best of both worlds. They love when members of the Into Film Group come into the school and do activities with them, e.g. recently we had a team in from both Into Film and AMMA [a multimedia creative learning centre] making a film with the children.
Also, we recently attended a local screening of Coco and a review writing workshop. The children loved it, it was like a school trip for them. Upon their return, they all wrote up reviews and the club subsequently won a prize for their review writing!
We are planning to encourage the involvement of other teachers in our school by adding them as members of the club, so that they can add films to the wish list. For example, if there is a particular subject they are teaching they can then go onto the Into Film website and add relevant films to their wish list. This would mean that the film choice would help consolidate classroom learning.
The support from the Into Film team has been very helpful and invaluable, so I would encourage new leaders to use this support. Get your film club up and running asap and get as many children as you can involved in it!
We would recommend the following films to other film clubs:
Hilarious but cuddly Will Ferrell comedy about a human who thinks he's one of Santa's elves.
Age group7–14 years
A modern, computer animated adaptation of Little Red Hood for all the family, following a police investigation into the events at Grandma's house.
Age group5–7 years
Eye-popping animation that has great fun mocking super-villain conventions.
Age group7–14 years
Live-action film based on the cartoon books about Gauls who foil the Roman army, in which Asterix and Obelix go to Greece for the Olympics.
Age group7–16 years
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A diverse selection of films that celebrate the importance of friendship across ages and generations.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films32
We spoke to Rhys Roberts, leader of our Into Film Club of the Month February 2018, who explains why getting children in to cinemas is such a rich experience.
Reading time 5 mins
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