Join our new Online Course: Filmmaking for Primary Literacy

01 Mar 2021

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Join our new Online Course:  Filmmaking for Primary Literacy

We're delighted to announce Filmmaking for Primary Literacy, our latest online course for teachers that will add a new level of excitement to literacy learning and help you bring the curriculum to life.

Whether you're a new or experienced filmmaker, our course will help broaden your range of classroom strategies and transform your pupils' engagement in literacy. This course will help you to celebrate pupils' unique voices and put them at the centre of their own learning, while your learning journey will leave you feeling confident in using film both in the classroom and online.

The course starts Monday 22 March 2021, and is free for all state schools. All you need to take the course is an Into Film Account, which is free and only takes a moment to set up.

Housed on our Learning Platform - alongside our current Teaching Literacy Through Film and Leading Whole School Change Through Film courses - the practical modules in the course will show you how to use filmmaking to engage your class in a range of literacy topics, starting with fast, fun and edit-free filmmaking. You'll gain a deeper understanding of how filmmaking can encourage self-expression, creativity and literacy skills in pupils of all ability levels.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Plan, film and edit your own literacy-focused short film using simple equipment and software
  • Confidently use our simple five-step filmmaking framework with your pupils
  • Design new filmmaking projects to address key literacy skills such as speaking and listening, as well as writing fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Embed effective peer and self-evaluation skills into pupil learning.

You'll have free access to ready-to-use downloadable lessons ideal in busier times and can access course content at your own pace, with pre-recorded content and self-study tasks, and get involved with our two free live webinars, which give you the chance to pose questions to filmmaking experts, share ideas and gain access to exclusive additional content not available as part of the course. The webinars will be held mid-way through and at the end of the course:

  • Building Confidence in Filmmaking for Primary Literacy - Wednesday 21 April, 17:00
    Taking place midway through the course, this session aims to further increase your confidence in facilitating filmmaking projects in literacy lessons. A guided activity will explore how filmmaking can strengthen pupils' comprehension and visualisation skills, and you'll receive step-by-step support with a simple filmmaking task.
  • Futureproofing Filmmaking for Primary Literacy - Wednesday 26 May, 17:00
    This post-course session offers participants the chance to share experiences of implementing learnings and explores how films can be made in different contexts, even with limited resources. You'll learn how film editing skills can help pupils organise written work, and see inspiring youth-made films created under challenging lockdown conditions.

Both of these webinars are also available in Welsh language, please email if you'd like to attend.

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