Explore Scotland on Film with our new resource

22 Sep 2016

5 mins
Sunset Song
Sunset Song

Into Film's dynamic new Scotland on Film resource is an engaging curriculum-linked teaching resource for educators working with 7-18 year-olds, featuring downloadable teachers' notes and a PowerPoint presentation with embedded film clips. Launched this month at the Scottish Learning Festival, it is designed to celebrate Scotland's rich contribution to film and help teachers engage with film as a core learning tool.

The activities within the resource are designed to encourage educators and young people to explore Scotland through film, focusing specifically on two central themes: Language and Identity. From classic cinema through to modern day representations of the nation, the resource touches on history, myth, and culture. It also uses film with accompanying Scots language texts, encouraging students to explore the language in historical and modern contexts. The sections on identity cover many aspects of what it can mean to be Scottish, from personal identity including LGBT, to rural and city living.

Our film club has helped pupils to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens. Without question this scheme directly supports all four capacities encapsulated in the Curriculum for Excellence.

Michael Crawford, Cardinal Newman High School, North Lanarkshire

Created in partnership with Education Scotland, The Scottish Book Trust, LGBT Youth (Scotland) and Arpeggio Pictures, Scotland on Film supports teachers to use film as a core way of teaching the Curriculum for Excellence. Films featured include: Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG), Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (PG), Sunset Song (15) and short film Take Your Partners; activities range from discussing what films made in Scotland tell us about Scotland, and exploring book-to-film adaptations and the Scots language through film, to poetry writing and simple filmmaking.

Film is an important text within the English curriculum and we seek to utilise it at every opportunity. It also serves to provide a supporting context for other avenues of study; such as novels, functional writing and stimulus for creative writing.

Michael Daly, John Paul Academy, Glasgow

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