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Jemma Evans, from Penybont Primary School in Bridgend, first appeared in our annual report in 2014. Nearly 10 years later - and after winning Teacher of the Year 2022 she reveals why filmmaking is still so important to her pupils.
"I've always been passionate about film - I'm obsessed! When I first set up my film club, I knew it was something I could pour my heart into that would also benefit my school. When I found out about everything else Into Film offered, I was hooked; film has been part of my teaching ever since. I can't imagine not using it.
We made a short film called Big Money Surprise! that featured in the 2014 report. Pupils involved in that film are now at comprehensive school and flourishing in media studies and drama classes. My current film club members are just as dedicated. We made a short film called The Bully that was used as a resource on our Seesaw learning platform during Anti-Bullying Week for other children to learn from.
Pupils involved in our past filmmaking are now at comprehensive school and flourishing in media studies and drama classes.Jemma Evans, Teacher at Penybont Primary School, Bridgend, Wales
We've also used green screen filming to support the curriculum. So, when we studied the Moon landing, the pupils created a TV studio in the classroom and were filming little news reports. They've also done instructional videos for maths lessons - children like to learn from each other rather than listening to me all the time.
The film club has influenced the whole school. When we did a Back to the Future topic, every year studied a different time period. I got a company to bring a DeLorean into the school; when it drove in, the kids went wild! They filmed a mini documentary about it, and everyone watched the film in the school hall later.
Film is an incredible vehicle for learning; it's now my go-to for a quick clip or linking something to a character they can feel empathy with. It's just brilliant for them to hear other people's stories and to be able to tell their own stories through filmmaking. There are no boundaries in film - everyone can access it."
Want to try your own hand at filmmaking with your class or film club? The Into Film Awards 2024 is open for entries until 31 March 2024, giving you plenty of time to submit an existing film, or create a brand new one. Find out more about the Into Film Awards below.
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