Must See Movies: Classics

The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant




Medium (5-11 activities)


England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Some films have a timeless, enduring quality, and are handed down from generation to generation for whole new audiences to fall in love with. These films have the power to make us laugh, cry and think learning a little more about ourselves and the world we live in along the way. What's more, these are films to be enjoyed time and again, by ourselves when we are in a particular mood, or better yet, settling down with friends and family to share the experience and magic for the first or hundredth time.  

The films in this strand have been grouped in four strands: The Hero's Journey, Historical England, Fantastical Locations, and Unforgettable Companions. For each strand, there are activity outlines and extension activities that can be used for work with any of the films listed in that section. The activities in this resource examine how the enduring nature of storytelling can be revisited again and again throughout cinema, whilst also whisking pupils on an exciting journey that takes in fantastical destinations, unforgettable companions and showcases the prevailing courage that resides in the hearts of the young. 

If you are looking for the Must See Movies Before You Grow Up family activities insted of the teacher resources,, you can download the Classics theme activity from the landing page.

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