UKEdMag: Using film to enhance English learning by @_LucyHarper_

Learning should always be innovative to empower children’s understanding. Subjects, such as English, should not only use texts and written activities, as these become mundane.

This article originally appeared in Issue 47 of UKEd Magazine. Click here to read the magazine.

Teachers need to move away from the abstract and provide a more concrete experience with the interconnectedness of subjects being at the heart of any lesson planning to motivate and challenge pupils.

Recently considering cross-curricular learning in English I embedded the use of film; children listen to a film clip without seeing the visual images, discuss, watch again with the images and then produce their own film on either what happened prior or after in the clip. Children’s learning is scaffolded from the outset; just listening to the music develops their sense of empathy and scaffolds for emotive language in their own films. Consequently, a context is provided for the children to write their own sections and these are based on the questions asked and discussed. Children can produce their films using resources found in the classroom and share their outcomes at the end of the lesson.

This teaching approach is accessible for all children and reduces the stigma of right or wrong. It provides a fantastic open-ended opportunity for learning. Children will find this lesson memorable rather than mundane which will inevitably enhance their learning.


@_LucyHarper_ Third-year BEd Primary Student – Cheltenham

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