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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Into Film Cymru Wales on Film resources launch at the Senedd

Yesterday was an amazing experience for us as a school, as we were invited by Into Film Cymru to showcase and celebrate the learning experiences we had when working on the pilot of their media literacy project. This event took place at the Senedd and was attended by many leading figures in education and politics in Wales. There were speeches from Professor Donaldson, Jane Hutt and Kirsty Williams. Oh, and from myself and two Year 6 pupils Eliza and Iwan...

We were invited to participate in this exciting project in the Summer term of the last academic year. This involved myself receiving training from Into Film Cymru and two fantastic education consultants in Tim Bleazard and Philip Webb. As a school we also received INSET from Into Film Cymru in film literacy.

The media literacy project focused on using a short film, The Girl and the Fox, as an impetus for a mini project using comprehension, inference and digital literacy skills. The experiences that the class got from this project were amazing and the learning that came from it was of a very high standard. Pupils got to experiencing using film as the driving force for learning literacy skills...and have a lot of film. They even planned, wrote, filmed, edited and produced their own short films.

Yesterday Into Film Cymru were launching their Wales on Film resources at the Senedd and invited us to not only showcase the learning that took place by having a stand but also asked us to present to the invited crowd. I invited two of our Year 6 school council members to accompany myself and Mrs Price and to have the opportunity to join me in presenting. Iwan and Eliza spoke well and were a credit to the school,

We then returned to our stand and shared and explained our experience to all guests who visited us. One such visitor was Professor Graham Donaldson, Chair of the Independent Advisory Group for the Welsh Government. He spent a considerable time talking to myself, Mrs Price, Eliza and Iwan and was very interested in the range of learning that took place throughout the project.

I shared the learning that took place on this very blog. You can follow the journey from start to finish below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
Session 8
Session 9
Session 10
Session 11
Session 12 part 1
Session 12 part 2
Session 13
Session 13 The Films


  1. Fantastic!!! So pleased to see that the primary film literacy work that began with the @BFI, spread to Bradford UNESCO City of Film & Curriculum Innovation Service is now impacting in primary schools in Wales. This approach genuinely engages pupils in literacy and raises attainment in writing and reading. Keep up the good work and let's hope English primary schools adopt it with as much conviction some time soon too! Find out more about Bradford's work here: www.bradfordfilmliteracy.com

  2. Hi Sarah. Many thanks for your kind words.