Structured to provide a bridging tool from film texts to written texts, our film programme helps learners to appreciate film at a deeper level by developing the same tools they would use to comprehend a written text.

Recommended 5-8

Learners will be taught to observe and ask the right questions through exploring film and written extracts. They will also develop extending reading skills across text type and genres.

Films used in the programme include*:
Matilda, Beauty and the Beast, Hugo and How to Train Your Dragon

Suggested reading materials:

Geronimo Stilton series

The Dragonsitter series by Josh Lacey

Supercat series by Jeanne Willis

Penguin Pandemonium series – Jeanne Willis

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Recommended 8-11

Learners will understand how to watch and analyse the film text to examine the key issues raised. They will also develop responsive writing and creative skills.

Films used in the programme include*:

The Lion King, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 

Suggested reading materials:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Recommended 11-13

Learners will look at the power and significance of the openings of films and novels. They will learn the techniques that writers and film makers user to build engagement so they can master these for themselves.

Films used in the programme include*:

Groundhog Day, Amelie, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
and Edward Scissorhands

Suggested reading materials:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

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Recommended 13+

Learners will focus on the structural components and narrative devices that films and novels employ to tell a compelling story. They will evaluate the creator’s intentions and the degree of success with which these are achieved.

Films used in the programme include*:

Forrest Gump, The Notebook, 127 Hours, Great Expectations
and The Truman Show

Suggested reading materials:

Between A Rock and A Hard Place by Aron Ralston

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

1984 by Ray Bradbury

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*Titles are subject to change.