Ways to be creative with curriculum filmmaking in schools

How can we make the most of the creative opportunities within our curriculum?

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We all know that the chance to be creative is crucial to a child’s overall development. But it can be a challenge to find the time to introduce creative projects into the school day. More and more, we see creative learning relegated to the realms of extra curricular clubs, as other valuable subject areas compete for both time and attention in the curriculum. It takes a real commitment on behalf of the school to embed creative learning throughout the curriculum, but this brings worthwhile advantages, helping the school to stand out to many parents seeking a creative environment for their child. It’s where we see children truly flourish into well-rounded individuals ready to take their next steps.

In our increasingly digital age, children are more media literate than ever before and filmmaking is quickly becoming as much as a creative staple as drama or music. Just one of the benefits is that it enables you to combine several creative disciplines at once – from art and design, to performance, along with the technical and creative skills associated with filmmaking itself.

Using film is a perfect tool for school leaders to combine creative development with academic learning. As artist Banksy once said, “Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world.”

In the process of making a film children engage in the creative process, taking away new skills in initiating and developing their ideas, collaboration, communication and expression, as well as learning all about the art of filmmaking. In addition, there is the opportunity to explore a broad range of subject matter.

Perhaps you could explore a history topic like the Victorians, a Shakespeare play, or a class reader. There are inspirations to be found all over the curriculum. Making a film is a fun way to deepen a child’s exploration and learning of the subject. Other inspirations may come from aspects of school life. A behind the scenes documentary of the school play can engage wider groups of children. Perhaps an anti-bullying campaign, or a ‘Walk to School’ video made by the children can help key values to resonate.

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The long-term benefits for children are far reaching: the Warwick Commission recently valued the UK creative industries at £76.9bn. Unsurprisingly, it’s also the fastest growing sector for jobs creation; finely honed creative and digital skills are becoming increasingly valuable for future success.

Making a film opens up many possibilities, however it can also be quite an undertaking. Post-production activities such as uploading footage, editing and DVD production take up a lot of time and it can be tricky to find the right skillset within the school to produce a film effectively. And so the question arises: how can we best implement these opportunities for our children?

This is the problem that we have faced head on. Through research, we have developed a set of practical film projects for children designed especially to fit flexibly within school timetables, bringing together expertise in film production, the benefits of creative learning and curriculum links.

Through practical activities and specialist guidance, children take away a host of new skills in filmmaking, including acting and performance, media literacy and video editing. Teachers also gain CPD opportunities from working alongside professional filmmakers. There are celebratory screening events that can help bring parents and the wider school community into the experience.

If you would like to learn more about our new projects for schools, take a look here:

And if you have any questions or queries about please do call 020 71019329 or email education@studiofilmschool.co.uk.

Donna Bamford
Studio Film School

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