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Full Steam Ahead as pupils learn through filmmaking

Alana Coulter and Claire Adams (Kilronan School), Steven Kelly (Phoenix IPS) and Emma Cormie (Eglinton PS)

PRIMARY school pupils are being taught film analysis to help improve their literacy skills.

Full Steam Ahead is a two year project that uses filmmaking as an educational tool, enabling pupils to make their own films and learn skills such as stop motion animation, storyboarding and script writing.

The project, run by Into Film in partnership with the Nerve Centre in Derry and Nerve Belfast, instructed teachers how to use film in the classroom to develop and support learning.

Project coordinator Nichola Clarke said it was amazing to see teachers grow in confidence and develop a creative approach to the curriculum using film.

"I've seen teachers begin this project with no prior experience in using film literacy or curricular filmmaking, to having just delivered their own CPD (Continuing Professional Development) session to their staff in these areas," she said.

"What this means is that every pupil in participating schools will be given the opportunity to engage with the curriculum through film, and that is what makes this project such a great success."

Louise Mayne of St Anne's PS in Belfast was one of the teachers who participated.

"Pupils were engaged from the outset, without exception. I am using these strategies on a weekly basis as part of my classroom practice and continue to enjoy and see the benefits for every learner, regardless of ability," she said.

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