Sci-fi in the classroom

Time travel through film history, with our top ten must-see titles for young people.

We have lift off! As part of the BFI’s latest blockbuster season Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder we present Sci-Fi in the Classroom – a top 10 countdown of fantastic films which will take younger audiences on a trip to infinity and beyond!

Time travel through cinema history with our stellar selection of sci-fi films from the earliest silents and inventive animation to the epic journey that is 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). To accompany these titles, teachers have created a cosmic collection of resources and lesson ideas which explore how science fiction can energise a range of subjects from English and Music to Physics. Boldly go where no teacher has gone before and discover how Wallace and Gromit’s A Grand Day Out (1989) can help teach aerodynamics in space, or how 70s eco-classic Silent Running (1972) and Kenyan short Pumzi (2009) illustrate the ethical and environmental impacts of technology.

Download the PDFs on each page to see how you can start using the films in the classroom. And why not kick-off with our Sci-fi Bingo game?

All these lesson ideas are also available on our BFI Education profile page on TES Connect.

A selection of our top ten titles will be showing from October to December at BFI Southbank as well as at our partner venues across the UK. You can also view them at the Into Film Festival as part of the BFI Sci-Fi strand, from 4-21 November 2014 and on BFI Player.

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