There are many great collections of web materials currently available to support children’s learning, particularly with film, so we thought it would be useful to gather a list of 30 or so that we like the look of. They are organised by the key subject areas we work with: Modern Languages (all age phases); Film and Media Studies (which tend to be 14-19); Primary; and general film education for a wider engagement with film.
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Modern Foreign Languages
General language websites with film content
The Association for Language Learning.
Teaching guide to working with film in A level and beyond.
This is American and is mainly paid-for content, but you can download sample lessons for free.
The Film in Language Teaching Association, convened by Carmen Herrera at Manchester Metropolitan University.
This website is for all languages and is promoting a language teaching app, but has some decent guides on using film in language teaching.
Lots of resources using film for French, Spanish and German.
A BFI microsite compiling short films and teaching materials for the four main MFL languages.
Teach It Languages
UCL Confucius Institute
Materials for the Pre U syllabus key film texts.
Film and Media Studies
English and Media Centre’s Media Magazine
Features online and printed materials to support Film and Media Studies — subscription only.
BFI’s funded delivery partner for film education across the UK has hundreds of online curriculum resources and ideas for activities and films to watch at home.
The London Film School
Offering live online courses and tutorials, for free.
Offers online classes created for students of all skill levels. Film and photography courses led by Martin Scorsese and Annie Leibovitz. Paid-for content.
The National Film and Television School is conducting Virtual Masterclasses.
Raindance – The Lockdown Sessions
Paid for access to online tutorials from filmmakers.
A database of hundreds of downloadable scripts, screenplays and transcripts of current and classic movies, television, anime, unproduced and radio shows.
Women Make Movies
A good source of feminist film. Their current catalogue includes plot synopses and biographical information on the filmmakers. Also offers resources for aspiring filmmakers, with information on funding opportunities, internships and job opportunities.
Primary and families
Features curriculum-linked clips, lessons and resources, and have recently expanded their Bitesize offer.
The education website of the British Board of Film Classification, featuring articles and information on how and why films have age ratings.
Disney 10 Minute Shakeups
These are 10-minute activities based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day.
While Film Education closed a long while ago, their online resources to accompany films, including activities and questions, are still live.
Into Film have resources for all ages, including Key Stages 1 and 2. They have hundreds of resource packs and lesson ideas based on specific film titles. Registration is required but free.
Features downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube.
General film education websites
The Cinémathèque Française has run a film education programme for 25 years called ‘Le Cinema cent ans de jeunesse.’ It mixes watching, making and discussing films on a new theme every year. It has a website of resources and activities, in English.
Learning on Screen (British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council) Box of Broadcasts (BOB)
Online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions.
Teach With Movies
Finds ways of supporting a wide range of learning through contemporary feature film releases.