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Assessment Framework

In the previous step we heard John Peto speak about the rich opportunities that filmmaking offers as a tool for assessment and showcasing student work.

Film offers a great alternative for the assessment of student work through the creation of collaborative or individual projects such as podcasts and film essays. This type of assessment engages children, and gives them a huge degree of pride in their work (students are often very keen to showcase their completed work to teachers, friends and family). Additionally, our research shows that pupils feel they better retain information which has been assessed through the creation of film projects.

Not only can filmmaking be a fantastic tool for assessment, but the assessment process actually develops a further wide range of skills that may also be assessed! These include technical, time management, team working, enterprise and planning skills.

As we round up this 4 week course, now is a good time to consider all of the skills you’ve developed as a result of the activities you and they have taken part in. We’ve explored the use of the 3Cs and 3Ss framework and its use for textual deconstruction and analysis, we’ve examined the power of sound to inspire and enhance writing, we have developed storytelling, poetic and screenwriting capabilities and we’ve measured our successes through filmic evidence. That’s quite a range of skills!

If you would like to demonstrate just how much your students have gained through the implementation of these techniques in your classroom, attached below you’ll find a range of assessment grids related to analysis, planning, writing and filmmaking skills which you can use to assess your students’ progress in each of these areas.

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Teaching Literacy Through Film

The British Film Institute (BFI)

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

  • Why use film to improve literacy?
    Why use film to improve literacy?
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    Watch this short video to discover how and why learning through film improves literacy.

  • Foley sound
    Foley sound
    video

    This step is an introduction to Foley art, and has a video clip with Foley artist, John Fewell.

  • Stills from The Girl and the Fox that show different shot sizes.
    Developing writing through camera shots
    article

    Linking camera shots and positions to still images in this activity, can provide a great writing stimulus in creating narrative.

  • Record and Playback
    Record and Playback
    video

    An introduction to the technique of Record and Playback, a simple but very effective tool for curricular learning.

  • Two images each showing samples of a shoe box set design.
    Shoebox set design
    article

    Making a shoe box set takes your pupils on a filmmaking journey that produces literacy outcomes, and is a great tool for assessment. PDF provided.

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