Arts-Based Learning

Platinum Film Buffs: Using film as a catalyst for creativity

Northern Ireland primary teacher Paul Scowcroft explains how he uses films in his classroom to encourage critical thinking skills and win awards.

Bridge Integrated Primary School is situated in County Down, Northern Ireland. It has just over 400 pupils and is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. It has had a Film Club for the past five years and the 36 members, aged between 8 and 11 years old, meet every week for one hour to watch, discuss and review movies. It has proven to be one of the most popular clubs in the school, and last year they achieved a Platinum Film Buff status, the first school in the UK to achieve that honour. This status was achieved by watching over 15 movies from a list curated by Into Film that came from a wide variety of genres and styles of movies. In February 2018 they were nominated by Into Film as one of the top three film clubs in the UK and they were invited to walk down the red carpet in London at the Into Film Awards ceremony.

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