Interactive Literacy Teaching Video

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This teaching video is part of The Over To You series for age 8-12. The video is presented buy two experienced teachers and is streamed by video link to your smart board.

This resource begins with a Mimed storyline which really focuses the student attention to detail.


Two painters paint a park bench. They go to the snack van, forgetting to do a vital thing. Two people arrive with a picnic, see the beautiful bench and take a seat. … a beautiful lunch in the sun does not end well!

Amusing and simple Mime encourages creativity which Teachers have said is ideal for less confident students and classes that are generally more reluctant to speak.

After watching the teacher’s mimes they say what they think is happening. A speeded up section with detailed subtitles reveals what the story is. The students then try the mimes for themselves. There are writing opportunities suggested in Teacher’s Notes throughout.

The second part of the video adds in dialogue and again the students follow this up themselves adding in their own ideas leading into writing a funny story. Teachers have found that this simple story has produced a fascination with the key characters and students have come up with back-stories and follow-ups worthy of soap opera writing, most amusing but really getting them into writing!

Key Skills
Improvisation, paired activities, mime, close observation, sequencing, group discussion and presentation, adding dialogue to mime, merging group ideas to complete storyline. listening and talking.

(11 Over To You Activities)

"The children are really enjoying it. They are very attentive watching the video clips. Your explanations of what to do are clear and the class are ready to get on with it when you say and now, it’s over to you’. Don’t think I’ve needed to provide additional clarification. It’s really successful and the class have been engaged with the drama from the outset."
Audrey MacLeod with age 9.

“P7B have completed park bench and have loved it. They have really liked how interactive it is and it created a great stimulus for writing. It has created a wonderful scaffolding for writing (which ties in with Pie Corbett’s talk for writing perfectly). Eilidh Mears with age 11.

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Created: Jul 16, 2019

Updated: Jul 30, 2019

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