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The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK. We combine cultural, educational and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI Film Fund, film distribution, the BFI National Archive and the BFI Reuben Library. Established in 1935, the BFI Archive holds one of the largest film and television collections in the world. Our 5-19 education scheme is delivered by Into Film, an organisation providing a unified UK-wide film education scheme.

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The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK. We combine cultural, educational and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI Film Fund, film distribution, the BFI National Archive and the BFI Reuben Library. Established in 1935, the BFI Archive holds one of the largest film and television collections in the world. Our 5-19 education scheme is delivered by Into Film, an organisation providing a unified UK-wide film education scheme.
Film-The England of Elizabeth (1957)
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Film-The England of Elizabeth (1957)

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This 1950s film depicting Elizabethan England is 26 minutes long and offers viewers insight into the period. The film features numerous Tudor artefacts from paintings to manuscripts to maps, as well as showing stately homes and ruins, and would be useful for understanding a 20th century interpretation of this period. By viewing the historical objects, it can also be used to contextualise Shakespeare’s plays. It considers the England in which Shakespeare wrote and is supported by a score by Ralph Vaughan Williams and a script written by historian A. L. Rowse, the David Starkey of his day.
The Sandman - KS3 English
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The Sandman - KS3 English

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BFI Education presents ‘Gothic in the classroom’ – new resources to accompany 13 Gothic film titles. This collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas from English to Art to Science. An introductory lesson to the short animation The Sandman, where students watch the film and learn about the difference between narration and narrative.
The Glitterball English KS3
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The Glitterball English KS3

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In this lesson for key stage English, students study the film The Glitterball (1977). They then construct a creative piece of writing based on class discussion and the learning of the lesson, contextualising the events of the film to show a critical reading of the text. Students are given the opportunity to consider how we interact with unknown ideas and concepts, and how to recognise the difference between safety and danger.
A Grand Day Out English KS3
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A Grand Day Out English KS3

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This lesson for key stage 3 English uses A Grand Day Out (1989) and A Trip To The Moon (1902) to explore the use of surrealism, parody and fantasy for comic effect.
A Trip to the Moon English KS3
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A Trip to the Moon English KS3

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A lesson for key stage 3 English students which explores concepts of tourism and exploration in space and considers the dangers and possibilities of space travel, using silent sci-fi film, A Trip to the Moon (1902).
Night of the Demon - KS3 English
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Night of the Demon - KS3 English

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BFI Education presents ‘Gothic in the classroom’ – new resources to accompany 13 Gothic film titles. This collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas from English to Art to Science. Students analyse key sections from the film and compare and contrast them with M.R. James's short story, Casting the Runes.
Sci-Fi Bingo
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Sci-Fi Bingo

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If you're planning on watching one or more of the BFI&'s ten Sci-Fi discovery films at the Into Film Festival or elsewhere, why not have a go at our Sci-Fi Bingo game? Download the PDF, complete with instructions. Enjoy!
Pumzi English KS3 to 5
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Pumzi English KS3 to 5

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This lesson for English and other subjects at key stages 3-5 uses the short film Pumzi (2009) to lead students into a discussion of the issue of the future. They will consider moral dilemma linked to the key sci-fi issue of the creation of utopian or dystopian futures. They then have the opportunity to design their own post-apocalyptic ‘perfect world’, consider how the world might end, and what new worlds might be created as a result.
Sci-Fi Silents English KS3 1
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Sci-Fi Silents English KS3 1

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Part one of a three-part creative writing lesson using three silent sci-fi films: Mister Moon (1901), Trip to the Moon (1902), and The ? Motorist (1906).
The Day the Earth Caught Fire Sciences or Geog KS3
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The Day the Earth Caught Fire Sciences or Geog KS3

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This lesson for KS3 science allows students to take on the role of a science journalist for the Daily Express and collect information on the events that take place in the film The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961). This could be used as a single lesson or as a set spanning lots of different science skills and knowledge. It would work well for revision purposes, and each task can be made simpler/more complicated to suit the individual needs of each class.
Flash Gordon History KS3
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Flash Gordon History KS3

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In this lesson for key stage 3 History, students will be introduced to the concept of dictatorship using the film Flash Gordon (1980). Students explore the implications of living in a dictatorship through watching the film and creating a role play about overthrowing Ming the Merciless. Learners will be encouraged to use melodrama to explore the motivations of the various parties involved in Ming’s dictatorship.
The Elephant Man - KS4 Science
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The Elephant Man - KS4 Science

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BFI Education presents ‘Gothic in the classroom’ – new resources to accompany 13 Gothic film titles. This collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas from English to Art to Science. This lesson explores the medical science behind Joseph Merrick's condition and places an emphasis on How Science Works by examining how these theories have evolved and changed over time.
Hansel & Gretel - KS3 PSHE
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Hansel & Gretel - KS3 PSHE

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BFI Education presents ‘Gothic in the classroom’ – new resources to accompany 13 Gothic film titles. This collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas from English to Art to Science. This resource uses the Hansel & Gretel story as a basis for recognising and responding to everyday risks. Requires the accompanying DVD.
The Elephant Man - KS5 RE
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The Elephant Man - KS5 RE

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BFI Education presents ‘Gothic in the classroom’ – new resources to accompany 13 Gothic film titles. This collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas from English to Art to Science. In this lesson students apply their knowledge of Kantian ethics to the experience of John Merrick, the Elephant Man. They do so through active watching, through a hot seat activity and finally by creating a trailer for a film.
Concrete Garden - PSHE/Citizenship KS4
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Concrete Garden - PSHE/Citizenship KS4

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A lesson for Key Stage 4 PSHE and Citizenship students that explores the experiences of the 'Windrush Generation' using the film Concrete Garden (1994). Students work toward devising a short dramatic piece that relates to the themes and ideas brought up by the film. Concrete Garden is a wonderfully observed graduation film from the black British director Alrick Riley. With warm performances from a young cast and exquisite detail in the production design, this tender short film powerfully evokes the trials and tribulations faced by kids settling in 1950s Britain. The film is available to watch for free in BFI Mediatheques or can be rented on BFI Player for a small fee. Learning objectives include: Understanding more about immigration from the Commonwealth in the 1950s; Investigating and considering what it could be like to be someone who has recently moved to the UK from abroad.
Film-The Merchant of Venice: Silent Shakespeare
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Film-The Merchant of Venice: Silent Shakespeare

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This 1910 Italian film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is just under 10 minutes long and is supported by teaching ideas for English, music and art. It contains most of the key elements from the play, however omits the caskets and the business with Portia's ring. This film includes scenes shot on location and was directed by Gerolamo Lo Savio. Note: Unfortunately the BFI Archive's print is incomplete and ends with Shylock appealing to the court after Portia's warning not to spill ‘one drop of Christian blood’. The missing scene showed Shylock’s punishment by the court.