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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.
Black Star for Primary - Jemima + Johnny

Black Star for Primary - Jemima + Johnny

A lesson for primary students that explores attitudes toward race and equality and encourages discussion of students' own ideas around the topic, based around the film Jemima + Johnny (1966). The film is available to watch for free on BFI Player (http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-jemima-johnny-1966/).
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Ten Bob in Winter - English KS4

Ten Bob in Winter - English KS4

This five-lesson scheme of work for Key Stage 4 English examines the issue of racial inequality as depicted in the short film Ten Bob in Winter (1963) and the poetry of Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. Ten Bob in Winter is an energetic short film directed by the Jamaican writer and performer Lloyd Reckord. Shot on 16mm in black and white, the film is fresh and experimental yet still light and accessible. Some of the learning objectives include: Learning facts about racial inequality within British society; Exploring the theme of racial inequality; Using poetry as a way of understanding and empathising with this inequality.
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Black Britain on TV - Media Studies KS5

Black Britain on TV - Media Studies KS5

A five-lesson scheme of work for Media Studies students at Key Stage 5 that looks at how the representation of black British life on TV has evolved since the 1960s to the present day. This scheme of work focuses on black representation on British TV from popular series like Desmond’s to lesser-known TV plays such as the provocative, Fable (1965). These lessons are designed for use with Media Studies students at Key Stage 5 and have the new 2016 specifications in mind. Many of the works discussed are available to watch for free in BFI Mediatheques. Clips are also available as via BFI Screenonline, although due to our agreements with rightsholders, access to Screenonline’s moving image material is only permitted within UK schools, colleges, universities and public libraries that have already registered with us. We regret that we are no longer able to offer registration to new users. Learning objectives include: Understanding how black communities have been represented on television historically; Applying this understanding in order to engage in productive debate; Analysing key media texts critically; Evaluating the social and political impact of representation of key groups within the media.
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The Sandman - KS3 English

The Sandman - KS3 English

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.
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The Elephant Man - KS5 RE

The Elephant Man - KS5 RE

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.
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Pumzi English KS3 to 5

Pumzi English KS3 to 5

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.
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The Curse of Frankenstein - KS3 English

The Curse of Frankenstein - KS3 English

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, The Curse of Frankenstein, students will read a BBC news story which incorporates some themes from the film.
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Sci-Fi Bingo

Sci-Fi Bingo

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!
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A Grand Day Out English KS3

A Grand Day Out English KS3

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.
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A Grand Day Out English KS4

A Grand Day Out English KS4

In this lesson for key stage 4 English, students consider and explore the notion of Britishness, looking at the film A Grand Day Out (1989). Students will critically read and reinterpret the text to match it more accurately with their own view of what it means to be British in the twenty first century. (The broken link has now been fixed).
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A Grand Day Out Physics KS3

A Grand Day Out Physics KS3

This lesson uses the Wallace and Gromit film, A Grand Day Out (1989), to teach students about aerodynamics. They will design their own spaceship, trying to improve on Wallace’s original design. They will also work on maths skills by working out the speed of the ship whilst watching the film in real time.
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Film-The Merchant of Venice: Silent Shakespeare

Film-The Merchant of Venice: Silent Shakespeare

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.
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Rebecca - KS4/5 English Lesson 1

Rebecca - KS4/5 English Lesson 1

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 in which students uncover the Gothic themes and motifs found in Alfred Hitchcock's film adaptation of Rebecca.
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Sci-Fi Silents English KS3 1

Sci-Fi Silents English KS3 1

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).
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A Trip to the Moon English KS3

A Trip to the Moon English KS3

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).
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Film-The Tempest: Silent Shakespeare

Film-The Tempest: Silent Shakespeare

At just over 12 minutes long, this film is considered the most visually imaginative silent British Shakespeare film. Examination of this film can be supported by the English, art and music teaching notes. Percy Stow's The Tempest (1908) takes an innovative cinematic approach in that it attempts a complete précis of the entire play staged specifically for the cameras. Explanatory intertitles link 11 brief scenes, shot both on location and in the studio, the latter being used to stage some elaborate tableaux reminiscent of the French fantasy film pioneer Georges Méliès. Indeed, the scene where Prospero summons up the tempest is particularly impressive! Although Shakespeare's original text is missing, this beautiful short film still manages to captures the spirit of the play very effectively.
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The Glitterball English KS2

The Glitterball English KS2

In this lesson for key stage 2 English, students will the characterisation of its central character: the alien in The Glitterball (1977). Students will hypothesise ideas about the glitterball and eventually produce a short non-chronological report about the alien for the police.
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The Day the Earth Caught Fire Sciences or Geog KS3

The Day the Earth Caught Fire Sciences or Geog KS3

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.
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Film-A Midsummer Night's Dream: Silent Shakespeare

Film-A Midsummer Night's Dream: Silent Shakespeare

Vitagraph’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1909) is the first film version of the play and is just under 12 minutes long, supported by teaching notes. It is abbreviated, but the action does closely follow Shakespeare’s original with the exception of a fresh character, the fairy Penelope. The wonderful woodland location filming and a number of engaging performances make this one of their most successful Shakespeare adaptations.
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Attack the Block English KS3 to 5

Attack the Block English KS3 to 5

A lesson for English and other subjects at key stages 3 to 5 which uses the film Attack the Block (2011) to explore social structures, and the question of ‘who is to blame’ for an imagined crime. The lesson engages students’ critical thinking skills as well as bringing up ethical issues.
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The Elephant Man - KS4 Science

The Elephant Man - KS4 Science

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.
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