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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.
The Glitterball Biology KS4
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The Glitterball Biology KS4

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This lesson for key stage 4 biology uses the film The Glitterball (1977) to understand what it means for something to be alive according to 21st century biology.
The ? Motorist Music KS3 1
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The ? Motorist Music KS3 1

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Part one of a two-part music lesson for key stage 3 students in which students plan, compose and perform a score for the British silent sci-fi short, The ? Motorist (1906).
Attack the Block English KS3 to 5
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Attack the Block English KS3 to 5

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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.
A Grand Day Out English KS4
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A Grand Day Out English KS4

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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).
Silent Running RE KS5
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Silent Running RE KS5

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This lesson for key stage 5 RE provides a springboard for students to debate the core issues at the heart of environmental ethics, and encourages students to begin applying the normative ethics systems they have been studying to a real practical ethical problem in our current world.
Flash Gordon English KS3
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Flash Gordon English KS3

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In this lesson for key stage 3 English, students explore the role of the hero in fiction, using the film Flash Gordon (1980) and Attack the Block (2011).
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.
The Glitterball English KS2
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The Glitterball English KS2

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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.
Village of the Damned English or History KS3-KS4
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Village of the Damned English or History KS3-KS4

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This lesson uses Village of the Damned (1960) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) to analyse, compare and contrast the reflection of historical context in mid-century film. Both films could be seen to address anxiety that the solidity of British and American post-war life might be overturned, using the metaphor of alien invasion. This project is suitable for English lessons incorporating media to teach analysis of social and historical context, and may also be useful for History schemes of work on the Cold War, as a starting point for how culture responds to international threat.
Pumzi Biology KS3
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Pumzi Biology KS3

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Using the short film Pumzi (2009) students consider the importance of water to plant growth , and then guided to create a practical that will allow them to functionally understand what plants need to grow.
2001: A Space Odyssey RE KS3
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2001: A Space Odyssey RE KS3

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This lesson for key stage 3 RE students provides an opportunity to explore ideas about what the creation of the universe using the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Skills of exploration and imagination should be encouraged, and it is important students understand that the lesson is not about trying to find the right or wrong answer.
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.
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.
Attack the Block Citizenship KS4
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Attack the Block Citizenship KS4

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This lesson for key stage 4 Citizenship focuses on interpretation and evaluation skills, and encourages students to approach two types of media with criticality, using the film Attack the Block (2011).
Flash Gordon Design Technology KS2
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Flash Gordon Design Technology KS2

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In this lesson for key stage 2 DT, students watch the film Flash Gordon (1980) in order to start a discussion on what types of technologies appear in the film and other sci-fi films more generally. Students will then make a new technology for the scary, evil overlord Ming, working in groups to trial ideas and presenting their final idea to someone in role of Ming.
Black Star for Primary - Jemima + Johnny
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Black Star for Primary - Jemima + Johnny

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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/).