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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.
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 ? 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).
A Grand Day Out Physics KS3
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A Grand Day Out Physics KS3

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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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/).
Ten Bob in Winter - English KS4
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Ten Bob in Winter - English KS4

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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.
Babylon - PSHE/Citizenship KS4
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Babylon - PSHE/Citizenship KS4

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A lesson for Key Stage 4 PSHE and Citizenship students that explores black British culture and identity using the film Babylon (1980). Key scenes are used as impetus for class discussions on issues of race and racism in British society. Set predominantly in South London, Babylon is a potent mix of music and social commentary, with an extraordinary ‘starry’ cast headed by actor-musician Brinsley Forde (Brinsley Dan) as ‘Blue’, the alienated young man at the heart of the story. Directed by Franco Rosso, this is a superb, truthful film that stands up over thirty years later. The film is available on DVD and for free in BFI Mediatheques. Learning objectives include: Learning about some aspects of black British history from the 1980s; Considering similarities and differences between race relations in the UK in the 1980s and modern day.
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.
Night of the Demon - KS3 Art
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Night of the Demon - KS3 Art

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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 uses Night of the Demon to explore the way in which suspenseful storytelling can be created in films.
Film-A Midsummer Night's Dream: Silent Shakespeare
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Film-A Midsummer Night's Dream: Silent Shakespeare

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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.