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Pupils to learn from cinema during National Schools Film Week

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

  • In from the cold: Ice Age: Continental Drift is one of the films being shown in Lincoln as part of National Schools Film Week

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Schoolchildren will be visiting the cinema in Lincoln during October as part of National Schools Film Week.

From The Hunger Games to Ice Age: Continental Drift, a host of blockbuster movies will be screened for free at the city's Odeon.

Each of the films has been chosen to fit in with different stages and ages in the national curriculum.

As well as free cinema tickets, teachers will also be able to access a wide range of learning resources to help them discuss the films back in the classroom. The festival takes place from Tuesday, October 16, until Friday, October 26, with a different film being shown each day.

Nick Walker, the festival's director, said: "The festival seeks to create a greater awareness and understanding of cinema.

"This is achieved by in-cinema talks and online resources, which give teachers the tools to encourage students to explore and understand new cinematic worlds."

One film being shown during the festival is French drama and 2008 Cannes Film Festival winner The Class, which will be shown on Tuesday, October 23.

Before the screening, David McCaig, film studies lecturer from the University of Lincoln, will talk about the film.

He said: "National Schools Film Week enables students and teachers to collectively enjoy both local and international cinema that they may have missed upon initial theatrical release.

"Experiencing thought-provoking landmark films as a group enables lively discussion on issues the film presents. For instance, The Class can open up debates on multiculturalism, politics and economics."

National Schools Film Week is now in its 17th year and last year more than 470,000 pupils watched one of 2,500 screenings across the country.

Richard Hall, chairman of the Lincoln Film Society and a former head teacher at Branston Junior School for 14 years, said: "National Schools Film Week has a lot to offer, but teachers have to be careful how they use film.

"It can be used as a way of enhancing and enlivening lessons, but if you're not careful, you create the impression that all children do in the classroom is sit and watch movies. But if you're clever and selective in terms of what you choose, film can be used in a number of ways.

"It can be used to look at story openings, studying ways in which author's ideas are interpreted and developed and a way to show how stories develop through a beginning, middle and end."

Schools can still sign up to take part in the festival at www.nationalschoolsfilmweek.org.

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