Scheme of Work Goes Live in Wales

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Myself (Tim Bleazard) and Philip Webb have been working with Into Film Cymru for a couple of years now. We worked with them to create a pilot project on the use of film in Welsh schools. This project was successful and as a follow up we have been doing more training this year. This is due to the success we’ve had in Bradford with our Film Literacy program, now in it’s fourth year. We were asked to create a scheme of work that was tied to one film. This is to act as a getting started guide for teachers using film in class. Phillip Webb has pioneered a visual planning approach using a series of cards for different phases of English lessons. The idea is that teachers who are new to using these techniques can follow the scheme lesson by lesson and the progress to using planning cards to take control of which activities they want to add to the teaching sequence.

The new Welsh Curriculum (as detailed in the Donaldson Report) will have Digital Competence as a key feature. We are keen to use technology in the film analysis parts of our work as well as the film creation. We look forward to sharing updates showing how this has been receieved. The scheme of work is not public at present so we can’t share it.

You can follow Llanharan Primary School’s progress on their blog here or on Twitter here  Their daily updates make great reading and shows how our scheme can be used in the hands of great teachers.

Tim Bleazard

Tim has over 20 years experience as a primary school teacher, twelve of them as an ICT co-ordinator. In 2009 he was seconded to Challenge City Learning Centre and used the opportunity to assist schools in their understanding and use of a range of new and emerging technologies. He joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim’s role includes evaluating a range of mobile devices (Apple, Android and Microsoft) and advising on their appropriate use in schools. Tim is passionate about blogging, programming and using creative digital technology such as video, animation, photography and audio to raise attainment across the curriculum. He leads the very successful ‘Media Literacy Leaders’ project in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, the British Film Institute and Cape UK.

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