Sentence Filming and Commentaries with iMovie

One of the things that puts teachers off creating films with their classes is how daunting filming with your pupils can appear to be. One of the things we have designed as an introduction is the concept of sentence filming. The document below explains how to film two clauses in two shots that are based around an aspect of grammar. In this case we’ve used relative clauses.


Many teachers we’ve worked with  have used this method to help their classes make a start with using iMovie and to make teaching grammar more engaging. An extension of this is to save the project and make a second copy in which children record a commentary over the top. This can be seen in the video guide below.

Although these techniques are based around English the techniques can be used in other subjects. It’s possible to use iMovie in Science to describe the results and conclusion in an investigation.

I’ll be leading a free, residential course on using film to support primary Literacy at the National STEM centre in York. Click here for more information and to register.

Adding commentary to a sentence film from Curriculum Innovation on Vimeo.



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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