Grounded in best classroom practice, this book aims to help you think about the role of media in children’s lives, and to teach about media effectively in your classroom. Three dimensions of media education for the 3-11 age range are highlighted: children’s own cultural experiences, the development of critical awareness, and opportunities for creative expression. The chapters are written by literacy advisors, leading academics, teacher-trainers, and classroom practitioners. In an increasingly digital world, media education is an essential part of good teaching, not just as a tool to teach the more traditional aspects of the curriculum, but in its own right as an essential part of literacy.

Extending Children's Experience of Film

Extending Children's Experience of Film

Extending children's experience of film

Chapter Objectives

This chapter describes children's consumption of mainstream films and argues that, through their extensive pre-school experience of films, children starting school are ready to watch more challenging film material and can engage with films at a more sophisticated level than they can with print.

What is the point of teaching about film in the primary classroom? For most teachers, film is an acceptable stimulus for writing or talk, or an entertainment for after school or end of term, but the idea of seeking to enhance and develop children's expectations and critical skills specifically in relation to film tends to generate more ambivalent reactions.

Children's Film Consumption

This reflects the ambivalent cultural status of film in the UK. Mainstream ...

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