How would you rate your expectations prior to running the course – and why?
I am not hugely into performing arts and I was with a year group that I didn’t know that well. I feared that I would be spending the whole day “chivvying” the two groups I was looking after to do what they were supposed to be doing instead of messing around all day.
How satisfied were you with the course – and why?
Almost every student enjoyed and got something useful out of the day, even if it was learning some of the secrets of filming that they watch all the time! The films were genuinely impressive, far beyond what I initially imagined which is a credit to both the course and the students involved.
Course rating by categories.
Screen time Vs Practical activity
Age-appropriateness of content
Ideal for secondary and maybe top of primary (Year 6).
Learning new skills
Some great tips for future filmmakers and anyone who watches films.
Quality of pupil films
Some were better than others but all were good in the time given.
How likely are you to recommend the course – and why?
I have been involved in numerous days similar to this over my 20+ years of teaching and this is one of the best I have experienced. It relies on the enthusiasm of the students but most would be enthused by it and teachers just need to be there for support, no more.
Any other comments that may be useful for other schools to read when considering this course?
I watched all the video lessons beforehand and this was very useful as I knew what was coming up. As a teacher you are there to advise and the students actually really appreciate the teacher involvement; ultimately though this is an opportunity for the students to produce something almost entirely independently so let them do that.