Children’s University Scotland and Into Film have launched a partnership to help encourage children to learn through the medium of cinema at school film clubs across Scotland.
Into Film clubs take place in hundreds of schools across the country. They seek to provide young children with meaningful access to and engagement with film through a diverse catalogue of popular and classic films, and a wealth of resources and ways to get involved: from programming and reporting to reviewing and filmmaking.
Children’s University Scotland has recognised the educational value of these extra-curricular activities by recognising each Into Film club as a learning destination, allowing Passport Holders to collect Children’s University credits for taking part. Each credit contributes to the child’s record of wider achievement – their personal record of all the extra-curricular learning experiences they choose to take part in voluntarily outside normal lesson hours.
‘Into Film is delighted to be identified as a learning destination with Children’s University Scotland. Film is an incredibly powerful tool that encourages a young person’s learning in many ways. It is full of exciting stories that discover different cultures and explore various themes such as wellbeing and relationships, it can take you back in time to discover our past histories and much, much more. Children’s University Scotland offers an excellent opportunity for Into Film club members to be recognised and accredited for their commitment and passion to watching, understanding and making films,’ comments Kirsty Gallacher, Programme Manager, Into Film Scotland.
Each Into Film club is free for state-funded school and non-school settings, such as youth clubs, cinemas and libraries.
Into Film provides access to thousands of films specially selected with educators in mind, together with accompanying resources, special events and exclusive industry opportunities.
The model can be tailored to suit the social and academic needs of each group of young people, and is proven to benefit children’s confidence and sense of unity between year groups, ethnicities and ages through a shared love of film.
“Into Film clubs are perfectly aligned with our aims at Children’s University Scotland: to show children that learning can and should be fun, to give children choice, to enable them to explore new ways to learn creatively. Children can learn a huge amount academically through film, but just as important is the collaborative and shared experience of cinema in bringing groups together,” says Roseanne Smith, Project and Development Manager at Children’s University Scotland.
Into Film is supported by the BFI through National Lottery Funding. For information about Into Film, to set up a free Into Film Club, download resources or sign up for free educator training visit www.intofilm.org.