Film and literacy: Recounts

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By Karen Millerfreelance writer and editor of Film Street. Karen has a film blog at

Learn about life cycles using simple stop-frame animation in our second article of film-based literacy ideas

Budding animators: let children have a go at their own claymations

Filmmaking enables children to develop a range of creative skills, such as teamwork, concentration, communication, ICT skills and technical skills. It has been discovered that children who struggle with traditional literacy learning often have a strong aesthetic sense, which enables them to communicate effectively through film.

Animation is the easiest form of filmmaking to use in the classroom, as it requires only a small amount of equipment and you can create your subjects using paper, pens, scissors and Plasticine! The stop-frame animation process involves taking a shot of your scene and then moving your subject a little before shooting your next frame. When the frames are played at speed, and because of the way our eyes work, we see the still images as movement.

In Unit 5, Year 1 children are supported to produce an animated recount using stop-frame animation. It is suggested their recounts describe the life cycles of plants and animals.


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