Film and literacy: Stories with familiar settings

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By Karen Miller—Freelance writer and Editor of Film Street. Karen has a film blog at

Explore everyday environments using these poignant short films in the third part in our series of film-based literacy ideas


Exploring a film of the same genre as the book you are studying with your class can help reinforce the children’s understanding of the features of the text. It can also help them extend their vocabulary through the language of image, music and sound to make their descriptions more vibrant and, in turn, their written work much richer.

In Unit 1 Stories with familiar settings, Year 2 children are encouraged to explore a selection of stories with settings and themes that are familiar. This could include home, school and making friends, to provide stimuli for the creation of stories based on their own experiences.

Using film

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