Last Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Movie Maestro – second level

What is this?

Children will explore films of the 20th century. They will choose one film to research more fully, to increase their understanding of the different roles in creating a movie.

This learning activity is intended to support teachers and practitioners to plan learning experiences for children/young people in their usual setting or while they are learning at home. As well as taking account of national and local guidance relating to Covid-19, the activity should be used or adapted accordingly to consider the range of learners and their prior knowledge and individual circumstances in relation to this learning experience.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: Second level

Literacy and English – listening and talking, reading, writing

  • I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to literal, inferential, evaluative and other types of questions, and by asking different kinds of questions of my own. LIT 2-07a
  • Using what I know about the features of different types of texts, I can find, select and sort information from a variety of sources and use this for different purposes. LIT 2-14a
  • I can persuade, argue, explore issues or express an opinion using relevant supporting detail and/or evidence. LIT 2-29a

Expressive arts – art and design

  • I can develop and communicate my ideas, demonstrating imagination and presenting at least one possible solution to a design problem. EXA 2-06a

Health and wellbeing – personal and social education

  • I am investigating different careers/occupations, ways of working, and learning and training paths. I am gaining experience that helps me recognise the relevance of my learning, skills and interests to my future life. HWB 2-20a

Purpose of the activity

Children will increase their awareness of films of the 20th century. They will learn the different roles involved in creating a movie. Children will develop their graphic skills by creating a poster of a famous film, substituting their own name and image for a star in a movie of their choice.

Learning activity

Explain to the children that they are going to attend “Movie College” for this activity. In order to graduate as a Movie Maestro, they will:

  • learn about some top films of the 20th century
  • research one of these films in depth
  • learn about different jobs in film making
  • create a poster advertising one of the 20th century films, but replacing a “star” with their own name and image.

On conclusion of the task, they will be awarded the title of “Movie Maestro”.

Task 1

Children should start by researching films of the 20th century or by interviewing older members of their families about films of the 20th century. You can also discuss some films the children might already know, such as Indiana Jones, Star Wars or Ghostbuster movies.

Encourage the children to make notes, listing perhaps six or eight films which interest them.

Task 2

Ask the children to choose one of these films, to research in more depth.

Support the children by providing some questions they can use for their research, such as the following:

  • what kind (genre) of movie is it – for example, comedy, drama, thriller, fantasy, musical, etc?
  • who are the stars in the film?
  • what story does the film tell?
  • who is named as the “Director” and who was the “Producer”?

Task 3

  • Discuss the titles “Director” and “Producer” with the children. Ask children to research the definitions of these titles and jobs. Ask the children who else is involved in a movie making team, apart from these two roles and the film stars. If possible, show the children the “credits” listed at the end of a film they will know. Did they realise how many people would be involved? (For illustration, you could explain that a TV episode of Top Gear needs a filming team of as many as 60 people.)
  • Discuss the kinds of skills that each member of a movie team needs. Ask the children to choose one of the movie team roles. They should write a short letter of application to “MGM Studios, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles”, describing their own skills and why they would make a strong candidate for the movie role they have chosen.

Extension activity

Children should create their own “Movie Maestro Diploma”. They can do this using manual or computer graphics. If they can access the internet, children can find some ideas for printable diplomas or certificates.

You can conclude the task by holding an awards ceremony, live or virtual.

National Benchmarks

Literacy and English – listening and talking, reading, writing

  • Asks and responds to a range of questions, including literal, inferential and evaluative questions, to demonstrate understanding of spoken texts.
  • Skims texts to identify purpose and main ideas.
  • Scans texts to find key information.
  • Finds, selects and sorts relevant information from a range of sources.
  • Makes and organises notes using own words, for the most part.
  • Uses notes to create new texts that show understanding of the topic or issue.
  • When writing to persuade, evaluate, explore issues or express an opinion:
    • Presents relevant ideas and information, including supporting detail, to convey view point.
    • Organises ideas in a logical way.
    • Includes an introduction that makes the topic clear and a conclusion that rounds off the writing.
    • Attempts to use language to influence or persuade the reader, for example, word choice, punctuation, repetition, rhetorical questions and/or emotive language.

Expressive arts – art and design

  • Follows a step-by-step process to develop and communicate ideas in response to a design brief.

Health and wellbeing – personal and social education

  • Explains own ambitions and identifies ways to achieve them.
  • Manages personal profile and uses it to discuss interests, strengths and skills.
  • Identifies connections between skills and the world of work.
  • Uses investigative skills to gain more information about jobs/careers.

Possible approach to assessing learning

Assess the children’s achievements in the literacy and work-related learning aspects of the task for their technical accuracy and organisation. For the creative aspects, such as the extension task, adopt a holistic approach, drawing on the relevant Benchmarks provided.

When planning your approach to assessing learning, please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.