Improving children’s narrative writing through film clubs

Legsby Primary School will lead an evaluation into the impact of attending after school film clubs on the creative writing of Year 5 pupils.


Teachers in the participating schools report that pupils of all abilities struggle to progress in line with expectations in written composition. Pupils at Legsby Primary School have been taking part in the international film education programme le Cinema cent ans de jeunesse (CCAJ), and teachers believe that this has had a beneficial transfer of skills into their writing. However, this claim has not been tested in a systematic way. The participating schools wish to establish whether there is a link between the film-literacy pedagogy and improved attainment in writing by the end of Year 5.


Le Cinema cent ans de jeunesse will be tailored to cross over with the school literacy curriculum, specifically the requirements around written composition; awareness of audience and purpose; textual cohesion; understanding of character, setting and action. Pupils in the intervention group will follow a weekly after-school programme based on CCAJ for six months.

They will:

  • produce three film exercises (typically 1-2 minutes long)
  • watch and discuss a set of film clips which contextualise and support the film-making
  • follow a set of writing and speaking activities that bridge the film activities with the skills of written composition
  • plan and make a 5-7 minute film.

Lead school 

  • Legsby Primary School, Lincolnshire.

Schools involved   

  • Grimoldby Primary School
  • Nettleham Junior School
  • Fosse Way Academy Lincoln
  • Sutton Bridge Westmere Primary School
  • Prior Witham Primary School


  • 15 months – report due October 2018

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