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Primary school events

Harry, Arrietty, the BFG and me: an English event for KS2

Tue 30 Jan 2018 10:30 – 15:00
NFT1, BFI Southbank

Harry, Arrietty, the BFG and me: an English event for KS2

This event is intended for teachers and students only.

How are well-known books adapted for the cinema? Who decides which books become films? How exactly is the written text adapted into the visual and sound medium that is film? How can you compare books with films? What power does the writer have? All these questions and more will be explored in this interactive National Storytelling Week study day which offers a brand new voyage into film through looking at a few well-known and favourite book adaptations from Harry Potter to Arrietty and The BFG.

The interactive morning session will start with consideration of what is a story: what are the main components, examining narrative structure through the seven story types which are arguably common to all stories and look at how characters are defined and crafted. Using examples of film clips, opening sequences, book extracts and scripts we will look at the main stages of story composition and how prose is transposed into script form, image and sound. There will be a range of activities for pupils and a resource pack for teachers. The afternoon includes an introduced screening of Spielberg’s The BFG (2016).

Suitable for KS2 English and Gifted & Talented pupils

£6 per pupil; £1 per adult accompanying every 5 pupils; for any additional adult the pupil rate applies. £40 for teachers attending without pupils.

Please note that schools should provide their own packed lunches.

  • ‘Right level, right length, fantastic! I wish we could come to all the events!’
    Teacher, Farringtons School

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