Primary Gothic

The materials attached to this page were created by Amy Buchanan, Primary Teach First teacher in East Ham.  Along with 6 Teach First colleagues, she came to BFI for ten days in August, and devised excellent materials and lesson ideas around La Belle et la bete, The Mistletoe Bough, and Hansel and Gretel.

Hansel and Gretel, filmed in silhouette animation by Lotte Reiniger in 1955, offers lots of opportunities to talk to children about risks, forests, incarceration and animal cruelty, which Amy exploits here:  Hansel and Gretel – KS2 PSHE

The Mistletoe Bough, shot in 1904, is the first cinematic retelling of a popular Christmas ghost story, formalised as Amy tells us, into a ballad in 1830.  This lesson uses the film to explore the ‘Pepper’s Ghost’ trick as part of KS2, where glass, shadows, candles are used to create the illusion of a ghost on screen.  The Mistletoe Bough – KS2 Science

And finally, we have two lessons focused on Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la bete, looking at literacy, language and inference.  La Belle et la bete – KS2 Literacy 1La Belle et la bete – KS2 Literacy 2

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