The Literacy Shed & A Tale Unfolds

A brand new CPD day of film and film making for learning.

The Literacy Shed on Tour - Kent

Friday, Jan. 20th, 8:45am-3:30pm

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone, United Kingdom


Getting to The Mercure Great Danes Hotel

Ashford Road

ME17 1RE

Phone: 0844 815 9045

There are 500 free car park spaces at the hotel.


Getting to Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel from:

Hollingbourne railway station - 1.5 miles (2.5 km)

Bearsted railway station - 5 miles (8 km)
Take a taxi from the taxi rank outside the station.
Approximately £13

The M20

Leave the M20 at junction 8, signposted to Maidstone East and the A20.
Follow the signs to Leeds Castle.
Before the 2nd roundabout you will see the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel.
The Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel is located on the left hand side inside the grounds.

The M25
Join the M25, and continue until you reach the M20 to Maidstone
Leave the M20 at junction 8, signposted to Maidstone East and the A20.
Follow the signs to Leeds Castle.
Take the second roundabout into the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel grounds.
The Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel is located on the left hand side inside the grounds.


Please let me know, if you haven't already about any dietary requirements.


We will be sending invoices out to you and your school sometime this week. Payment isn't required before the event however we would prefer it within 14 days of the event.

What to bring:

Note making materials and a smile!

iPads/Laptops are not necessary but some delegates do like to look up films/resources as they are mentioned.

Any problems before the event please email

If there are any problems on the day you can get hold of Rob on 07841682245

Course Outline

8:45 - 9:15 Refreshments and Registration.

9:15 - 11:00 Exploring the benefits of film for reading and writing.

In this session, Rob will explore a range of still and moving image media, demonstrating their value to the reading and writing process through analysis and questioning. The session will look at how a director’s choice to portray something can be used by teachers to inspire discussions and hook students in.

11:00 - 11:20 Break and refreshments

11:20 - 12:30 Film making (the basics)

Using just one iPad in your classroom? Dominic will demonstrate how to carry out traditional literacy lessons with a digital twist using very basic techniques and free apps. We will explore how simple film making tasks motivate all pupils to improve their writing. (Even the reluctant ones!) By producing a short film trailer, Dom will show you just how easy it is to produce something of professional quality which fulfills the requirements of the National Curriculum.

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 - Developing film making skills.

Having used basic techniques in the first film making session, this session will expand both the range of writing genres and the apps that you can use to achieve an even more impressive outcome. Simple green screening, voice-overs and photo montages will be used to produce a short film that will give hours of outstanding teaching techniques to take into the classroom.

2:30 - 3:30 Film story scaffolds.

Films tell a story; in this session Rob will demonstrate how the stories told in films can be used as scaffolds to help students create their own narratives. Rob will explain how films can be broken down into scenes and shots and what role each of these has within the narrative.

3:30 Home time

£149 per ticket or £250 for two

A Tale Unfolds

A Tale Unfolds was started by Dominic Traynor, a primary school teacher who wanted to combine traditional literacy with digital literacy in order to get his pupils working harder and with more enthusiasm than ever. Since starting A Tale Unfolds back in 2013, his projects have now been used in over 1000 classrooms around the world with teachers reporting progress of triple the average rate!

The Literacy Shed

The Literacy Shed is "The Home of Visual Literacy" a home for hundreds of films, shorts and animations that can be used in school to inspire and stimulate writing.