The Literacy Shed in Armagh

Enhancing Reading and Writing through film

The Literacy Shed on Tour

After a successful career as a primary school teacher, Rob Smith has been delivering CPD in the UK and abroad since 2012. Rob works closely with schools and delivers high impact conferences in order to raise standards in reading and writing through the use of film and image. During the sessions Rob explores a wealth of still and moving images which range from short films, film trailers, and adverts to documentaries, animations and extracts from Hollywood blockbusters, demonstrating techniques which staff can take away and use in school immediately.

Literacy Shed Conference @ REIM Training Solutions, Armagh

Thursday, April 6th 2017 at 8:45am-3:30pm

50 Hamiltonsbawn Road

Northern Ireland

The CPD day is split into four sessions and is aimed at Primary School teachers, Literacy Coordinators and anyone interested in embedding film into English lessons to enhance the teaching of reading, writing and speaking.


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 Setting a good example.


In this session, Rob will show how film and image can be used to teach writing techniques such as portraying character emotion, building tension and creating atmosphere as well providing a wealth -of content for both fiction and non-fiction writing.


12:30 - 1:30 Lunch


1:30 - 2:30 Taking Grammar to the movies.


In this session, participants will experience how film can be used in the teaching of grammar. Through discussion and demonstration Rob will share useful activities that use film alongside teacher modelling to enhance the teaching of the grammar curriculum and embed it within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking.


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