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 2017 at 8:45am-3:30pm

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone, United Kingdom


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

Dominic - A Tale Unfolds

Dominic has delivered training for various teacher training organisation including the Institute Of Education as well as numerous primary schools and groups such as DRET and Hackney Learning Trust. He was selected for the second ever cohort of Emerge Education, a 3 month accelerator programme aiming to improve educational outcomes worldwide.

Rob - The Literacy Shed

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.

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.