Worthing children to take part in film week

CHILDREN in Worthing will be among nearly 500,000 students and teachers around the country taking part in National Schools Film Week.

The free event, which comes to the Dome cinema, in Marine Parade, in October, aims to support classroom teaching by providing students with a “powerful experience” that links directly to elements of the curriculum, supported by an online library of resources.

Last year, 470,000 students attended the festival, which is now in its 17th year and is operated “on a scale and with a degree of sophistication unknown in any other country”.

Sue Dedak, manager of Worthing Dome, said: “Overall, it’s about the children coming in to enjoy the experience. Day trips are always an exciting thing for young children. Children tend to be more interested in activities outside of school and it’s an opportunity to take them out of their insular lifestyle. National Schools Film Week offers more interaction. It takes children out of their comfort zone and immerses them into the film, making it all more interesting.”

The festival takes place in Worthing on October 21 and 22.

Polly Atkinson, a teacher at Heene Church of England First School, said: “National Schools Film Week is a fun way to introduce topics, and it is a very good social lesson. Film Week teaches the children how to behave in public. It gives them a broadened view of the film being able to see it with their classmates, and it is a good opportunity for those who haven’t been before. The film fitted into the curriculum environmentally. The students participated in discussions on the film afterwards.”