FÍS Film Project
Introducing film into the primary classroom

A Teacher’s Diary

To get an idea of how FÍS is integrated into classroom practice, Anne Moriarty, a teacher from St Aiden’s NS, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo, recorded how she, her colleague Ms Jordan, and two multi-level classes created a film in 2013. Her diary is listed below and it gives a fascinating insight into how this methodology creates opportunities for an engaged, collaborative, cross-curricular and exciting classroom.

Scroll down to Session 1 when it all started!

Session 15
12 Jun

We chosen the day that we’re unveiling our Digital Schools Award to premiere our animation! Continue reading “Session 15” »

Session 14
24 May

It’s time to gather up the storyboards to scan and file.

Session 13
17 May

Almost there now, though the final stages can be time consuming getting everything pulled together. Continue reading “Session 13” »

Session 12
14 May

Now for the tricky bit, fitting the action to the recorded music. Luckily we’ve timed it well to the duration Continue reading “Session 12” »

Session 11
30 Apr
Mayo Youth Orchestra

OK, it’s not essential to record a live orchestra for your soundtrack…but we did! Continue reading “Session 11” »

Session 10
16 Apr

The squirrel’s ‘sad’ head is missing! The bicycle has been saved to a different folder and can’t be opened. There’ll be days like this … Continue reading “Session 10” »

Session 9
11 Apr

Filming begins! Finally we get to the camera. We used the animation software “i-can-animate” as it is very straightforward and user friendly. Continue reading “Session 9” »

Session 8
19 Mar
Tracing drawings through the window

The pupils have realised the problem with the varying sizes and expressions on faces and some tense discussions take place with regard to whose is best fit for purpose. Continue reading “Session 8” »

Session 7
12 Mar

The problem of a suitable background is solved! We located an old desktop in the storage room Continue reading “Session 7” »

Session 6
4 Mar

This is one of the pupils’ favourite parts — creating the movable parts and backgrounds…

Continue reading “Session 6” »

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