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Moving Image and the Curriculum

The term 'moving image education' refers to learning and teaching practices which develop literacy skills using moving image texts. These practices involve analysing moving image texts, reading film clips as if they were printed texts, creating them, exploring, appreciating and sharing them, and using films as stimuli for imaginative and personal creativity.

Traditionally defined as the ability to read and write, literacy is now understood to be the ability to locate, evaluate and communicate using a range of media resources including text, visual, audio and video - this is recognised as including films, TV programmes and interactive games.

Moving image education, however, is about more than just literacy. It is a rich context for learning that allows children to develop across the curriculum. Different activities can feed into different subjects - often crossing over - which means that moving image media can be a relevant teaching source across all [eight curriculum areas](/url-placeholder experiences and outcomes):

  • Expressive arts
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Religious and moral education
  • Sciences
  • Social studies
  • Technologies

The analysis, creation and appreciation of moving image texts, then, provides many broad opportunities for pupils to develop within the four capacities of the Curriculum For Excellence:

  • To become successful learners with enthusiasm, motivation, determination and openness
  • To become confident individuals with self respect, a sense of well being, ambition, secure values and beliefs
  • To become responsible citizens with respect for others, participating responsibly in political, economic, social and cultural life
  • To become effective contributors with an enterprising attitude, resilience and self-reliance

The following pages in this section detail the kinds of learning and classroom activities you can encourage using moving image to meet these capacities, experiences and outcomes.