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InspirED Somerset

Creative opportunities for children and young people in education across Somerset

InspirED is a subscription based service, bringing the skills and expertise of art and media professionals direct to Somerset schools, colleges and education settings. It is a partnership between three award-winning arts producers and promoters in Somerset: Somerset Art Works (art & design), Somerset Film (creative IT) and Take Art (Dance, drama and early years). All of the activity detailed below is provided free of charge to subscribing schools (unless indicated) in addition to our partners programmes.

If your school has not yet subscribed you can read more about the offer in full here or talk to us or our partners about the benefits it brings. Not a subscriber or outside of Somerset? - there are a lots of downloadable resources below and which we can signpost you to, that are free to all.

Somerset Film and InspirED are proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture. To find out how we can support your Artsmark journey, telephone 01278 433172.

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What / who is InspirED?

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InspirED at Somerset Film

Film and digital media (creative IT) offer a wealth of creative potential and we aim to help you make the most of these possibilities to the benefit of Somerset’s children and young people.

Plus there are a host of resources (see below). We are also working with early years and special education providers to ensure that our offer is inclusive – that no-one is left behind.

Coming up this Autumn...

Into Film Festival 

We are delighted to once again be part of the national INTO FILM festival. We will be hosting free screenings at The Engine Room community media centre in Bridgwater. We will be showing the following films...

BFG Thursday 22nd November

Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realises that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

Journeys End Friday 23rd November

Led by young officer Stanhope, whose mental health is rapidly disintegrating, a group of British soldiers await their fate in an Aisne dugout during the end of World War I.

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INTO FILM CPD Workshops

We are pleased to be able to continue to offer FREE Into Film CPD workshops. These can take place either at your school or at The Engine Room and can either be two hours or one day. A minimum of 6 participants is required. If you don’t have quite enough staff but are interested then do let us know as we can match you with a session taking place at another school. Sessions include:

Raising Literacy Attainment through Film

Filmmaking for Curricular Attainment

InspirED Photography Competition Private View

On Wednesday 12th September 2018, we hosted a private view of our InspirED Photography Competition winners. Head to The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre in Taunton to see the photographs created by students from Somerset primary and secondary schools until Tuesday 6th November. View full winning entries here.

As well as the activities detailed below we also place filmmakers and digital artists in schools.

Minecraft Workshops

Using this popular 3D building software, we’ll work with groups of KS2 pupils to create a virtual sculpture garden and give you ideas to realise their vision later in the academic year. Each workshop lasts one hour and can accommodate up to 8 children per session.
Dates Available: 10/12/14/17/18 December 2018*

*Booked on a first come first serve basis.
Please note that access to the internet require so a good wi-fi network is
essential.

InspirED Digidays

We offer face-to-face support through pre-bookable 60 or 90 minute sessions.  These will typically run at our Bridgwater Engine Room base.  However by arrangement we can also come to you – indeed we would like to do so as it gives us a chance to better tailor what we offer to the benefit of your students.

Use these sessions to get the support you need to develop a digital project or to exploit digital technology to augment other creative work in any aspect of the curriculum.  They are intended as CPD but on occasion we may be able to meet with a small group of your students in the process.  As you will be aware the best return on your investment in InspirED is to embed skills with your staff. Time is limited so it is best to use these sessions to get something moving or to trouble shoot. We usually suggest a maximum of 6 to 8 teachers per session.

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After School Photography Club Guide

This guide is designed to help you to deliver a ten-week photography club at your primary school. It contains ideas, activities and technical advice. Each session will take approx. an hour. You can either undertake each assignment in order or create number cards for your club participants to draw out of a hat. This really is just a guide and we welcome your feedback on it - we’re keen to hear what works for you and to see the work created.

Need to borrow some cameras? We have 20* x Small Cameras (Ixus, Nikon etc) available to borrow free of charge. *If you need one for every child in a class then let us know.

After-school Animation Club Guide

We commissioned filmmaker and teacher Kate Saunders to work with us to create a guide to running a ten-week after-school animation club. The guide includes week-by-week activities you can lead with your primary school group, helpful advice and links to resources and tutorial videos. It's free to download and could be led by a teaching assistant or volunteer. If you’re thinking of offering a club in your school don’t forget if you're an InspirED school you can book a Digiday as a practical introduction and support.

You might decide to charge for the club and use the fees towards your InspirED subscription or to buy more equipment for your school.

Resources

Equipment

Kit/accessories that you can borrow free of charge to undertake creative projects in schools or to simply try out before investing in your own.

Equipment available includes:

  • Canon XA10 Camera HD and Tripod - ideal for making school news reports or short dramas
  • Rode microphone, headphones, boom pole and clapperboard
  • 6 x iPad stands and tripods great for use when animating or filmmaking in groups
  • 20* x Small Cameras (Ixus, Nikon etc) - perfect for photography activities and can also do video.

Booked on a first-come, first-served basis. We're keen to hear about any other equipment you might be interested in having access too so we can add it to a wish-list for future investment.

*If you need one for every child in a class then let us know.

Scripts for Secondary School Drama Groups

We’ve commissioned award-winning writer Richard Addison to produce three original scripts especially for secondary schools to produce. These are FREE for you to use if you include the credits indicated on each script. We’d love to see the finished results so don’t forget to send us a link to your films – we’ll be featuring the best on Somerset TV and on our website.

More Resources for schools

Film made with Somerset schools for young people Choosing your Subject Options - Your guide to Art, Dance and Drama

SEN Resources folder - full of useful documents we've found online for film and animation

Listen to an interview with Roots of Empathy, which describes a truly innovative and inspiring approach to emotional dysfunction in children and young adults

Decode resources, created to help anyone working with young people use digital media to explore history, in particular, carnival and fair,

Family Connections resources - a series of 'how to' videos for use by all ages on subjects ranging from using Pinterest to iMovie and iStop Motion.

National resources for schools

Into Film Curriculum linked resources - take a look at their latest resources including Mindfulness through Film and Hidden Figures -helping young people explore themes of diversity, equality and careers in STEM.

National Schools Partnership - latest release include Viceroy's House for use in the history classroom and a STEM based learning resource for years five and six

Want to run your own School Film Club?

It's easy and it's free with INTO FILM

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