Glitz and glamour in Red Row as school hosts its film premiere

Pupils at Red Row First School get ready for their film premiere. Picture by Jane Coltman
Pupils at Red Row First School get ready for their film premiere. Picture by Jane Coltman
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A touch of Hollywood glamour came to a Northumberland school last week as pupils hosted a film premiere as well as an Oscars-style awards ceremony.

The event, to which the whole school as well the families of the Year 4 pupils involved were invited, was designed to showcase the youngsters’ efforts this term in literacy lessons.

The girls making final preparations before the curtains went up. 
Picture by Jane Coltman

The girls making final preparations before the curtains went up. Picture by Jane Coltman

Using resources by A Tale Unfolds, the children wrote a script as well as the material that went behind the film, like diaries, before creating, filming and producing a 30-minute film using iMovie.

The 16 Year 4 pupils involved, who all took turns playing one of the five roles in the production, unveiled the final version of El Dorado: The Lost City of Gold last Tuesday.

And as with any film premiere or awards ceremony, there were the ‘stars’ dressed in their glad-rags strutting their staff on the red carpet as well as statuettes for the lucky winners.

Year 4 teacher Gwen Curry said: “They have had a brilliant time. It’s been outstanding.”

Pupils show off their Oscars.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Pupils show off their Oscars. Picture by Jane Coltman

She was also full of praise for A Tale Unfolds, an organisation which provides literacy filmmaking resources.

“It’s turned the literacy curriculum into something very exciting and given us a reason to do writing, because it’s sometimes hard getting boys to write,” she said.

Pupils at Red Row First School during their film premiere.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Pupils at Red Row First School during their film premiere. Picture by Jane Coltman

Some of the male stars heading down the red carpet. .
Picture by Jane Coltman

Some of the male stars heading down the red carpet. . Picture by Jane Coltman

Strutting their stuff on the red carpet. Picture by Jane Coltman

Strutting their stuff on the red carpet. Picture by Jane Coltman

Some of the female stars heading down the red carpet.  Picture by Jane Coltman

Some of the female stars heading down the red carpet. Picture by Jane Coltman