ABOUT THE PROJECT
This is an exciting 3 year programme where Chocolate Films is providing innovative filmmaking workshops that help disadvantaged primary school children who are struggling in maths and literacy. Each year, we work 15 pupils in three primary schools over 22 weeks as an after school club once a week. Year on year we have achieved a visible difference in the pupils self esteem and over 50% of the pupils have improved either their maths or literacy skills by two national curriculum sub-levels (equivalent to four Target Tracker steps.)
The project aims to excite young people about learning in a fun and creative way. During the workshops our facilitators work with pupils to create film ideas that involve a maths or literacy puzzle. Pupils develop ideas and characters, learn camera and sound recording skills and an introduction to the editing process. At the end of each year we arrange a celebratory screening at a local cinema and teachers share the films as a learning resource in schools.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
How To Succeed in School is now entering its final year, where we will be working with three primary schools in Lambeth; Archbishop Sumner Church of England Primary School, Reay Primary School, St John The Divine Primary School. If you would like to talk with us about running a similar project or after-school club in your school get in touch here
Behind The Scenes
Learning Goals and Achievements
Young people have become Chocolate Films Young Ambassadors and created a dedicated website for the project and are designing an exhibition to showcase their creative work over the programme’s life. The films made by young people together with images and footage found as part of the project will all be available for a wider audience to engage with and enjoy on the website in March 2016.
Nine Elms: Past & Present Project Videos
THE FAMOUS FOOTBALLER
The famous footballer doesn’t know his maths so a clever princess comes to the rescue!
ZOMBIE ISLAND SURVIVAL
Neveah falls asleep in her literacy lesson about homophones.
BATMAN: THE NEW SUIT
One morning Batman wakes up to discover he needs a new suit.
NINE TIMES TABLE SONG
The Times Table Rock Stars teach us a song to help us remember the nine times table.
JUNGLE ISLAND SURVIVAL
Michelle is lost on a Jungle Island. Can you help her escape the island by solving a number of maths riddles?
Will Oscar be able to spell ‘distinguish’ and ‘excalibur’ and defeat the Tarantula King to save Coraline?
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
There are currently opportunities to curate a public exhibition of films and sound recordings in Nine Elms which will open in Battersea in early 2016, working closely with Wandsworth Museum for expert advice about curating heritage material.
Chocolate Films Workshops will be working in Nine Elms as part of the new Cultural Quarter from 2019 and so as producers we are excited to develop new engagement opportunities in Nine Elms.
Had a great time at this event- was good to see a film I might not have found on my own and an added bonus to have Q&A with the director! Thanks!From the launch Event at Battersea Power station
'Lovely space for the event and people are generally responding well'From the community screening on the Patmore Estate
'Fascinating - a unique experience'
‘Very enjoyable workshop, all staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, as were all other filmmakers. An incredibly good experience from start to finish' - Louis KellyFrom the Summer Filmmaking workshops