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There is often discussion about the value of film or movies for students. Heidi Hayes Jacobs calls for film literacy to be part of the literacy education for all students citing the impact and presence they have in young children’s lives. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has developed guidelines for schools in its School Policy and Advisory Guide (SPAG) around the use of film ensure that schools respond reasonably and respectfully to objections about the use of specific curriculum resources.

Common sense media have put together a list of more than 185 films both old and new as recommended viewing for families. The list is valuable as both something to share with families, particularly before the holidays but also as part of the curriculum.  These are organised into themes and age groups. Always check the ratings and advise when using them in class.

One extreme warning “Old Yeller” will need more than one box of tissues for the class and teachers!!!