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Supporting the children and staff at Cleddau Reach VC School, Llangwm
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Cleddau Reach VC Primary School FILM Club

cleddau reach film club 2017About our club
Film club runs as an after-school activity, every other week during term-time, for pupils from Years 4 to 6. Film club leader is volunteer parent Mrs Allman, supported by Headteacher Mr Groves. We currently have 39 pupils attending regularly.

What we do
During Autumn and Winter terms we watch a wide range of films, from vintage comedy to modern animations. We help the children learn about writing reviews and encourage them to share and then submit their reviews online through the film club web site, which are entered into the Into Film UK Review of the Week competition. We also hold our own awards for 'best review' in our club.

During Summer term we turn our attention to film-making, having introduced the basics such as storyboarding in the previous term. A premiere of the completed film is usually held in September of that year.

Screenings are announced through the film club web site which members can log in to anytime using the details on their membership card. We also list the films being shown here:

In 2017 our club was shortlisted for Into Film Club of the Year. We didn't win, but had an amazing time in London at the awards ceremony, and this short film was made all about our club.


An additional workshop was run by Into Film on 19th June 2018 where year 3 to 6 pupils enjoyed learning to make short films on their iPads.

Film Club pupilsDue to an extremely busy Summer term, film club members in Year 5 and 6 continued their work on film making until October half-term.

The results were fantastic and you can view the film on Vimeo here The children have already hosted a premiere at the school for parents, governors, and members of the community!

*Best review awards 2017/2018*
Congratulations to Poppy L, George L, Millie G, Scarlett, Evan G, Millie G, Evie Y, and Harry G for winning best film reviews this year.

Film schedule:

28th March 2018 - Easter Special (note late pick up time of 17:30)- Curse of the Were-Rabbit
14th March 2018 - Sammy's Super TShirt
28th February 2018 - CANCELLED
31st January 2018 - to be announced

17th January 2018 - The Glitterball

FILM PREMIERE: Car Park Danger: Look, Listen, Think - Tuesday 5th December 2017, 10:15am in the School Hall. This film is also now available to watch on Vimeo.

11th November 2017 - Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers
22nd November 2017 - The Snowman and the Snow Dog

Wednesday 28th March 2018 was our Easter special and the last film club run by Mrs Allman. Here are some photographs from a very enjoyable time. Thanks to Friends for their contribution towards the Easter buffet:


Film Club started back in September 2017 and we were delighted to welcome new Year 4 pupils to the club. Screenings for 2016/17 are detailed below.

*Best review awards*
Congratulations this term to Florian and Lily who won UK Into Film Review of the Week and a fantastic bag full of goodies courtesy of Into Film!

Also, well done to Evie, Harriet, Dylan A, Florian, and Lily for winning best review for this year so far in our Club.

2016/2017 screenings
28th September - A Matter of Loaf & Death
19th October - Laurel and Hardy (Brats)
2nd November - Peter and the Wolf
11th January 2017 - Ghosts of the Abyss
25th January - Laurel and Hardy (Laughing Gravy)
8th February - Shorts and Skits (introductory film making)
1st March - Porc Pei
29th March - Easter special, ends at 5.30pm

Summer term 2017 - This summer term we are turning our hand to stop-motion animation film-making! Workshops will run on the following days:

Wednesday 7th June, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Wednesday 14th June, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Monday 26th June, 1.00pm-3.00pm.

cleddau reach film club leicester squareShortlisted for Into Film Club of the Year Under 12s from thousands of entries across the UK, our club travelled to London on 14th March 2017 to the national awards ceremony at the Odeon, Leicester Square. After an early start (5.30am!), we arrived in London to the red carpet treatment! It was amazing to see the short film about our club up on the big screen, and there were gasps in the audience as Daniel Craig and Eddie Redmayne turned up too!

Although we didn't win the award, we were all so proud to be there and be shortlisted to just three clubs in the UK.

The after show party was held at Planet Hollywood which was good fun, and the Into Film goody bags were filled with lots of brilliant things such as DVDs, headphones, headbands, keyrings, popcorn, and more!

We arrived back home at 11pm very tired but very happy with amazing memories.

You can read all about the awards on the Into Film web site at


Winter/Spring 2016

cleddau reach film club flight of the droneWork during this term focused on film making. We chose to make our own, modern version of the 1956 French classic 'The Red Balloon' which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The final production 'The Flight of the Drone' is now available to watch online.

The children worked really hard through all the development and pre-production stages with lots of ideas for the film, storyboarding and scripting. Filming took place in June and the film premeire will happen on Friday 30th September at 10.15am in the school hall.

Autumn 2015 screenings:

26/11/15 - Wallace & Gromit in a Close Shave / An Elf's Story
12/11/15 - Short film and storyboarding
22/10/15 - Back to the Cretaceous (U) (note change of date due to clash on 15/10 with Cross Country)
1/10/15 - Tom & Jerry meets Sherlock Holmes (U)


Here are some photographs and information about our film club since it started back in 2013.

In March, Year 5 and 6 pupils from film club went to the Into Film Club Awards 2015 at Leicester Square in London and had a fantastic time!

Our club was shortlisted and nominated for UK Film Club of the Year, Under 12 and although we didn't win it was amazing to see our school name (and the only school in Wales) up on the 26 metre long IMAX screen. There are in total over 10,000 film clubs running in the UK, so with just 2 other schools shortlisted for this particular award this was a fantastic achievement for the club which has only been running for 17 months.

Here's a photograph of the pupils eagerly waiting to go inside the Empire Cinema, following in the footsteps of many a film premiere actor!

cleddau reach film club in london

The panel of judges made up of various industrial professionals who reviewed the work of our club were really impressed with what the children have achieved. Here is an extract from their comments:

"Pupils and teachers at Cleddau Reach should be really proud of their achievements, including winning Into Film Dylan Thomas documentary category in Wales on their first foray into film-making. The newly established film club is also impressive, It has a strong community focus, is inclusive and shows a stimulating repertoire of films that attract a quarter of all pupils in this small rural school. Watching, making and understanding film are clearly integrated in the school curriculum as well as in after-school activity. Clearly a school with a mission and passion for film!"

"A strong application which demonstrates how the use of film is opening up new horizons for children living in an essentially rural environment. What has been achieved so far is very impressive and the club has the potential to develop into a very impressive enrichment to children's lives."

"...I liked the way parents are involved in the running of the club. Also enhancing the pupils knowledge of their culture and heritage in making a film to celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas. This is a school in a very rural area and the club is playing an important role in the cultural development of the pupils, as well as developing their creativity. It is good to see how film and film-making are being used to raise pupil attainment."

Huge congratulations to Years 5 & 6 film club pupils who in Summer Term 2014 made the film 'A sense of place: finding the poetry in our own community" inspired by the works of Dylan Thomas.

Award winning film makers The film has been awarded overall winner of the Dylan Thomas 100 IntoFilm National Competition, which is a fantastic achievement. Well done everyone! The children and staff attended an awards ceremony at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea on 6th November and received their award from Welsh actor Celyn Jones, star of the 2014 film 'Set Fire to the Stars'. Pictures of the ceremony are available to view here with a write up and the full film available to watch at Vimeo on the Into Film channel.



intofillm clubOur club has been running since September 2013, originally for children in Years 2 to 6, then in 2015 for children in Years 4 to 6 only.

INTOFILM aims to make a wide range of films available to young people, which challenge, unite, educate, amaze, and inspire. There is the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of film and use the INTOFILM website to search for films they want to watch, to submit reviews, and enter exciting competitions.

The information sheet and parental consent form is available to download here.

Here are some photographs of Year 2 children making their films as part of the 'See It Make It' support provided through Into Film.

And here are some photographs of Years 3 and 4 children who spent the day making and editing their films with film club leader Mrs Allman

Winter/Spring Term, January 2015 Film Schedule

Thursday 12th March - end of year special screening Years 2-6, - A Bug's Life (U)

Thursday 26th February - Years 5 & 6 - working with professional film maker

Thursday 12th February - Years 2-4 - working with professional film maker

Thursday 29th January - Years 5 & 6 - Buster Keaton in 'Seven Chances' (U)

Thursday 29th January - Years 5 & 6 - Buster Keaton in 'Seven Chances' (U)Thursday 15th January - Years 2-4 - The Gruffalo's Child (U)

Special Easter screening of 'A Bug's Life', 12th March 2015


FILMS shown in 2014

Thursday 4th December (Years 2-6) - Festive film screening of BAFTA award winning animation 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' followed by 'Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas'.

Thursday 11th September (Years 2-4) - Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out

Thursday 25th September (Years 5 & 6) - The Lost Thing

Thursday 9th October (Years 2-4) - Bartok the Magnificent (this session will be run by staff as Lorraine is away).

Thursday 23rd October (Years 5 & 6) - The Red Balloon

Wednesday 9th April - all film club members Years 2-6 - Easter screening of HOP

Wednesday 2nd April, Years 5 & 6 - Laurel and Hardy: The Hoose-Gow

Wednesday 19th March, Years 2-4 - The Adventures of Pocahontas (this session will be led by staff as Lorraine is away)

Wednesday 5th March, Years 5 & 6 - Pixar Shorts - Burn-E & Toy Story: Haiwain Vacation, PLUS an introduction to storyboarding

Wednesday 12th February, Years 2-4 CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER - Pixar Shorts - Presto, and Toy Story-Small Fry, PLUS storyboarding

Wednesday 29th January, Years 5 & 6 - The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

Wednesday 15th January, Years 2-4 - Lost and Found, plus an extra about how the film was made.


From September to December 2013 we screened a great variety of films for both groups, which they all really enjoyed and wrote some great reviews for. The films included Room on the Broom, T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous, Laurel and Hardy: Laughing Gravy, Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave.

On 4th December we had a Christmas special where we screened 'Arthur Christmas'. The children had a great time (see photos below) and enjoyed the festive buffet provided for them as well as relaxing on the new bean bags and floor cushions purchased by the Friends Association.

Festive Film Club Screening

festive feast



Festive screening of 'Arthur Christmas' and the buffet!

Years 2-4 enjoying a screening Years 2-4 writing their film reviews

Years 2-4 enjoying a screening Years 2-4 writing their film reviews

Years 5 & 6 working hard on their film reviews



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