Pupils shine at Oscar-style film and animation finals

Ainsley Crossley-Harvey, of Ingrow Primary School, Keighley, who was taking part in the finals held at the National Media Museum

Paige Hegarty, Tyler Lightbrown, Ainsley Crossley-Harvey and Bailey Lister, of Ingrow Primary School, Keighley, at the finals held at the National Media Museum

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BUDDING young film-makers and animators from across the district were recognised at an Oscars-style celebration event at Bradford's National Media Museum.

Bradford Council's Curriculum Innovation team, in partnership with Zu3D, worked with 12 schools throughout the year on the tenth annual 'Film and Animation' competition, the winners of which were decided by the 170 pupils who took part in the programme.

The 'Oscars' event saw the best of digital animation, visual story, film and photography work produced in schools over the course of the academic year shown on the big screen at the museum's Pictureville Cinema.

Paul Scott, Bradford Council’s curriculum innovation service manager, said: “There is a wealth of talent among the district’s pupils, and year on year we see highly imaginative works being created and submitted to this competition.”

The 2014 event saw 26 entries submitted by 12 schools across Bradford and Keighley, in different age groups varying from key stage one to year six.

The school which saw the most entries shortlisted for the finals was Ingrow Primary School, and teacher Jenna Mudd said the children always enjoyed the "amazing experience".

"It's a fabulous event that consolidates the work the children do throughout the year," she said.

"The work towards the competition is embedded into everyday lessons like science, literacy and numeracy, and it's a different and practical avenue for their learning, doing things they wouldn't normally get the chance to do.

"The impact it has on their learning is immense, and they're so excited and proud to be here. They are in awe of the whole event and it's an amazing way to end the school year, a real highlight."

James Langley, a curriculum innovation consultant for the council – who has been working with all the schools taking part in this year's competition – said: "The entries are always of a high standard, but some this year are just absolutely brilliant.

"And we're using a new interactive voting system developed by Ombea, so the children themselves will be voting for the winner, which is fantastic."

Ingrow triumphed in the key stage one and year 3/4 animation categories, and also won the key stage one and year 3/4 visual stories awards.

Fagley Primary School won the year 5/6 visual stories section, and the year 3/4 film prize.

All Saints CE Primary School was voted winner for the year 5/6 animation, and in the film category, Aire View Infant School triumphed at key stage one and Brackenhill Primary School at year 5/6.

In the photography section, Nessfield Primary School won the key stage one award and Rhys Spencer at St John's CE Primary School won the prize for key stage two.

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