Grove Park Primary School

Multi-modal and Digital Literacy

Multimodal and digital literacy is the study of spoken, printed, visual and digital texts.

Images and short films, such as those created by the British Film Institute (BFI), provide excellent texts for work with primary school children. In most cases their compact, self-contained structures bring together a range of narrative elements to ‘tell a story’ clearly and engagingly. Where a film is more abstract, there are opportunities to explore the creative uses of image and sound.

By placing questions in children’s minds before they watch a film and returning to the questions after viewing, it is possible to develop a new way of approaching a text, which gives children ways into understanding how a text is constructed. This, in turn, enables children to develop a greater understanding of how they can construct their own aural, visual and written narratives and encourages more depth in their work.

Through study of Multimodal and digital literacy, Grove Park pupils are able to explore and develop both their literacy and cineliteracy skills – the ability to analyse and interpret moving images.  They study a range of filmic texts, focusing on aspects of story, setting, sound, colour, character and camera. Pupils are able to learn about symbolic and numeric sign systems and use their learning to navigate the images, symbols, sounds, languages and layouts that they encounter on digital screens.

Our goal this year is to encourage pupils, in all year groups, to develop their ‘critical literacy’ skills, that is, to think about the most effective way to convey a message  - which modes and media to use, and why. We held an awards ceremony to celebrate writing in the Autumn term with the aim to create our own digital texts in the Spring/Summer terms.