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Book Trailers: An approach to teaching reading appreciation in schools

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Widey Court Primary School are involved in an exciting project which spans all of Europe called Erasmus+. Booktrailers and Videostorytelling: How to teach and learn reading appreciation.

The project is designed to improve standards of reading and computing by creating Book trailers.

As part of this project, children have been working on various aspects to create videos that were presented at a *MEET workshop and film festival in Plymouth in which European countries attended.


This took place in March 2017. Children and teachers from Greece, Spain, Italy, Romania and Latvia were also working towards creating book trailers.

Widey Court Primary School  hosted its own festival, inviting schools including our  European partner counties to attend our school, showcasing  children’s work and providing opportunities for education and development of skills to other colleagues and children.

During the Spring and summer terms, the children were creating  book trailers based on titles such as  ‘ 'The Twits, Lost and Found’, and many more.

The festival included a procession/parade with the children involved in the project walking from the Plaza to the REEL Cinema to view the finalist booktrailers, followed by the awards ceremony which was attended by the Lady Mayoress of Plymouth.

This was a great opportunity to showcase Plymouth on the international stage as many of the participants and delegates were visiting this part of the UK for the first time.


*MEET = Movie for European Education and Training