Assessment for Learning Resource Bank

Web-based Learning and Teaching Support

Learning and Teaching Activity – Films and Film Reviews


Module: Happy Days

Suggested Level: Key Stage 2


Learning Targets for Key Stage 2

To develop an ever-improving capability to use English

        To establish and maintain relationships and routines in school and other familiar situations (ISa)

        To converse about feelings, interests, preferences, ideas, experiences and plans (ISb)

        To obtain and provide objects, services and information in classroom situations and through activities such as interactive games and simple open-ended role-play (ISe)

        To identify ideas in simple spoken and written texts, form opinions and express them (KSc)

        To respond to characters and events in imaginative and other narrative texts through oral, written and performative means such as making predictions (ESb)


Learning Objectives











Text Types

- Survey reports


- Blurbs


- Blurbs

- Film reviews

- Film reviews

- Crossword puzzle


Vocabulary Items



-ing adjective to describe films

amazing, funny, exciting, interesting, boring, surprising, fantastic, hilarious, disappointing, moving, touching,


-ed adjectives to describe feelings

amazed, excited, interested, bored, surprised, worried, disappointed, moved, touched


Phrasal verbs to talk about plots in films

turn into, find out, get away, get into, give up, look for, make up, set off



Film genres

animation, cartoon, comedy, drama, science-fiction, family, animal, adventure


Features of a film

E.g. actors, actresses, writer, special effects, setting, plot, characters and scene

Language Items and Communicative Functions

Use the present perfect and simple past tense to complete simple survey forms

E.g. Have you seen Toy Story 2?

Yes, I have.

Did you like it?

Yes, I did.


Use modal verb ‘would’ to get information and preference for a survey

E.g. Would you like to see it?

No, I wouldn’t.


Use adjectives ended with -ed to describe one's feelings and adjectives ended with -ing to describe films

E.g. I was amazed because the special effects were even better.
The plot was so exciting and amusing.


Language Skills


- Predict the likely development of a topic by recognizing key words, using personal experiences and making use of context and knowledge of the world


- Gather and share information and ideas by using strategies such as brainstorming, questioning and interviewing

- Plan and organize information, and express own ideas and feelings by deciding on the sequencing of content



- Present information, ideas and feelings clearly and coherently

- Participate effectively in an oral interaction


Relevant Basic Competency Descriptors














Using a range of reading strategies to understand the meaning of simple texts with the help of cues


Applying simple reference skills with the help of cues


Constructing short and simple texts on familiar topics with little guidance to communicate one’s own ideas and experiences intelligibly


Providing and/or exchanging (asking and answering) simple information and ideas (including personal experiences, imaginative ideas and evaluative remarks), and attempting to provide some elaboration with the help of cues


Using a small range of vocabulary, sentence patterns and cohesive devices to convey simple information and ideas fairly appropriately with the help of cues despite some grammatical mistakes




Suggested Duration


Available for Self Learning

Task 1


Teachers' Notes

Activity Plan


PowerPoint Presentation


Conducting a Survey

Learners conduct an in-class survey "Have you seen it?" verbally and complete the survey form by using the present perfect, the simple past, and modal verb “would”.



LT 1.1 – Sample Survey Form

LT 1.2 – Film Survey Form



Task 2


Activity Plan


Identifying the Organization of a Survey Report

Learners identify the organization of a survey report by sequencing and matching activities.



LT 2.1 – Organization of Survey Report P

LT 2.2 – A Sample Survey Report and Survey Record




Task 3


Activity Plan


Producing a Simple Survey Report

By relating a survey record (a tally table) to its written report, learners understand how to retrieve information from the record to complete a survey report.



LT 2.2 – A Sample Survey Report and Survey Record
LT 3.1 – An Incomplete Survey Report and Tally Record
LT 3.2 – Survey Report Writing Sheet




Task 4


Activity Plan

PowerPoint Presentation

Retrieving Information from Film Blurbs

Using authentic film blurbs as examples, learners practise how to retrieve information from them to complete an information chart.


They also learn to identify some film features such as types, key characters, setting and plot of films.



LT 4.1 – Sample Film Information Charts

LT 4.2 – Film Information Chart




Task 5


Activity Plan


Choosing the Most Interested Film

A whole-class survey on the most interested film is conducted to understand the preferences of the class.


They also have the chance to strengthen their understanding of the language used in film blurbs and reviews.




Task 6


Activity Plan



Identifying Features of a Film Review

Learners learn the features of a film review by completing an information chart of a film.



LT 6 – Film Review Information Chart




Task 7


Activity Plan


Predicting information

Learners watch the chosen film. They use prediction skills before and while watching to help understand the film content.



LT 7.1 – Pre-viewing Prediction Activity

LT 7.2 – Memory Recall Test

LT 7.3 – While-viewing Prediction Activity I – Matching

LT 7.4 – While-viewing Prediction Activity II – Matching



Task 8


Activity Plan


Writing a Film Review

After watching the film, learners write a film review to summarize the story and to express opinions on the film with the language features learnt in the previous tasks.


LT 8 – Film Review Writing Sheet




Task 9


Activity Plan


Completing a Crossword Puzzle

Learners complete a crossword puzzle to revisit the vocabulary items they have learnt in the previous tasks.



LT 9 – Crossword Puzzle







For permission to reproduce and share the materials, we would like to thank the following:


St Anthony’s School

Ms Rosa Lai-wah Ho

Ms Whitney Chan

Ms Ka-po Ho


We are grateful to Dr Anthony K.K. Tong, Principal Investigator of the EDB-commissioned research project the Study of Using Assessment Data to Enhance Learning and Teaching, and also Ms Doreen Ho, Research Officer of the project, for their contribution to the production of the original package.


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