Children show their film-making talents

Rahul Miah, 13, from Henry Cort Community School and actors during filming.  Picture: Sarah Standing (113510-8343)
Rahul Miah, 13, from Henry Cort Community School and actors during filming. Picture: Sarah Standing (113510-8343)
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Films about civil rights and the Blitz during the Second World War were written, filmed and produced by a group of talented schoolchildren as young as seven.

The amazing blue screen footage was created by dozens of youngsters at Ranvilles Infants in Fareham to highlight the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Ranvilles, which is a Rights Respecting School because it places the convention at the heart of its ethos, hosted the project with students from Henry Cort Community, Wallisdean Junior and St Francis special schools.

Groups of children aged from seven to 14 came up with ideas based on the convention’s articles like a child’s right to be protected from war, to a family and to equality.

One team filmed a plot that started on a segregated bus where black people couldn’t sit with white people, and cut to a scene with all ethnicities tucking into an Indian meal – overseen by the ghost of Martin Luther King who said ‘my work is done’.

Another group filmed the story of a lost baby elephant picked on by jungle animals, and a third film told the story of children evacuated during the Blitz.

The final film used the characters of SpongeBob SquarePants to help resolve a dispute with a shark.

Madeleine Britton, six, who played the part of the lost elephant, says: ‘All children have a right to family life.

‘If you don’t have a family someone could take you away or treat you badly, and there would be no-one to protect you.

‘Making the film was so much fun. I really enjoyed working with older children as they are so good.’

Joshua Shepherd, seven, helped create the SpongeBob film. He says: ‘The moral of our film was to avoid wars because you can get really hurt. My favourite part of making the film was the special effects.’

Stacey Barnes, a teacher at Ranvilles, says: ‘The films were extremely impressive. The children got to grips with the technology straight away and the different age groups had different ideas to bring to the table.’

Wendy Collins, headteacher, adds: ‘Making films gives the children a chance to learn about their rights in an exciting way.

‘They all had a wonderful time and worked brilliantly together.’