Start the adventure here!

Get ready to begin a 7 week series of cross-curricular writing lessons based on the digital book, ‘El Dorado’! This is a project for your learners to really get their teeth into, culminating in a swash-buckling pirate, treasure-hunting adventure, that can be simply written and videoed at home.

Children have been enthused to write and film using this project in classrooms for years, so what better way to keep your pupils engaged with the writing process than with us at LitFilmFest Classrooms.

Get the planning overview:

7 week plan with links

Download the digital text:

El Dorado Book

Download the daily worksheets:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7




El Dorado Project Week 1 playlist!


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More daily lessons on YouTube

El Dorado Project Week 2 playlist

El Dorado Project Week 3 playlist

El Dorado Project Week 4 playlist

El Dorado Project Week 5 playlist

El Dorado Project Week 6 playlist

El Dorado Project Week 7 playlist

“Every lesson in Why I Play was planned meticulously and backed up with videos that had the children in stitches! The project stretched me as a teacher and allowed me to bring in my own interests for use of EdTech and filming within the curriculum.”

Richard Allen,
Copenhagen Primary School

The research behind LitFilmFest

In a four month research study supported by the UCL Institute of Education, we worked with 200 KS2 students across three schools to measure the efficacy of our approach.

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