Think Before You Start - Discuss

What do you think a detective cat might be like?

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Quick-Fire Questions

  1. Why did Maximilian frown on page 2?
  2. Where does Maximilian live?
  3. What does the word ‘scampered’ mean on page 4?
  4. What does the phrase: ‘It was time to take matters into his own paws’ mean on page 5?
  5. How is the city different from what Maximilian is used to?
  6. Which simile is used on page 15?
  7. Which adjectives are used to describe the music on page 16?
  8. How is Maximilian different from Oscar the black cat?

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“I have used film and video in class many times before but the reason this project worked so well is that they were the storytellers, the experts. They knew that in order to do justice to the stories, they must feel real, not like the recount of a child. This became the driving force behind their truly incredible writing. ”

Adam Mitchell,
Billanook College

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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