‘Live’ battle report in line for top prize

Some of the children who appear in 'Big Battle Build-Up'.
Some of the children who appear in 'Big Battle Build-Up'.

A ‘live’ news report on the Battle of Bannockburn could win Letham Primary School pupils a national award - with a little help from the community.

The pupils have been shortlisted for the final of a short film competition run by the National Trust for Scotland, organised to mark the opening of the trust’s new visitor centre at the battlefield.

Open to schools across the country, pupils were given free rein to use live action, animation or any other technique for their films. The finished entries were to last no longer than five minutes and could depict any aspect of the battle, which was fought between the forces of Scottish King Robert the Bruce and the English monarch Edward I on June 23 and 24, 1314.

The Letham pupils’ entry, ‘Big Battle Build-Up’, tells the story of the battle ‘live’ as it happens in the style of a news report, complete with outside broadcasts and presenters’ in-studio analysis.

But the eventual winner will be decided by a public vote, which is taking place online now. The successful entry’s prize will include film equipment and inclusion on the Bannockburn website.

The overall winner will be announced during a live broadcast by Glow TV, Education Scotland’s free broadcast facility and the hope is that schools from all over Scotland will tune in to see the results.

Calum Price, learning manager at the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, said: “Our ethos is learning by doing and the film competition reflects that, pupils have depicted elements of the battle themselves and thought very carefully about the people who were involved when creating their characters.”

Aileen Wallace, class teacher, added: “This competition provided a fantastic opportunity, hands-on experience and a meaningful context for kids to work together and use ICT to learn about Scottish history and develop their researching and film-making skills. We’re all really excited!”

All five films can be viewed and voted for online now at: http://battleofbannockburn.com/learn/battle-of-bannockburn-short-film-competition/