TV programmes recommended for background Project Based Learning knowledge
BBC News: the latest news from around the world. Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Blue Planet Series: different environments are geographical problems from across the globe. Down to Earth: Series on Netflix where Zac looks at the ethical issues of food, climate and sustainability around the world. Encounter Edu National Geographical Channel 'Show me what you're made of': A CBBC series where five children travel across the world to live and work alongside the people who make the everyday items they take for granted. Sky News
There is no set curriculum for Project Based Learning, but each project that students complete is assessed on four main strands:
(Some of these films may include mature themes so please check the ratings before watching.)
Hidden Figures (2016) Rated PG: Three female African-American mathematicians play a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn's launch into orbit. Meanwhile, they also have to deal with racial and gender discrimination at work. Project Based Learning links: discrimination, racial segregation and sexism. Jojo Rabbit (2019) Rated 12A: Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend – Adolf Hitler – Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on. Project Based Learning link: divide and conquer, prejudice and discrimination. Lion (2016) Rated PG: Saroo gets separated from his family at the age of five and ends up being adopted by an Australian couple. However, he returns to India 25 years later to search for his birth parents. Project Based Learning links: identity, culture, belonging. Love Simon (2018) Rated 12A: Simon Spier keeps his sexual orientation a secret from his family. However, when a blackmailer threatens to reveal it, he goes on a roller-coaster journey to come to terms with his identity. Project Based Learning links: diversity, discrimination, self-discovery, LGBTQ+ awareness. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. (2016) Rated 12A: A young boy named Jake discovers a house full of children with supernatural powers run by Miss Peregrine. Soon, he must help protect their home from terrifying enemies called Hollowgasts. Project Based Learning link: individuality, diversity and difference. The Blind Side (2009) Rated 12A: The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatised boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. Project Based Learning link: individuality, diversity and difference, learning a skill, resilience, belonging.
The Fault in our Stars (2014) Rated 12A: Two cancer-afflicted teenagers Hazel and Augustus meet at a cancer support group. The two of them embark on a journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam. Project Based Learning links: oracy, discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping. The Hate U Give (2018) Rated 12: Starr Carter, an African-American teenager, faces pressure from various communities and tries to stand up for what is right after she witnesses the shooting of her best friend by the police. Project Based Learning links: human rights, activist, inequality, stereotyping and student voice. The Inconvenient Truth (2006) Rated U: Based on a planetary emergency due to global warming, it shows re-enacted incidents from Al Gore's life story which influenced his concerns about environmental issues. Project Based Learning links: climate change, global warming. Wonder (2017) Rated PG: Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie Pullman becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them and prove you cannot blend in when you were born to stand out. Project Based Learning links: resilience, tolerance, acceptance and overcoming adversity.