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'Stories in Art' Volumes 1 and 2 are the first in a series of cross-curricular videos.

They are written and presented by Jane Chipperfield, a teacher of twenty years' experience with Key Stages 1 and 2.

The series is designed to spark an interest in pupils aged 7 to 11 in the great works of art that are accessible in Britain. However, the content is such that there is much that could be used to supplement the work of the secondary age pupil.

Each programme focuses on three types of work and reveals the stories behind them. The class is introduced to a detective who encourages pupils to look for the clues and the message or meaning of each piece.

Giving insight and bringing life to paintings and objects in this way, seeks to inspire children to actually visit the locations and see the pieces with their own eyes.

"The programmes are based around a lesson format that I successfully used over my teaching career. Although not a totally original idea, my version worked for me."

The programmes are posted with accompanying Teachers' Notes. Using the ideas contained within these Notes, teachers will be able to form their own lessons across a broad range of the curriculum.

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