Title Details

I'm Going to School Today

Looks at primary school education in Australia in the 1970s and how it compares to the school environment and teaching methods in years past.
Year : 1971 | Total Duration : 27 Minutes | Producer : Richard Mason
Director : Henry Lewes |
Pan across street scenes with traffic past camera to WS of children playing in inner city playground. CUs of educational objects being placed on table in preparation for the first day at school including hard picture books and boxes of Lego, beads and blocks. CU of teacher's hand spreading pegs out on table next to pegboard.
Access No. 138902 | 50 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of country school seen across field of long grass and GS of the weatherboard building. WS country scene with large wheeled cart to side of framed. GS of teacher placing container of pegs at table made of pegboard with nursery rhyme scene depicted on it. High angle track over empty classroom interior with boxes of activities ready on tables. Track across empty classroom with rows of old style tables and benches with built in inkwells.
Access No. 138903 | 43 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU of blackboard with animals representing letters of the alphabet depicted in chalk across the top. Zoom out to young teacher drawing a scene of children walking to school in chalk on blackboard. CUs of 'Children Crossing' banners being put into place outside school and WS of school. WS family crossing the road to school (note 1970s style clothes). VS of children and parents walking to schools, not all in school uniforms.
Access No. 138904 | 55 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle shot over crowd of new students with parents gathered outside classroom. VS of young teacher calling out children's names and attaching name tags to their clothes. GS teacher accompanying new kindergarten children into classroom and talking to small boy carrying a bunch of flowers for the teacher and an airline style bag as his suitcase. MS boy looking through box of pencils and VS of children busy with activities on classroom floor.
Access No. 138905 | 48 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS of young teacher in kindergarten classroom comforting small crying boy. VS of teacher sitting in front of blackboard with chalk drawing on it and children sitting themselves on the floor in front of her. MS teacher talking to children. Zoom out from kindergarten children emptying buckets into tub and VS playing outside classroom on metal structure. MS two small girls painting outside of weatherboard classroom with water.
Access No. 138906 | 1 min 22 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of small children walking along shoreline of beach collecting pippis in jars. GS of children in classroom showing their teacher their collections from the beach which the teacher uses to lead into a discussion on the sea with the kindergarten class seated at her feet. CUs to faces of children listening to her. VS of teacher introducing cut-out fish and a fishing game using cut-outs and magnets. Zooms of small boy clapping out numbers in front of class.
Access No. 138907 | 1 min 20 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of teacher writing on blackboard while talking to her kindergarten class. CUs of children watching. VS of teacher discussing the beach with the children and using picture boards as the children recite the letters and pictures. VS children at their desks writing letters and books and drawing pictures to accompany letters. High angle WS of teacher sitting at table with children helping them to use cuisinaire rods to add and subtract with VS of children sitting on floor also using the coloured rods.
Access No. 138908 | 2 mins 26 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS kindergarten teacher sitting at front of class handing children prompts as they have English lessons from the blackboard. High shot and CUs of children using moulded clay or plasticine to form letters of the alphabet. VS of children drawing on dampened paper. VS of children sitting on floor singing a song together.
Access No. 138909 | 1 min 50 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS of kindergarten children on excursion running along path leading to beach laughing as they carry beach balls and towels. VS of children running around beach and rock platforms and collecting water in buckets as their teacher looks on. MS of children looking at fish in shallow water and young girl collecting shells from rock pool. VS of children looking at crab in shallows. Aerial shot over children and teacher walking over sand.
Access No. 138910 | 1 min 34 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS of kindergarten children on beach excursion running on sand and climbing through rock caves. Tilt to children climbing up rock cliff and VS playing on rocks. GS teacher in belted and collared red swimsuit with children. VS children jumping off rocks onto sand and walking along pipeline towards lighthouse. High shot over children climbing circular staircase in lighthouse interior then looking out of windows at top of lighthouse with view along coastline.
Access No. 138911 | 1 min 17 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS of kindergarten children on excursion to lighthouse with children taking turns looking through telescope assisted by teacher. Ship out to sea as seen through telescope. VS teacher with children showing each one the workings of the lighthouse. VS children back in classroom gathered around glass bowl containing objects collected from beach and VS children playing with shells at their desks and drawing pictures about their day at the seaside.
Access No. 138912 | 2 mins 2 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of kindergarten children sitting at desks and drawing pictures about their day at the seaside. VS teacher with individual children as they read out stories about the beach which accompany their drawings in books they've made. High angle shot of children finger painting together while others paint on paper pegged to boards. MS teacher dismissing children at end of day and mothers coming into classroom to collect them. Mother wearing shirt with large lapels talking to teacher. CUs of kindergarten children's paintings.
Access No. 138913 | 3 mins 1 sec | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
B&W footage of regimented style of education with CU on boy playing drum and GS of small children marching to class past band. MS children marching into class room and high shot over children sitting behind old style timber desks being instructed to open books. WS as boy is asked to read aloud from book. GS of children walking in line to outdoor benches to have their lunch and zoom out to the class sitting in one long line to have lunch.
Access No. 138914 | 1 min 18 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
B&W footage of regimented style of education with CU of teacher drawing an oval shape on the blackboard then instructing class to do the same in their books with narrator commenting on the negative aspects of this type of learning. CU of girl clasping her hand together as instructed. VS of children lined up to show their workbooks to the teacher. CU of teacher putting a 'neat' stamp in child's book.
Access No. 138915 | 52 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Tilt up to boy playing up on tree branch and VS of children arriving to school through bushy playground. Tilt down from ceiling with elaborate beams to children improvising scenes with piano accompaniment in hall. VS children in classroom shown in various work situations and interacting with teacher. High angle shots over children playing in playground and in sandpit and GS children digging in sandpit.
Access No. 138916 | 2 mins 24 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS children singing in classroom with pianist accompaniment. VS of small girl in smock fingerpainting into red paint. GS boys climbing timber structure. Parents picking children up from leafy playground contrasted to mothers waiting outside red brick school building. Teacher handing out drawings to seated children before they are dismissed from their first day at school. VS children running out to their waiting mothers and leaving.
Access No. 138917 | 2 mins 31 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |