FIRST play this video WITHOUT watching the film so that you can ONLY HEAR THE MUSIC. The music is beautiful.
Predict what you think the film may be about and why it is called Piano.
Next we watch the video – Think about what you know, what you want to know and what you have guessed. e.g. guess his wife is the woman in film and she has died, guess that he is poor as he has no furniture.
It is a very moving story. Opportunities for writing:
1) writing home from the battlefield to a loved one, describing the man dying.
2) create a 'photo diary' of memories - you can use stills from the animation or draw your own photos. Then write captions in character to go with each picture.
3) This is an ideal film for inspiring a story using flashbacks and flash-forwards.
Can the children describe the setting and action and then change the place and time using text signposts?