ScreenSkills partner with Lupus Films to create The Tiger Who Came to Tea lesson plan

A new animated adaptation of Judith Kerr’s much-loved classic, The Tiger Who Came to Tea (published by HarperCollins Children’s Books), due to premiere on television this Christmas will come with a lesson plan to excite and inspire primary school children about jobs in the animation industry.

ScreenSkills, the skills charity for the UK’s screen industries, has collaborated with the production company, Lupus Films, to create the resources which will be shared with schools after the premiere of the TV special on Channel 4 this Christmas.

The career lesson plan will demonstrate the various jobs available in the animation industry and is designed to conclude with children creating their own animation based on The Tiger Who Came to Tea story.

Commissioned by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council with contributions from the animation industry to the Animation Skills Fund, it will consist of a flexible plan which can be run as a single lesson or a series. It will include teacher notes, a presentation, a project book for the children and additional lessons in maths and science.

The lesson plan will be available on the ScreenSkills website from the end of January 2020 – the start of Digital Cities Week in Bristol.  (Digital Cities, organised by the BBC Academy with support from ScreenSkills and others, are a series of workshops, masterclasses and other events that take place at locations across the UK to boost digital skills and introduce young people to new technology.)

The animation lesson plan is the first in a new series on careers in the screen industries, created by ScreenSkills in association with the Into Film education charity and Arts Council England. The next plans are due to be launched in March 2020.

Compass Point School in Bristol, which has an Into Film club, will host a launch event, with Year 5 and Year 6 students from three schools taking part in a lesson followed by a tea party. Teaching staff will be invited to take part in a professional development workshop on using animation in the classroom, hosted by the educational charity Into Film, the same day.

Seetha Kumar, Chief Executive of ScreenSkills, said: “This is a lovely way of opening the minds of children to how an animation is brought to life. It is a natural way of encouraging them to develop skills – whether technical, social or creative – that will be useful whatever they do later in life. However, for some young people, we also hope it will plant the idea that animation could be a career. We would love this project to help inspire future generations of British animators.”

Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama, Channel 4, said: “We are thrilled that our Christmas special will help inspire young people to discover how animations are made.”

Adam Jackson-Nocher, Line Producer, Lupus Films, said: "We are delighted that The Tiger Who Came to Tea is featuring in the upcoming lesson plan, and to see such excellent resources being made available for a young age group. We are very proud to offer our continued support to the fantastic work ScreenSkills are doing to inspire the future generation of home-grown animation talent in the UK.”   

Paul Reeve, CEO, Into Film, said: “Introducing primary aged children to career possibilities in the screen industries is an important element of Into Film’s work and we are delighted to be working in partnership with ScreenSkills on this venture. We hope the beautifully animated source material, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, will inspire children to engage with the exciting possibilities of careers in animation and that they will be energised by the event in Bristol. We also hope that teachers will feel equipped and confident to use animation in the classroom as an accessible and hugely enjoyable tool for learning.”

The Tiger Who Came to Tea has sold more than 5 million copies since it was first published in 1968. Its author, Judith Kerr, died in May this year aged 95. Channel 4 have commissioned the new hand-drawn animated special, produced by Lupus Films in association with HarperCollins Children’s Books and Universal Pictures, and HarperCollins, to air on Christmas Eve.

Channel 4’s last festive children’s classic, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, also produced by Lupus Films, was the Channel’s most-watched programme of 2016 with more than 8 million viewers over the festive period.

For press inquiries about the educational resources, please contact Louise Jury, director of communications and marketing, on 020 7713 9883  or or Saffeya Shebli, communications consultant, on 020 7713 9835 or

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