Friday, May 24, 2024

# Contre Temps

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Ages: 7-11
Contributor:
Sam Collins

A man and a girl meet in a mysterious submerged city. Use our teaching ideas to explore this animated film.

Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.

## Teaching Ideas and Resources:

### English

• Write the prequel – how did the city get submerged?
• Compare this to other books and films set underwater, for example, The Little Mermaid,  The Rainbow Fish. What common themes can you find?
• Compare the setting with The OceanMaker where there is too little water.
• Write the story from the point of view of the girl.
• Write some dialogue between the characters from 3:23 to 3:55.
• Write character sketches for the characters; Noe (the man)  and Kia (the girl). Explore this site for some illustrations of them.
• Discuss the two meanings of “contre temps”; the literal french meaning of “against time” and the English meaning of “a small argument”. Is it a good title for the film? Can you make up a different title?
• Contre temps is a french phrase commonly used in English. Can you find out any more? For example, deja vu, au fait.
• Describe the setting of the story in a poem.

### Maths

• Look at different clock displays – how do we convert from analogue to digital, or 12 to 24 hour?
• Set some time word problems based on the film. For example, if high tide is at 10:00 am and the time is now 8:30 am, how long is it until high tide?
• Look at some tide tables – what patterns can you see? Set some word problems based on the tides.

### Science

• Where in the world do we find coral? What kind of habitat does it need?
• Research tides and create a fact file. Why do we have high and low tides?
• Investigate how pendulums work by making them from string and a weight (for example, some plasticene). How long does it take to swing from one point to another? What happens if you change a variable (the weight of the pendulum, the length of the string)?

### Computing

• Design a webpage to promote the film. What images would you include to make people want to see it?

### Design Technology

• Investigate clockwork mechanisms. How do they work?

### Art

• Stop the film at 1:47. Look at images of staircases and try drawing your own. This step-by-step video will help.

### Music

• Listen to some music on the theme of water, for example, Handel’s Water Music. How does the music make you think of water?
• Compose a soundtrack for the film. Which instruments would you use?

### Geography

• Water is essential for human life. Research how people in different parts of the world get their water. For example, what is the difference between hot countries and cold countries?
• Compare a place near the sea with a place very far away from it.
• Look at public clocks in your area. Why have they been placed where they are?

### History

• Find out about some submerged cities. For example, Lion City in China was purposely submerged to form a reservoir and divers can now explore it.
• Watch this video from the British Museum about the history of telling the time.

### Physical education

• Create your own dance based on the story.

### Languages

• Find out time words in the language you are studying.