Mascha Halberstad, 2012
© Viking Film - NTR
Educational objectives of the programme
Why and how do our memories reappear?
Discover all our
Memory at schoolHow do our memories resurface? What triggers our memory? A sound, a smell, a taste, a body situation, a certain temperature, the humidity of the air, a relationship of scale with an object or a place?
Why and how do certain scenes from previous lives, certain people who have disappeared from our memory, suddenly resurface?
A subject that is a little difficult for the little ones, but fascinating; young children are easily taken in by the game.
In Marcel Proust's novel
A lesser-known example from the same novel, in the courtyard of the Hôtel de Guermantes, disjointed cobblestones, a loss of balance, resurrect its past: the uneven paving stones of St Mark's Square in Venice.
The science of memory is still in its infancy, but we are beginning to understand the role of the hippocampus in memory and now believe that our memories, linked to unique moments and sensory experiences, are stored in the brain as particular and unique configurations of neurons.
One of the ideas of
This connection may never be reactivated, but if by chance one relives a sensory experience similar to an earlier one, a sound or a smell would reactivate this unique configuration, and resurrect the memory inextricably linked to that sensory experience.
Ideas for activities about memoryMany adults have experienced the sudden appearance of a lost memory.
Children, too, forget at an early age and revive buried memories.
Ask the children to make a list of their memories.
The memories of yesterday, the older memories.
Did your children enjoy this programme of films about memory? Have you studied a film about memories or memory with your pupils?
Share your experience with the children, the topics covered, the activities created in the kindergarten or primary class, the children's reaction.