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Rise to the challenge

23 April 2020

Years 7, 8 and 9 were busy over Easter, developing their creativity, imagination and understanding of the world around us.

As part of our Westminster City School Culture Challenge, pupils were writing, drawing, performing and more, with a different activity and task for each day of their holiday. These culture challenges ranged from historical to literary and from theatre to sport, yet all helped our young people keep busy and engaged in learning during this difficult time.

Below are just a few examples of the different activities and tasks set, showing the diversity of work undertaken by our determined pupils.

  • For history and literature, pupils undertook a virtual tour of Anne Frank’s house and wrote their own diary entry.
  • For theatre and dance, pupils streamed an online production by the Royal Ballet, then wrote about the performance.
  • For sport, pupils watched selected exercise videos on YouTube and then timed how long they could hold their own squat, press up and plank positions.
  • For art, pupils undertook a virtual tour of the National Gallery, then wrote about the Renaissance art their and recreated one painting themselves.
  • For poetry, pupils learnt a poem off by heart and performed it for their family.
  • For music, pupils listened to a song and then wrote a short story or poem inspired by that piece of music.

In addition, our Westminster City School Culture Challenge included acts of kindness, which saw pupils doing chores around the home, making cups of tea for their family and reading to younger siblings. The above photograph shows the act of kindness for his mother by current Year 7 pupil, Quincy.

Pupils recorded their work in their culture journal, which they have now submitted to staff for assessment. Positive points will awarded to pupils for their hard work and creativity, with prizes for those who completed the most tasks or undertook the most imaginative work. 

Well done to all who took part in our Westminster City School Culture Challenge! We look forward to featuring further work inspired by our Culture Challenge on our website and social media channels over the next few weeks.

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