Stronger Together (LS-MT-346)

The victorious English 400 m. women's relay swimming team at the Stockholm Olympic Games. Postcard, 1912.

This cross-curricular learning scenario created and implemented by a Maltese Art teacher, Brendan Buttigieg, incorporates Art in relation to PSCD (Personal, Social & Career Development), PE (Physical Education) and English. This type of learning offers a creative way to develop students’ knowledge, skills and understanding while motivating them to learn through stimulating, interconnected topics. It also gives teachers opportunities to encourage active inquiry, initiative, and discussion among children. All of this happened while I was implementing this learning scenario with the Year 6 students.

Defining ‘teamwork’

The starting point was some online Quiz flashcards related to teamwork and diversity. This tested the students’ prior knowledge about these topics. Students were encouraged to write their definition of ‘teamwork’ on their learning pad. This put the students at the centre of their own learning experience because they did a brainstorming activity while extracting what they already knew.

Capturing ‘teamwork’ and ‘diversity’ in culture

The learners were shown some images depicting ‘teamwork’ and ‘diversity’ in activities that the students are familiar with. These images were found on the Europeana online platform. This confirmed and gave them a better idea about teamwork and diversity which are evident and essential in various activities or events of our daily lives.


Altogether they concluded that teamwork could be practised not only in sports but also in many other activities. Students created artworks with a tagline “Teamwork & Diversity – Stronger Together”. Their best artworks were supposed to be selected and exhibited during the yearly College Fest that our college organizes. Unfortunately, this year’s edition was cancelled. Hopefully, these artworks can be displayed next year.

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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