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Challenge 59

Empowering children and their teachers to actively engage with health and wellbeing issues in their communities, through dance and film

Challenge 59 uses dance as a vehicle for embodied learning about health and wellbeing - physically, emotionally and socially, empowering participants and equipping teachers. We use film as a tool to amplify young voices and co-produce their ideas into 59 second films with a local health message. Children and teachers are then asked to consider how to share these within wider communities.

HundrED 2019


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2019

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June 2018
I just hope that this opportunity continues to be opened to other schools, authorities and pupils as it has the potential to have a very positive impact on many lives and communities...the pupils have learnt more than we will really know. Team work skills, speaking and listening, co- operation, healthy living habits, the power to change and make a difference, inspiration and added confidence to develop other talents

About the innovation

What is Challenge 59

Physical inactivity contributes to 1 in 10 deaths in the UK. Childhood obesity rates are beyond critical in some boroughs and there has been a rise in mental health issues for young people. The UK rates poorly against 16 other countries in a survey about child happiness and emotional wellbeing. Businesses speak of a future generation not equipped with skills for the future workforce, and digital media is changing our social interactions, with a 6 year old now spending an average of over 6 hours a day on a screen. Public Health England state that for the first time ever we will outlive our younger generation.

The UN Rights of the Child mention the right for children to have a health education, an education that fosters their own individual talents and personalities, the freedom to express themselves, to have a voice and it be heard, and to have access to artistic and cultural activities.

Teachers tell us that if children don't access creative arts in schools, some of them never will. We believe in putting children at the heart of their communities and think there is power in schools and creative publics. We ask children to consider what message they want to send in 59 seconds about local health issues that matter to them, empowering communities to listen and act to health campaigns truly representative of their local demographic.

Challenge 59 has four key themes explored through dance as a vehicle for learning - Thinking (mental health), Feeling (emotional health), Relating (social health) and Being (spiritual health). We believe in the power of ownership to deepen engagement and make children responsible for creating the message, drawing up film storyboards and considering how to disseminate films in localities. Previous films have been shown on BBC Bigger Picture, British Film Institute and internationally, but perhaps more importantly children have shared them at conferences, in youth parliament, whole school assemblies, lessons, with families, other schools and local influencers.

Children have the opportunity to engage as performers, choreographers, filmmakers, editors, and advocates. Teachers can gain confidence in using dance as a vehicle to support children's learning for health, as well as creative processes being translatable to other curriculum areas.

We look forward to hearing about your needs!

Impact & scalability

Academy review results
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Implementation steps

Be inspired!

Watch our taster, documentaries and view the children's 59 second storyboarded films, used as social marketing campaigns in local communities and beyond.

Be inspired to create your own movement films in your school (media consent must be sought before doing so).

All we ask is that you share them with us!

Get in touch

Get in touch with us to discuss how you would like to implement this in your school. We would love to hear your thoughts and needs and would like to hear how schools plan to engage with the project and share it.

Implement in your school

After we have had an initial consultation to identify your needs, interests and requirements, we can grant access to part(s) of our resources.

Children can engage as:

1. Film-makers

Our film toolkit has four tasks designed for children in the classroom to learn more about film making - Storytelling, Editing, Continuity, Set and Props and Music. It includes a blank storyboard template with tips from our Lighting Camera Operator.

2. Performers and Choreographers

Dance tutorials - four 59 second dances with commissioned music linked to Thinking, Feeling, Relating and Being. These can be taught as set dances or we encourage children to create their own movements to the structured music.

6 week scheme of work for whole school engagement. Please note we require your school to buy in training from us before we can grant access to this element.

3. Reflectors

We designed a Reflective Wheel that encourages children to reflect on their own learning. Where reflection is structured, attentive and regular it can support wellbeing.

4. Advocates

Once schools have produced their own 59 second films we ask you to share them in communities and with our team (media consents requested).

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