Recommended age group: Primary and Secondary
Time required: 45 - 60 minutes
Equipment: Art materials: colouring pens, pencils, crayons, paints. Scissors.


Challenge outcomes

  • Design and illustrate a postcard.
  • Write a message of motivation or support for Team GB and ParalymicsGB.
  • Develop vocabulary around the theme of motivation and encouragement.

Teacher notes

This challenge provides an opportunity for pupils/students to share motivational and encouraging messages to Team GB and ParalympicsGB competing in Tokyo this summer. Remind pupils/students that this year Team GB and ParalympicsGB will be in Tokyo without a supporting crowd, and these postcards will be a nice way that they can share their support.

If you take part, please ensure that both sides of the postcard are photographed when posting to social media and use the hashtag #ShareYourGBPride. These will be shared with Team GB and ParalympicsGB. 

Tip: As pupils/ students are not posting these postcards, there is more space for them to write their message. Encourage pupils/students to use the space when writing their supportive message.

Support: Pupils/students can work in pairs or small groups to develop motivational messages. 
Challenge: Encourage younger pupils to think about the impact of support from fans on Olympic and Paralympic athletes’ performance. For older students, challenge them to find the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Optional: Play the video clips to the class:

Take it further 

  • Share pupils’ attempts on Twitter @GetSetCommunity and Instagram @GetSetClub, using the hashtag #ShareYourGBPride.
  • Encourage pupils to use whatever they have created at home during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, or for ‘I Am Team GB’ and ‘Parasport’ when the Olympic and Paralympic athletes return from the Games.