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Students from St Cyres School painting their portraits


Pupils at St Cyres in Penarth in Wales have been painting self portraits for a project called Face Britain.

Face Britain is marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 by inviting everyone aged between 4 and 16 to upload a self portrait. All the pictures will be brought together to make a big snapshot of British youth identity for 2012.

St Cyres pupils have been asked not to focus on an accurate image - but to be more expressive about their feelings.

This school was the school attended by Dame Tani Grey Thompson.

She is an elite paralympic athlete who has changed the way many people see disability - and she's done a self-portrait too.

Show film and use the discussion prompts afterwards. Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk if you would like a downloadable copy of this film.

Face Britain

  • All British pupils aged between 4 and 16 are invited to take part.
  • Upload pictures by the end of March 2012.
  • Find out more about at www.facebritain.org.uk

Why do you think one student used the colour green to paint his face? Who can think of a way to show emotion in a self portrait? Or a personality trait like being confident or relaxed?

What does how you look say about who you are?

Do you think what somebody looks like matters? Would you want to be judged on the way you look?

Tani Grey-Thompson said she remembers feeling pressure to look a certain way when she was younger. Do feel the same?

What do you think the Face Britain portraits will show about the United Kingdom in 2012?

Ask the Assembly Question

Do you think a self portrait should show what you look like, or what you feel like?

Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk.

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