Lessons at Number 10

Sixteen very lucky Year 5 & 6 children had the amazing opportunity to visit Number 10 for special 'Lessons at 10', hosted by Mrs Murty, the Prime Minister's wife.

This incredible opportunity allowed the pupils to see what goes on behind the scenes of the famous black door of 10 Downing Street.

'Lessons at 10' is an initiative set up by Akshata Murty, wife of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, with the aim of providing children with the opportunity to experience the history of 10 Downing Street and in doing so encourage a love for learning.

In celebration of Red Nose Day, the theme for this session revolved around supporting charitable causes. Waves Music Therapy, supported by Comic Relief, delivered a session from their rapper in residence project. The children were wowed by his freestyle rapping and then had a go at creating a rap themselves!  This project helps children to express themselves through music and to build confidence and enjoyment.

Akshata Murty joined students as they worked in teams to explore a beat, writing lyrics based on rhyming exercises and shared their rap skills in a short performance to improve creative techniques for the future. Pupils also worked together to develop their writing skills as they were encouraged to spot rhyming patterns. This allowed them to build their understanding of vocabulary and its relationship to sound and rhythm while using word techniques as a vehicle to engage with learning.

Thank you to all involved, including local MP Dean Russell, who met our children there.

The Government press release can be read in full here.