Artists are among the most creative humans on the planet, and we believe that everyone has an element of the artist inside them somewhere. At Upton, Art is incredibly popular with pupils, who take pride in their creations and the development of their skills.
Taught as part of our broad and balanced curriculum, pupils’ artwork is inspired by their topic area and thus cross curricular links are planned to enrich learning in other subject areas. Pupils’ work is constantly displayed across the school, changing termly as a new topic inspires new artwork.
Throughout the key stage, pupils become more proficient across a range of art techniques, producing creative ideas, recording their experiences and analysing their results. Sketch books, in particular, are essential tools during the planning stage for ideas and visual aids.
Alongside the development of skills and technique, we teach pupils art appreciation. Pupils learn about great artists, architects and designer in history and develop their understanding of the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Regular ‘Artist of the Month’ assemblies are followed by Art competitions involving creation of similar art by pupils, an immensely popular project that many families enjoy working on together.
Links to the local and wider community have helped develop pupils’ enthusiasm and appreciation of art. Trips are regularly planned to art galleries, museums and other interesting locations to inspire pupils to sketch.
Our Art subject leader runs an incredibly popular weekly Art Club, where pupils have the opportunity to develop their skills still further and produce focused work across a range of media. Every term our 'Creative Cats' Curriculum Hub sets an Art Project the whole school can engage with.
Upton Junior School
Edge End Road