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.
Design Technology Lessons are taught throughout the UBBC. Children will explore products or designs to inform their own ideas then use this exploration to make their own designs for products. Through the making process, they will learn about construction in a variety of ways and will constantly evaluate the success of both their design and their final product.
Some examples of Design Technology at Upton: In Year 3, children make stone-age shelters in their topic 'Rock Bottom'. In Year 4 children explore how to create volcanic eruptions and make earthquake-proof houses in 'Our Planet'.In Year 5 children make longboats and learn how to weave sails in 'Invaders and Settlers'. In Year 6, children make fairground rides with moving parts as part of 'Fun at the Fair'.
Design Technology learning also includes learning on food hygiene, healthy lifestyles and cooking simple dishes!
Upton Junior School
Edge End Road