Stu­dents’ art em­braces change

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PUPILS at Mot­tram St An­drew Pri­mary Academy em­braced ‘change’ as the topic of the school’s arts week.

The cre­ative week, in­volv­ing other schools from nearby ar­eas in­clud­ing Prest­bury, Bro­ken Cross and Nether Alder­ley, saw stu­dents en­gage in paint­ing, sculpting, draw­ing and theatre con­nected with the topic.

They were helped to bring the topic to life by ex­perts from th­ese schools and their own teach­ers.

Pupils based their art­work on dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of ‘change’, with the week launched with as­sem­blies on the school’s his­tory over the last 100 years.

They also looked at sea­sonal changes in na­ture, with re­cep­tion chil­dren read­ing the book ‘Elmer the Patch­work Ele­phant’ by David Mc­Kee, mak­ing model ele­phants out of milk bot­tles and think­ing about how Elmer’s feel­ings changed over the story.

Year three trans­formed pho­tos of them­selves taken on i-Pads into black and white ab­stract de­signs and year four worked with artist David Richard­son on how feel­ings can be shown through art.

Year five and year six vis­ited Manch­ester Art Gallery’s Ja­panese ex­hi­bi­tion and made por­traits and land­scapes. They also per­formed a choral speak­ing piece at Fal­li­b­roome Academy.

Head­teacher Chris­tine Bowen said: “En­rich­ment ac­tiv­i­ties like Artsweek com­ple­ment and de­velop our stu­dents’ aca­demic work by al­low­ing them to gain con­fi­dence.

“There is a lot of pres­sure on schools to raise stan­dards and con­cen­trate on the ba­sics, but it’s im­por­tant we don’t lose sight of the need to in­spire chil­dren through cul­tural education.

“Artsweek is a suc­cess­ful and in­clu­sive part of our cur­ricu­lum and the chil­dren love it.”

●● Year six chil­dren at Mot­tram St An­drew Pri­mary Academy do­ing ‘dances through time’ as part of the change-themed cre­ative arts week

●● Sam Thorn­ton-West (seated) with fel­low rid­ers (from left) Ewan Jones, Brad Mon­roe, Louis Brock­le­hurst, Harry Lyons and Otis Palmes

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