Students’ art embraces change
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