At Upland Primary School, we value the arts both as subjects in their own right and the immense role that they play in the wellbeing and development of children. We also recognise the transferable skills that children learn and develop through the arts, which have been proved to raise standards across all areas. Upland Primary school are now an Arts Marks school with a ‘Silver Award’ which was awarded in December 2018. Next academic year we will be working towards our submission for Arts Mark Gold.
At Upland Primary School we are proud of the artwork our children create. Through art lessons and topic work teachers give children the opportunity to develop their Art skills in key areas such as drawing, clay, textiles, sculpture, painting, printmaking and collage and then apply these skills to create a final piece. As well as this, art topics have an artist or a designer focus and children learn key facts about them and their work and make comparisons. These areas are developed continuously throughout the school from foundation stage through to Year 6.
As a school Mandarin is taught in a creative and active way as regular lessons in KS2. We follow UCL IOE Confucius Institute Programme of Study for Mandarin which some of our staff have had training on and fed back to members of staff in school. We are supported by native speaking Mandarin teachers each year who are provided by Dartford Grammar School.
Music in Upland Primary School is a highly practical subject based around singing and playing instruments while building up the skills, vocabulary and knowledge that will help them enjoy, perform and access music from many different genres. Curriculum music is mainly taught in weekly lessons by our Specialist Music Teacher with instrumental teachers coming in to teach violin, clarinet, flute, recorder, oboe, trumpet, guitar, keyboard, drum kit and djembe whose parents opt to pay for extra small group or individual lessons.