Upton pupils get creative with Easter projects from home

Getting creative at home

Children at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs demonstrated first class creativity during Easter by completing a number of educational challenges at home.

Maths and English were at the core of their fun learning and included creating story jars reflecting one of their favourite books.

The idea invited pupils to capture the essence of a book that is dear to them through decorating the jar and adding toys. They also created scenes and wrote key phrases which are all kept inside the literacy jar. Among the stories that inspired pupils were The Lightning Girl by Alesha Dixon and the traditional tale of the Easter Bunny.

They also submitted photos to school of them reading tales by a wide range of traditional and contemporary authors from Enid Blyton to JK Rowling and David Walliams, wrote a brief synopsis of their chosen story; and created a Maths-based board game to play with their family at home.

Gemma Scarr, Head of Core Curriculum at Upton, said: “The response was overwhelming and it was such a pleasure to receive such wonderful pictures of each of the challenges.

“The story jars were creative and included images and models of key characters and scenes from favourite books.

“It was also interesting to receive pictures of children reading at home, in the garden and with loved ones as well as receiving their synopsis of the text and what they had enjoyed.

“Lots of photos showed the innovative Maths board games being created and played at home. These games were creative and incorporated a number of mathematical skills. I am so proud of all the children who took part in our Easter challenge.”

Darci Arthur, Head of School, said: “Our children enjoy learning and respond excellently to new challenges which they face as part of their daily lives when they are in school – and it is no different during these current altered circumstances.

“Feedback has shown overwhelmingly that our children are learning and progressing during the lockdown period, with excellent support of their families at home and through their ongoing regular links to learning via Upton.

“The Easter challenge was a great success and it underlined our children’s enthusiasm and creativity – they may not be at school at the moment but the high standard of work they are producing day-to-day shows how dedicated they are to their learning. Well done Team Upton.”

All the images and work can be viewed on the school’s website blog section online at www.uptonjunior.com.