Creativity and the arts plays an important part across all schools in the Trust. We encourage and facilitate  opportunities for children to participate in cross-curricular,  creative projects and the opportunity to work alongside other schools.  All our schools are working together as part of The Dunham Trust Arts Festival, which is a celebration of the creative work taking place across our schools, which will culminate in a series of special events and workshops in June and July.

You can find out more about just some of the amazing creative work taking place across our schools in our blog posts below.

Acre Hall appoints Art Ambassadors

Acre Hall have recently appointed their art ambassadors. Today they looked at the displays around school and some sketchbooks/work taking place in classes. They were pleased and inspired with all the creativity they could see!

WATCH – drama freeze frames at Lime Tree

Watch Lime Tree’s creative journey at The Whitworth

The Whitworth teamed up with the University of Manchester’s School of Mathematics to bring new, innovative ways of relating Art and Maths including construct objects, explore pattern finding, measure dimensions and learn how 2D shapes can inform 3D objects in a  masterclass programme that Lime Tree took part in. 

Bird-inspired creative workshop

Pupils who are involved with skyscrapers and others were working individually and in groups, exploring through movement, ideas on the type of bird they want to be. Stimulating creative pieces to be displayed later in July, at the Steppingstonescreative Corezze Arts festival.

Nelson Mandela Tribute

Year five created a Chuck Close inspired portrait of Nelson Mandela, the work followed on from their ‘Black History’ lessons. All squares or parts of squares that needed to be dark were coloured with darker secondary, tertiary or shaded hues (colors mixed with black). The others were coloured bright or […]

Arts Logo Project

To celebrate the success of our arts activities, we decided that The Dunham Trust Arts Festival needed a separate logo and distinct identity, whilst simultaneously honouring the Trust logo and overarching identity/ ethos of The Dunham Trust.  We wanted our pupils to come up with the concept for the new […]

Let’s chalk about space

The children developed perspective with chalk as their material. They were inspired by the first man on the moon Buzz Aldrin.

Une, deux, trois! Learning language through song

Year 3 at Lime Tree have been learning French with Mrs Robertson every Wednesday. This week, they learned the numbers 1-10 using song, and even managed to get a round going – listen out for those harmonies!

Elmridge Arts Award Assembly

Children at Elmridge shared their Arts Award in a special assembly.

Salt dough mountains

Year 4L at Lime Tree have got hands on while learning about how each type of mountain is formed by making them out of salt dough!

Basket-weaving at The Whitworth

Year 3 at Elmridge took part in a workshop with Pui Lee at the Whitworth Art Gallery. They made a 3D sculpture using origami skills and then created a basket by weaving cotton. This workshop was to contribute to Y3 completing their Arts Award Explore Level and also to celebrate […]

Lip synch battle

Children at Lime Tree took part in a lip sync competition to win tickets to see Nativity the Musical (Key103) . Although they didn’t win, the children had a great time learning the lyrics and singing their hearts out to Hard Knock Life from the musical Annie.   <iframe width=”560″ […]

Roman drama workshop at Lime Tree

Year4L played an active role in a drama workshop to fully immerse them in Roman Britain! Over the course of the day, they were transformed from slaves who rowed themselves to Rome into senators who made their own laws!

Lampshade product design at Acre Hall

The children planned, designed and created lampshades made from everyday materials. They have considered the needs of the consumer and planned their designs accordingly. They tested multiple ways of joining the materials by creating a variety of prototypes. The groups had to carefully consider the transparency and the tessellation of […]

Pupils explore ‘Time and Space’ through Lawrence Weiner projects

In collaboration with Steppingstones Creative, pupils with learning difficulties from The Dunham Trust have been influenced by the work of the conceptual artist, Lawrence Weiner. The pupils were encouraged to construct their own perception of ‘time’ and ‘space’, by exploring their own environment. In this case their school space was […]

Gaudi-inspired tile creations

Year 2 at Acre Hall did an art topic about homes and houses, looking at shape and pattern. As part of the learning we also looked at Gaudi’s mosaic tiles. We have created our own clay tiles with images that remind us of school. We let them dry and then […]

International School Award Achievement

Elmridge Primary School has been awarded intermediate level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of their work to bring the world into the classroom. The School’s international work includes collaborative projects with schools in Spain and Pakistan covering diverse areas like comparing breakfasts in Spain and […]

Made in Manchester

Year 3 at Elmridge have been discussing famous people from Greater Manchester. They looked on a map to see where Greater Manchester was and then researched different people from this area. They then decided to find more out about Jason Kenny, Alan Turing and Robert Peel. Y3 then drew and […]