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Take One Picture: An exhibition of work by primary schools inspired by Turner's 'The Fighting Temeraire'

The National Gallery's Take One Picture scheme invites primary schools throughout the UK to use a painting from the Gallery's collection as a stimulus for learning across the curriculum. Hundreds of schools respond to the challenge, many of which submit work to the annual exhibition.

The selection of pieces displayed here and described in the exhibition film, demonstrates the innovative ways in which schools have responded to this year's focus painting, J. M. W. Turner's 'The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her Last Berth to be broken up, 1838'. Turner depicts the final journey of HMS Temeraire, which fought valiantly in Lord Nelson's fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Thirty-three years later, decaying and no longer in use, the celebrated gunship is towed up the Thames from Sheerness to be broken up in a Rotherhithe shipyard. Turner uses his remarkable skill at depicting light and atmospheric effects to convey the passing of a heroic age.

The schools represented in the 2009 exhibition are:

  • Benedict Biscop CE Primary School, Sunderland
  • Bridge and Patrixbourne CE Primary School, Kent
  • Cropthorne with Charlton CE First School, Worcestershire
  • Druzhba Russian and Lithuanian Saturday School, London
  • Fernwood Infant School, Nottingham
  • Garden Suburb Infant School, London
  • Grafton Primary School, London
  • Great Totham Primary School, Essex
  • Lubenham All Saints CE Primary School, Leicestershire
  • Nottingham Girls' High School (Junior Department), Nottingham
  • Park Hill Junior School, Surrey
  • The Queen's School, Surrey
  • St Bede's Catholic Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees
  • St John's Catholic Infant School, Norwich
  • St John's CE Primary School, Stapleford, Nottingham
  • St John's Primary School, Warwickshire
  • St Mary's CE VC Primary School, Bridport, Dorset
  • St Mary's Lower School, Essex
  • Selling CE Primary School, Kent
  • Thorpe Greenways Infant School, Essex
While some of these schools are new to the Take One Picture scheme, others have embedded using a painting as a stimulus for cross-curricular teaching and learning into their yearly planning. It enables schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, teaching core subjects through the arts. The scheme helps teachers deliver the DCSF Primary National Strategy: Excellence and Enjoyment and the objectives of the Government's Cultural Offer for schools. It also aligns with the principles of Personalised Learning.

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