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Thurstonland First School

Marsh Hall Lane, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD4 6XD

01484 666480




Across the Green Hills Federation we aim to inspire children in art and design by providing skills and nurturing a positive resilient attitude so they are empowered to have the desire to explore, experiment and create their own works of art. Through art and design we look for the awe and wonder in the world around us and celebrate our part in this. We provide an art and design education where children understand the place of art and creativity in our history and the opportunities for them within the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

We have planned our curriculum to extend the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world they live in, to enable them to use their skills confidently and in a range of situations and enrich their lives by exposing them to a variety of first hand experiences and opportunities. We intend to create confident, resilient, independent learners, with a love of learning and with high aspirations for the future. We believe that creativity is valued across all disciplines.

We intend to develop respectful individuals who value keeping themselves healthy in mind and body and make positive contributions to their community and understand the place the arts have in doing this.


Art is taught as part of a half-termly topic, focusing on the knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. It is taught on a rolling programme to ensure all key skills and knowledge are taught and revisited throughout both Key Stages.

Our Art lessons provide a range of skills and experiences for children to produce creative works of art, becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, print, digital media and collage whilst using sketch books to record their journey. They study a diverse range of artists work and take inspiration from the great artists, craft makers and designers.


We value children’s pieces of art by discussing and appreciating the learning and techniques they mastered to produce it.

We have a long term view to the impact of the arts and see it as a journey where children are given the skills and desire to experiment creatively. We provide opportunities for children to understand personally that creativity is valued and has a place in our society.

Our children have a positive attitude to art and develop a sense of pride in their work.

Year 2/3 clay Art

We have been developing our clay skills further by making our own canopic jars. We had to roll, shape and smooth the clay into shape and then used clay tools to add extra details.


Year 4/5 experimented with different drawing and shading techniques and then used these to create their own pictures inspired by Mae Besom’s illustrations for the book ‘What Do You Do With An Idea’ by Kobi Yamada.

Beatriz Milhazes Sketchbooks

Year 4/5 looked at and discussed a range of  work by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. They then selected 3 or 4 of their favourite images of her work and created a sketchbook of ideas using a mixture of paints, oil pastels and watercolour pencils to copy colours and shapes/patterns from parts of the images. They will  go onto use these ideas to create their own picture inspired by the work of this amazing artist. Watch this space for our future art work!