Class 2 Art News

We have been using Matisse's method of 'painting with scissors'. We have taken inspiration from Native American art, clothing, objects and culture to create our pieces. First,we sketched ideas then, with sugar paper and scissors we cut shapes to form our design. No drawing or pencils in sight! We tried to use all the bits of paper we cut and shared our off cuts. When we were happy, we arranged and layered our paper. The final step was to look closely at detail and we added this with fine line pens. We hope you like them.


Art Starz Artwork


Some of our pupils are enjoying the after school Art Class being delivered by Jane Middleton in our Spring 1 term.   Take a look at the wonderful pictures being created by the pupils.  

The Arts at Thurstonland First School...


The curriculum at Thurstonland First School has a consistent focus on the Arts.

The ability of staff to deliver the curriculum with the Arts as a driver has been one of the reasons our school gained an outstanding Ofsted report in 2013. They are embedded in everything we do, right across the range of all curriculum subjects. This is why we are passionate in our belief that our school is a creative and successful place to be because our ethos is underpinned by Art, Music, Drama and Dance.

Our vision is also set out within our combined arts policy.

Take a look at our individual class pages to see how the arts feature throughout our class topics: -

Reception & Year 1

Year 2 & 3

Year 4 & 5

Village Carol Singing

In December we enjoyed carol singing around Thurstonland village. Take a look at the lovely videos of the children performing on the Year 4/5 class page! 

Skylar's Missing Note

Reception and KS1 children were treated to a performance of Skylar's Missing note from the Leeds International Piano Competition, funded by our amazing and generous PTA.

Following the performance, the children took part in workshops, learning about rhythm, pulse, pitch, dynamics and more.

Music Mark

We have again been nominated by Musica Kirklees to become a Music Mark school for the 2021/22 academic year as they have recognised our commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum and the value that we place on music.

Inkonjane - The Lightening Bird theatre performance and workshop


At the start of half-term our KS2 pupils enjoyed a performance from Fettle & Fable of The Lightening Bird with workshops taking place in the afternoon. The children also watched a Meet the Makers video which showed them how all the people behind the scenes on this one person show created the music and sounds, story writing and set creation.

The workshops then gave the children the opportunity to have a go themselves! Thank you to Fettle & Fable for a wonderful day.