The Arts at Thurstonland First School...
The curriculum at Thurstonland First School has focused on the Arts over the past 4 years. 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.
Remembrance Day 2018
Throughout the School in October our pupils were preparing for Remembrance Day by making poppies using plastic bottles.
On Thursday 8th November a Remembrance Service was held for our children in Years 2 - 5 at the War Memorial in the village where the children planted their poppies.
The poem ‘In Flanders Field’ was read by Olivia in Year 3, before Mrs Semple’s dad played ‘The Last Post’ on the cornet. This was followed by a two minutes silence which was brought to an end by ‘Reveille’ played again by Mrs Semple’s dad.
The poppies will remain at the War Memorial until Monday.
Our Reception and Year 1 child held their own Remembrance Service whilst the rest of the School were at the War Memorial. They planted their poppies in our playground.
Rev Robertshaw led the Remembrance Assembly for the whole school in the afternoon.
Kirklees Bienale Festival
Year 4/5 had a brilliant time working with artists as part of the Kirklees Biennale Festival which is a brand-new festival of arts and culture for children and young people.
Music Festival 2018
On Monday 25th June our Year 5 pupils took part in the Kirkburton & Denby Dale Music Festival held at Huddersfield Town Hall, singing Eurovision Songs from through the ages, with hundreds of other children from local schools.