The Arts at Denby
Here at Denby we firmly believe that a curriculum rooted in the Arts has long-lasting impact upon the children in our care, inspiring a love of learning and discovery.
We celebrate the Arts in the lessons we teach, experiences we provide and the opportunities brought forward by the children's own interests.
Visit from Miss Roulson – Musica Guitar Teacher
As part of Musica Kirklees #LearnToPlay Class 2 were visited by Miss Roulson. The children thoroughly enjoyed travelling around the world musically with Miss Roulson playing music from different countries on the guitar. Afterwards, children had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and get hands-on with the instruments.
KS1 Art Club
After the success of our KS2 Art Club in Autumn, KS1 jumped at the opportunity to attend Art Star Art Club with Jane Middleton. The club has been a huge success with many children attending.
Each week the children produced a different piece of art, experimenting with different skills and techniques. Take a look at some of their super art!
Magnificent Me Biennale Finale - Saturday 2nd July 2022
We had a super turnout from Denby at the Finale and the parade was magnificent.
You really were magnificient!
Magnificent Me Biennale 2022 Update Newsletters
As the day fast approaches, please see a final letter to parents about the day.
We have started preparations for the Biennale Festival this Sumer. Please see the latest newsletter to read all about them!
Please click here to see our Biennale Festival May newsletter.
Staff Art CPD
Staff across our Federation took part in a CPD sketching session with Jane Middleton (Art Starz) on Tuesday 7th June after school. Yes, teachers have art lessons too!
Jane tailored our session to needs we had identified in school. We wanted to extend teacher's skills and confidence whilst reinforcing terminology from both the curriculum and our progression skills. It was an enjoyable session where we all produced works of art and Jane made art terms that can sound daunting accessible to all. Thank you, Jane.
We have started preparations for the Biennale Festival this summer. Please see the latest newsletter to read all about them!
Scissett Middle School String Orchestra
On Friday 20th May we were honoured to have a visit from the Scissett Middle School String Orchestra. Denby children enjoyed learning more about the string instrument family and listening to the pieces played. As two of the members of the orchestra had attended our school it was lovely to welcome them back.
Year 5 pupils were invited to watch Matilda Jr at Scissett Middle School in April.
"We had a fantastic time watching Matilda at Scissett Middle School. We both thought the performance was excellent and it was lovely to see some of our old friends from Denby in the cast and also be with future friends in the audience! We had the best seats, we were sat right at the front had had a superb view of all of the action. We are super excited about joining Scissett Middle when we become Year 6 pupils."
Ethan and Olly Year 5
On the 18th February 2022, Miss Chapell’s violin students from Class 3 showed off their musical skills to the whole school! We thoroughly enjoyed listening to them and thought they did a brilliant job. We look forward to what they will show us next!
We really appreciated Miss Chapell taking the time to help us organise the performance and giving the children some extra practice.
Finally, Class 3 also performed one of the songs they sung at the Mrs Sunderland workshop in the town hall. They performed it off by heart and the song even included a harmony!
Our first Art Club run by Jane Middleton of Art Starz took place on Thursday 13th January after school. The children were brilliant and very proud of their art work as you can see from the photos.
Children will create a new piece of work each week to take home. They will experiment with different materials and techniques such as collage, painting, oil pastels and drawing skills.
We'll add to our photo gallery each week, so please pop back to see what artwork has been produced!
Jen and Emyr came to visit Class 1 and Class 2 as part of a Leeds International Piano Competition collaboration with Manic Chord Theatre and Leeds Music Education Partnership. They performed for us the musical story of Skylar’s missing note. This is an immersive piece of storytelling about Skylar, whose piano has lost its middle-C key during a house move. The note did appear in the mouth of a pigeon but unfortunately, despite Skylar’s best efforts, the note could not be reunited with the piano. Fortunately, Skylar continued to enjoy her piano and found other ways to use her piano to create music.
The adventure not only introduced pupils to the piano in a fun and engaging way but also enhanced our music curriculum. In the interactive workshop following the performance, we worked with Emyr looking at the inter-related dimensions of music.
Our children’s reactions to the performance and workshop were extremely positive, such as;
“They used interesting words such as ‘slumped’”.
“The performance was very realistic, I couldn’t stop looking.”
“I like the way she used her voice, loud, quiet, whisper and medium.”
“Jen played different notes all at the same time.”
“Jen used two hands to play the piano.”
“I’m going to practise my piano more!”
“It was a treat to do something so cool.”
“It was fun because we could join in with the performance. Some of the music made me cry because it was sad.”
“It was a happy ending because Skylar made beautiful music on the piano even though it was broken.”
“It was so cool when we saw the inside of the piano!”
Emyr and Jen told us that they could see that we valued the arts in school from the responses of the children and staff during their visit.
Music Mark Success!
Denby recently received an email from Music Mark congraulating us on been nominated by Musica Kirklees to becomea Music Mark school for the 2021/22 academic year.
Music Mark are a UK association for Music Education leaders and represent and support the highest music education for all children and young people.
We have recognised for our commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum and the value that we place on music, and as a result, our school has become part of the Music Mark community.
Inkonjane - 'The Lightning Bird'
Lisa Difford of Fettle and Fable an award-winning children’s theatre company based in Yorkshire visited Class 2 and Class 3 on Friday 24th September. In the morning the children were mesmerised by a pilot live performance of Inkonjane.
Inkonjane – ‘The Lightning Bird’ is the tale of the swallow’s migration from South Africa to Yorkshire drawing on local folklore and using a diverse and international team of artists. The artists included two fantastic South African artists, one a storyteller based in the Eastern Cape and the other an award-winning musician and poet based in London, both of whom play indigenous African instruments, created the soundtrack and contributed to the stories.
The project explores migration in a positive and meaningful way. After a period over the last year of venturing very little, Lisa wanted to guide the children on a mindful and uplifting journey of exploration and hope.
In the afternoon children took part in an interactive and at times very funny, workshop including singing and drama activities ‘people to people’ and using an object as an imaginary item. The children fully immersed themselves in the activities and had super ideas. Did you know a shoe could be a handbag?
This project was developed with the support of partners including museums, libraries, theatres and local authorities including Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Arts Council funding.
Denby children have supported Lisa in her project by providing feedback on the performance and the workshops.
Artist John Mayson Inspired Work
Here are some examples of children’s recent work across the federation inspired by work we have done with Artist John Mayson. This includes work that has been produced in lessons planned by teachers after attending our Art inset. The digital art based on David Hockney’s work is curriculum based and other photos shown are supporting children returning to school after lockdowns.
The photos also include a lovely piece of independent art produced at home by a child inspired after Class 3 had the opportunity to work alongside John Mayson. Ava used techniques she learned with John and made her own individual piece of art.
100 Voices Update
Staff Professional Development with Art John
Following the success of our children when working with Art John, Mrs Ackroyd arranged for the staff to follow in their footsteps to develop their own art skills. John was a great teacher and throughout the day inspired confidence in our staff to try out new techniques, be experimental and most importantly, give them the self-belief they needed to try things out with the children throughout our curriculum. Thank you to John for such an inspirational, creative development session. We feel sure that we will very soon start to see the impact of this fantastic session through the work the children produce.
Plastic Bag Poster Competition
Thank you to all of the children who have entered our Plastic Bag poster competition. We were amazed by the fantastic art work and strong messages against using plastic bags and the effect on the environment.
Mrs Minogue had a really difficult time selecting the winner but finally she awarded the winning entry to……IDA. Congratulations to Ida! Ida’s entry will now be sent to be entered into the next round of the competition against other winning entries from our local schools.
Please take a few minutes to have a look at the fabulous posters that the children created. We are particularly impressed with the children’s passion towards looking after our environment – well done to all!
Artist/ Educator John Mayson
John Mayson, otherwise known as Art John came to work with Class 3 on Monday 17th May. John worked alongside Miss Leijnse providing teaching expertise and offering the children the experience of working with a real artist to develop our techniques in painting.
The children learned many techniques (Miss Leijnse may have learned a few too!) including the importance of preparation, perspective, wet on wet techniques, dry brush, torn paper technique for stencilling, gestural brush marks for emotion and drama, added texture using PVA glue and sand, splattering and using charcoal to create a vignette.
Growth mindset was a vital part of the day too, letting the paint do its ‘thing’ and trying the techniques.
The children would like all their art displaying in the corridor and we have already had some children trying the painting techniques at home.
After such a successful day with Class 3 we invited Art John back to work with teaching staff across the Federation. The skills and techniques used will be shared with the children in all year groups.
Part of Our Biennale, a festival of arts and culture made with children and young people in Kirklees - www.ourbiennale.org
Between late May and early June we took part in the 100 voices project as part of the Kirklees Our Biennale. Sound Artist Duncan Chapman spent 3 days on the happiness project with children talking about sounds, making sound maps and recording sounds that mean something to them. It was fascinating finding out more about what a sound artist does.
Next Duncan will put ours and other participating schools medley of sounds together in preparation for the Our Biennale Finale in Huddersfield where our new sound piece will be played.
Duncan showed us how we could get involved in another project making our own sounds as part of the Covid 19 Soundmap. The project is a collection of sounds people have noticed have changed due to restrictions we have been under. The link below will take you to the project. Just zoom into the UK on the link to google maps and access the sounds on the placemarks. Feel free to add to the collection.
Class 2 have taken part in the Kirklees Cuckoo as part of the Nature 2020 project and Kirklees Biennale. Our children are interested in nature and found out that yellowhammer birds live in our area and their numbers are in decline. As part of our local area topic work, children were keen to support the project. Children experimented with watercolours and brush techniques to produce a backwash and paint a yellowhammer. They looked closely at the birds colours and used a splatter effect.
Our paintings were included in an exhibition at Maker World at Huddersfield Piazza between 22nd and 30th May and some of the children enjoyed visiting with their parents to show them the work we had done in class.
The website with more information can be found at https://ourbiennale.org/event/kirklees-cuckoo-a-withnature2020-project/
Light Up the Woods
Denby took part in Clayton West's Light Up the Woods festival. Each class made lanterns based around their topics. Lots of us attended the festival after dark and loved seeing our work lit up so beautifully! Tilly said "Our lantern really looks like a firework now it's dark because it's lighting up the sky!"