ArtS curriculum

At Woodlesford Primary School we have endeavoured to create an environment in which children can express themselves through the arts in a variety of ways. We are dedicated to ensuring that children can reach their full potential when it comes to arts subjects and we are committed to ensuring that the arts are recognised and utilised as a tool for aiding and assisting learning across the curriculum. Here, we recognise the importance of music and thus there is fantastic provision for children to engage in extra- curricular activities (we also have art, dance and drama after school clubs). There are many opportunities for children to participate in musical workshops, internal and out- of- school concerts and exams as well as weekly instrumental tuition. Woodlesford Primary School is fortunate, in that we have a number of talented visual artists working within school who are happy to demonstrate their passion for art and who are willing to devote time and energy into providing quality art experiences for children. This is achieved through arts clubs, events and competitions. We use outside agencies to give children the chance to work alongside experts and so children have enjoyed drama workshops and professional performances.


School displays

We are very proud of the displays created by the children. They illustrate our cross curricular links to other subjects and our passion for art. 

Ten Pieces Music at Woodlesford Primary Schoolhere we use the ten pieces to open up the world of classical music to children. We are keen to inspire the children to develop imaginative and creative responses to the music alongside learning about the musical elements. Music is an effective stimulus for learning that can be used to enhance learning across the curriculum.


Y1 – The children in Year one have been learning about by John Adams and listening to a piece called ‘A short ride on a fast machine’. This compliments their art and Literacy topics where they explore concepts of space travel and delight in designing and building their own rockets (or fast machines!)

Y2 –Through listening and group discussion, the children in year 2 work collaboratively to create a story inspired by the Benjamin Britten piece ‘Storm’.  This story is transformed into a storyboard in the form of a series of paintings created by the class. They then use the paintings to make an imovie with ‘Storm’ as the musical backdrop. Children enjoy creating their own storm composition using classroom and body percussion. This links well with their geography topic all about Captian Cook.

Y3 – Year 3 create beautiful artwork and exciting stories inspired by Stravinski’s Firebird. They first hear the music without knowing the title. They are encouraged to hold a pencil and close their eyes and draw what their mind tells them. They then describe what they see in their imagination and draw a picture of it while listening to the music. This links to the Literacy topic, creating settings, characters and plot in an Adventure story. The children will then learn the title and the composer of the piece and research Stravinski, finding out about his life. The children investigate the instruments used and see how the piece has been put together. Further Literacy work is enhanced when the children are told about the story of the Firebird. Later they design their own visual impressions of firebirds using a range of mediums, before completing their final version using the one they enjoyed the most.

Y4 – Year 4 children learn all about the different parts of the orchestra and how they can be distinguished from one another. They focus on the horns section and indulge in an exploration of ‘Horn concerto’ by Mozart. They examine the structure of the piece and using glockenspiels and xylophones, children relish the opportunity to compose their own musical compositions inspired by Mozart.

Y5 – The science topic of Earth and Space is brought to life through the exploration of Holst’s Mars during music sessions. The first piece in his ‘Planets’ suite, represents the Roman god of war ‘Mars’. Children enjoy investigating the rhythms and beats, improvising and developing rhythmic and melodic patterns.

Y6 – Year 6 children explore body percussion through investigating the work of Anna Meredith and her piece’ Connect it’. ‘Connect it’ is a variety of rhythmic sounds and movements that are passed between the performers. This musical effect is known as a cannon. A cannon is where two or more instruments, voices or sounds paly the same music, but starting at different times.

Thanks to the Artemis resource centre, all teachers in school were able to access and explore a vast range of visual artworks. These pieces were used to display school and in our classrooms. As part of our topic planning, we used a piece of artwork as a stimulus for art and other curriculum areas. This project had a positive impact on children’s learning across the curriculum.


Staff Training Day

During our Arts training day staff enjoyed learning about an exciting music resource called Bamboo Tamboo. This is a percussion instrument originating from the Caribbean. It can be used by the whole class as part of a music lesson and also to support other subject in the curriculum. First hand experiences like these help staff to understand the perspective of the learner. Staff also participated in a ‘Take one picture’ workshop. During this session staff explored how artwork can be used as a stimulus for learning all other subjects in the curriculum as well as enhancing and enabling authentic arts experiences.

Staff Clay workshops

After re-vamping planning, staff were keen to get their hands dirty and experiment with using clay to compliment the art and wider curriculum. Staff made examples for children ranging from the Gruffalo and healthy food to the Egyptian sarcophagus! 

The staff and children at Woodlesford enjoyed organising and performing at a St Gemma’s fundraising event held at school for staff, children, parents, carers and the wider community. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our talented choir.

  • Konflux

Every year the children in year one and Reception get to go on a magic airway journey with Konflux Theatre group, where they meet a variety of characters and help them solve problems and worries. Year three and five are given a day to transform into theatrical experts, they work alongside experts to put on a performance for children and parents at the end of the day. It’s wonderful to see all children getting involved and to see the shyness disappear and the confidence shine.

Rob Bradley- rapper and ‘That poetry bloke’(Craig)

During book week, the Arts team at Woodlesford were determined to incorporate the arts. The children in Key Stage One had the time of their lives while being entertained by Craig or as he preferred to be called ‘That poetry bloke’. He sang songs and entertained them with rhymes while inspiring them to write poetry and songs. In years 3 and 4 rapper Rob Bradley wowed the children with his lyrical skills. They enjoyed working collaboratively to write rap and poetry in such an engaging way. 


Mrs Golden's  Y6 art group

Mrs Golden has been working alongside a group of children in year six to produce some magnificent pieces of artwork. These pieces have inspired some impressive work in literacy and the children have benefitted greatly from the experience which has brought fictions and mythical characters to life!


Young Voices

A group of year 4 children worked hard to learn the songs for an exciting
event at the Manchester Arena this year. They sang as part of a massed choir and experienced performances from beat boxers and street dancers as well as other singers and musicians.

Bamboo Tamboo world record attempt

A group of excited year three children were lucky enough to be chosen to represent the school and take part in a world record attempt. The challenge was to gather the largest number of musicians together in Central park Bradford in order for them to play Bamboo Tamboo instruments in unison. There were 992 children altogether and to their delight, the record was achieved. The children can now proudly state that they’re in the Guinness book of Records.

World music day event – link to website – Bamboo Tamboo

  • Ukulele concert– As part of their music curriculum the children in year 5 have been learning to play the ukulele. They thoroughly enjoy their weekly sessions which incorporate songs and chants as well as instrumental work. Children learn to listen to one another and work collaboratively as well as gaining a great sense of pride in the music they create together. The concert makes all the hard work worthwhile.