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"Do everything without grumbling or arguing... then you shine among them like stars in the sky!' (Philippians 2: 14-15).

Previous Art Projects: Part 1

4th of July - Creativity in Action! 

Fantastic 'Drawing Machines' a Family Event...

On Saturday the 4th of July Mrs Deane opened up school to host an amazing Family Event. With funding from Creative Scene WY (an Arts Council initiative) we were able to  bring on board artists Susan Coles and Fabric Lenny to help provide an imaginative and fun learning opportunity. Our families became inventors as they created the most amazing 'Drawing Machines', demonstrating their drawing capability (the intention was to simply leave a mark) on a paper catwalk. The machines were demonstrated to each other in a brilliant finale to each of the two workshops. One family even invented the 'Human Spirograph' -amazing fun! A full blog report on the day can be found by clicking on the image of the 'Skeleton Drawing Machine' below:

Mrs Deane's blogs are proving very popular, with over 6500 hits to the blog site now, with viewers all over the world!  




A Two Day Celebration of Creativity! 

Over the 3rd and 4th of July Mrs Deane has hosted two fabulous visual arts events in school. On the 3rd of July Battyeford hosted a INSET day on 'Architecture in Art, Craft and Design', teachers attended from all phases of education and from across the country. Mrs Deane and national consultant, Susan Coles, delivered training that provided rich starting points for pupil enquiry, enabling connections with heritage, industry, other cultures and locality to be made. A full blog on this day can be read by clicking on the image below. 

A very big WELL DONE to the Battyeford choir who performed at Huddersfield Town Hall last Tuesday in the Kirklees Primary Music Festival. Our supporters were very impressed, so much so that we received a standing ovation!! Choir are now working towards our musical production "Snow White and the Seven Jockeys".



Breaking News!!!!! We have just heard that two pieces have been selected for exhibition as part of 'Generation ART' at the Turner Gallery, Margate (what a splendid gallery this is) in June 2015.


The lucky pupils are Lucy Baldwin (Yr6) and Bayleigh Lawton (Yr5)...what a great honour to have your work shown in this famous landmark gallery!


Battyeford School features in a new piece of national advocacy for the subject of Art, Craft and Design

For the last eighteen months Mrs Deane has been attending meetings in London as a nominated 'expert' advising on the new National Curriculum for Visual Art, Craft and Design. This Expert Subject Advisory Group have now produced (with the DfE) a new film piece, featuring Mrs Deane as the 'Primary Voice' advocating for quality pupil experiences in art & design relating to the national curriculum. You can see this film here:





ENGAGE - Support gallery education across the UK and have recently been awarded funding to host a touring exhibition at well known UK galleries that will showcase the talent of the young artists of Great Britain. Schools were entitled to submit six artworks for consideration to this scheme which will result in work being exhibited at the Turner Gallery in Margate, New Walk Museum in Leicester and Quay Arts in the Isle of Wight. Mrs Deane and artist Helaina Sharpley have selected six pupils to represent school and we are now keeping our fingers crossed that some of them will be selected for this prestigious  opportunity...very exciting!


Here are our submissions: 

Amelia Jacob - Coffee Pot in Wire


James Dunkerley - Victorian Spoon in Wire


Lucy Baldwin - Table Setting in Wire


Bayleigh Lawton - Relief Environment in Paper


Finlay Oliver - Environment in Paper


Zoya Mahfooz - Environment in Paper


ENGAGE encouraged schools to select work that had been inspired by working with artists in an education setting. The wirework has been selected from a recent after school project with renowned wire artist Helaina Sharpley. In addition further artworks have been selected from another project with Year 5 who have been studying the Yorkshire born artist David Hockney.


Battyeford Host Initial Teacher Training Course for Kirklees Calderdale Primary Teachers - Art, Craft and Design


Over the last few weeks Mrs Deane has been hosting training days for 36 trainee teachers from the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT course. A full blog post is available on the following link


It is great for school that we host these sessions sharing our expertise, displays and child outcomes to this future generation of teachers. 


Here are some photos of our fantastic Musical Extravaganza concert in progress. Well done KS2!

Here are some photos of our fantastic Musical Extravaganza concert in progress. Well done KS2! 1
Here are some photos of our fantastic Musical Extravaganza concert in progress. Well done KS2! 2
Here are some photos of our fantastic Musical Extravaganza concert in progress. Well done KS2! 3
Here are some photos of our fantastic Musical Extravaganza concert in progress. Well done KS2! 4
Here are some photos of our fantastic Musical Extravaganza concert in progress. Well done KS2! 5

Musical Extravaganza!

Monday 30th March, 2015

2:30pm & 7:00pm

Come along and see our children show off their amazing musical talents and skills. There will be performances from the following groups:



Y3 Whole class violins

Continuation violins from Years 4, 5 & 6

Compositions on the ukulele and ocarina from Years 4 & 5

Y5 & Y6 African drumming

Solos, duets and trios on tuba, keyboard, piano and guitar.

We look forward to seeing you at the event. Tickets are available in advance or on the door.

Christmas Spectacular!

Battyeford's choir are rehearsing for the Kirklees Music School's festive concert which is to be held at Dewsbury Town Hall on Friday 5th December, 7:00pm. Why not join us on the Town Hall's steps at 6:30pm when the joint choirs will be singing traditional carols - along with choirs from Crowlees, Heckmondwike and Overthorpe schools. The music centre's ensembles will also be performing pleasing hits. Tickets are on sale from school (Mrs Croisdale) or at the Town Hall's box office Tel: 01924 324 501.

'Copperbeard and the Legend of Pie'

Battyeford's new animated film 'Copperbeard and the Legend of Pie' is now available to view online...


Finlay Oliver from Year 5 created the main character for this film which looks set to rival our previous film 'The Pirates of Rabbit Doll Island' for popularity.  


Copperbeard and the skeleton crew make an unscheduled stop at Rabbit Doll Island in an attempt to steal the all powerful pie jewel, without making allowances for the power of the Rabbit Doll Mantra. 

Click on the image below to be taken to the film site:




Copperbeard the film has been submitted into the Seattle International Children's Film Festival in the USA, let's see how it gets on!!!


And....did you hear the latest on our Pirates of Rabbit Doll Island film???? It was screened at the 

Royal Sydney Opera House

in Australia on September the 5th 2014 to sell out crowds!!! Awesome achievement by our school pupils. We are thrilled!  

Shoot Smart - 'Copperbeard and the Legend of Pie'


Our new Year 4 film project has begun. With funding from IntoFilm the UK's children and young people's film education body, a small group of our youngsters have been invited to participate in the making of an animation using digital hand held devices for the purposes of educational research. As we assess the range of App's and create our film, we are learning an enormous amount about high quality cinematic film development using accessible equipment. The children have begun to create set and characters and have investigated music and visual App's for sound and image development. You can follow the progress of the scheme by clicking on the photo of Copperbeard below:



We are loving this opportunity and will once again get to enter our new film into national and international festivals once finished...Awesome! 



Battyeford Youngsters Visit Holmfirth for 'Excellence in Clay Day'


On Saturday the 17th of May 16 youngsters from our school travelled to Holmfirth for an exciting day with ceramicist James Oughtibridge. When we first arrived we got to look around the Sculpture Lounge Studios (home to many sculptors, mainly working in clay). We looked in awe as we witnessed the kilns, materials, tools and artwork of the amazing artists based here. 


Once working at our vessels our pupils did the school proud with a display of total dedication, perseverance and skill. The Year 5/6 pupils worked for nearly five hours at their abstract clay vessels, learning slab building techniques. James was a brilliant teacher taking us step by step through the process. A wonderful day of excellence in Primary  Art, Craft and Design. We must do this again next year!


To learn more about James's work follow this link:

To learn more about the Sculpture Lounge Artists follow this link:





Musical Extravaganza 2014


Years 3, 4, orchestra and choir all performed in our annual concert showcasing their musical skills and talents. The concert was a hit with parents; they thoroughly enjoyed watching their children perform at such a high standard and have fun!


'The Birds in the Trees' - An Exhibition at Brook's Deli Cafe


Last Wednesday (the 19th of March) Brook's Deli Cafe on Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, played host to a very special exhibition of artwork from our school. 


Over the last few months 20 young people across Years 4-6 have been working with the artist Julia Ogden (see news below). The results of this work were so amazing we just had to find a place to show them off. We were delighted to see many of the youngsters, their families and other teachers and supporters attend the event on the 19th and they now stay in situ for the next few weeks, sitting proudly on the wall for the many customers to see. A lovely end to a wonderful project. The children have really enjoyed this scheme and it is a pleasure to be able to celebrate their work in this way.



Why not pop along to Brook's and have a look for yourself!



The Birds in the Trees...


Coming soon to Brooks Deli in Mirfield is an exhibition of our wonderful pupils work from a recent after school club with illustrator Julia Ogden. Pupils from Years 4-6 have been creating large scale canvases that depict observed tree forms with cut out and over printed birds. As a final stage pupils added leaves on to the trees with graphitones and stencils, they also opted for a subtle background sky colour. We can't wait for the show which is due to happen on Wednesday the 19th of March. We have lots of Twitter interest and have had some amazing feedback about this project nationally.


What a wonderful experience for our children!


If you click on the picture below it will take you to Mrs Deane's blog about the project.


Art Blog Update...

Take a look at the latest art, craft and design blog update showcasing some of the work now on display in school from the Autumn Term. 


Comments from the National Society for Education in Art and Design have been pouring in today linked to the work in this blog


Nikluh Trickluh (Winchester School of Art) these are stunning, i wish some of my year 8 would add as much detail and show refinement. well done to you and the pupils...


Click on the image below for the link to the blog



WOW!!!!  We are winners!!!!


It is with great pride that I announce that our Year 3 film 'The Pirates of Rabbit Doll Island' has received a prestigeous award of THE GRAND PRIZE at the National Children's and Young People's Film Festival, Kids for Kids UK. This is the top award as judged by a professional jury of film makers, this is what they said... 


"It is the film you will fall in love with at first sight. I just can’t help myself... wanting to watch it again and again. The eye-catching characters are just very charming and unique. Congratulations to the children of Battyeford CE Primary School for such a beautiful work." 


Hui-ching Tseng, KFK UK Professional Jury


Several families travelled down to London for the event at the BFI in London's Southbank on the 26th of October. We had an amazing day topped off with the finale of winning the top award. What now? I hear you ask....


Well first of all we have a BBFC... A British Broadcasting Federation Certification for our film which means it can be screened alongside any motion picture where there is a charged entry. Kids for Kids UK also submit our Grand Prize film in to several additional festivals across Europe and we could receive many more commendations for our efforts. We need to now submit our film to many more festivals and see what happens around the globe, who knows 'Oscar' may become a global phenomenon! One of the Jury approached Mrs Deane at the end of the event and stressed just how wonderful he thought our film was and recommended to her that we get as many film entries as possible made, as he thought we had something very special on our hands!!! 


Special thanks goes to Big Voice Media (Fabric Lenny & Yvonne Roberts) our wonderful practitioners who helped us make the film and First Light, our funders for this project.



The Pirates of Rabbit Doll Island- Film News, Festival Screenings and Updates...


The Pirates of Rabbit Doll Island is set to become International! What an amazing achievement by our pupils. We are off to Chicago!!!! Well, the film is - Mrs Deane is pining to go to the festival but alas she has no one to buy her a ticket! Our short animated film has been selected to be screened at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival at the end of October 2013. We are also being considered for a $2500 prize!!! How amazing is this! We hope this is just the first of many international screenings for our film and you never know we may pick up a prize or two!!!! You can see information on the Chicago Film Festival by clicking on the picture above.



Then to top it all off we have just heard that our film has been selected as a competition entry in one of the UK's biggest children's festivals, Kids for Kids! 


On Saturday the 26th of October our film will be being screened at the most prestigeous of cinemas, the British Film Institute on London's Southbank, just a stones throw from the London Eye! Filmmakers from all over the world would love to have their work shown here! We are so lucky! Last year Mrs Deane attended the same festival with Hysrstmount Junior School in Batley, they went on to win the top film prize for 'Outstanding Creativity' from the Professional Jury. I wonder if our 'Pirates' film may do the same??? Several parents and children have already confrimed that they will be attending the event. So watch out on the web page to see if we win any prizes, we will be sure to post them up on here. Mrs Deane's little Mascot 'Oscar the Rabbit Doll' will be wearing his bow tie for this event! 


Have a look at our featiure (the top story on Saturday the 28th Sept) in the Huddersfield Examiner!



Bring on the Chickens... 

A Chicken's Tale!

We are extremely lucky to have been awarded a National Lottery Grant from the 'Awards for All' scheme that will see an extension of 'Family Learning' activity in our school this year. Our first project of the scheme is entitled 'A Chicken's Tale' and will involve parents coming in to work with their children in Reception Classes to help in the creation of a unique animal husbandry and documentary project finding out about our new school pets... The artist practitioner (and avid animal lover) Fabric Lenny will take us on a unique world of chicken discovery. A flyer and booking form with be emailed to all parents of Reception children to book on to the project which begins at the end of October. It is set to be a wonderful start to our scheme. We look forward to welcoming Paul (Fabric Lenny) in to our Early Years setting. We can't wait to see what happens next! 



Further details of all the other projects funded via 'Awards for All' and our scheme 'FAMILY FOOTPRINTS' will be presented on our school website in the very near future. Please stop and ask Mrs Deane, Mrs Noon or Miss Woollacott all about this wonderful adventure for the 2013-2014 academic year!  



Battyeford Art Blog Page


Mrs Deane has set up a fabulous new blog site detailing our ongoing work here at Battyeford in Visual Art, Craft & Design. Over 1500 people from all over the world have logged in to see our blogs and the page has only just recently been set up! Already we have had many amazing comments on our projects from across the UK. Keep checking out the blog as this will be the place where you can keep up to date on projects in the art studio. Blogs are usually updated weekly... Happy browsing! Click on the link above to be taken to the Battyeford Art Blog!



Artsmark - Visit and Assessment...

At the end of September we are hosting an assessment visit by Mr Ted Kennedy (our Artsmark assessor) to see if we are up to scratch for validation (for the third time) as an Artsmark Gold School. Mrs Deane and Mrs Croisdale have been working their little socks off to make sure that we have all elements in place to keep Battyeford Gold! As a school we offer such a wide variety of 'arts' offers in music, dance, drama and the visual arts, craft and design that, with fingers crossed, we hope to bring you positive news of the outcome of our assessment very shortly!


Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. It is delivered by Trinity College London and 10 regional Bridge organisations drive participation.


Artsmark is nationally recognised as demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision. Holding Artsmark status demonstrates that a school or setting values the arts and culture. It raises the public profile of a school or setting in the eyes of prospective students, their families and across the wider community.

Artsmark contributes to the cultural aspect of Ofsted’s requirement that a school promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.