Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
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Learning to read so we can read to learn and gain pleasure is at the heart of all areas of the curriculum. Early reading is therefore our first, foremost and central priority in school so all children are readers. Books are enjoyed and used across all curriculum areas as highly valued hooks, tools and a way of escaping in to other worlds, times, places and situations.

At Sandal Castle Primary School, the children have a wide range of experiences in Art, Dance, Drama and Music. We are passionate about providing children with opportunities to find out what they are good at and nurturing talent across the whole of the Primary Curriculum.To ensure our children receive the best provision we feel it is important that they are taught these specialised areas of the curriculum by specialist teachers. Our Creative Arts faculty consists of two music specialists, an art specialist and a PE specialist. In addition, we also utilise the skills and expertise from Wakefield Music Service and Wakefield Music Hub who provide tuition from Year 2 onwards.

This year we are working towards achieving Artsmark Gold.

Before a child talks they sing.

Before they write, they draw.

As soon as they stand, they dance.

Art is fundamental to human expression.

Phylicia Rashad


In Design and Technology our children in KS2 conducted market research, discussed function, purpose, method, planned various designs and finally made the product using running stitch to ensure their bags were fit for purpose- then they evaluated their processes and finished product.

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Winter Art

We began to discuss winter and the changes we see during this time. We have listened to winter themed stories and non-fiction texts and PowerPoints. The children shared what they had recalled about the season. We have created a beautiful winter scenes. The children used paints carefully with a range of tools and techniques. They had to listen carefully to the instructions given and work with precision. We also created out own winter trees on acetate

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The children have been learning about penguins. As a class, we read the story ‘The Runaway Iceberg’ and also looked at some non-fiction books to learn some facts about penguins. We talked about where penguins live and what Antarctica is like! The children watched some information videos on the Smartboard and we had a class discussion about some of the things we had learned about penguins. We talked about penguins being a type of bird, but also talked about how they are different to other types of birds - like they have flippers that help them to swim instead of wings that help them fly.

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Year 5

Sketch Book Art in preparation for Enterprise Week.

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Advent Art

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Seasonal Art using oil pastels.

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Abstract Poppy Art Work

Here are our very abstract poppies including our inspiration

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Art Theme Day - 5th November 2020

Foundation Stage

Inspired by Steven Brown

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Year 1

Inspired by Jacqueline Hurley.



Year 2

Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe

For Art Theme Day, Year 2 studied the life and work of Georgia O'Keeffe. Nature and natural environments made her happy, so we particularly looked at close up paintings of flowers that she was famous for. We talked about her abstract technique and her love of curves and colour.

We created our own up close up flower pictures using oil pastels to ensure our pictures were very bright and colourful. We also had a session looking at shade and tone as these were a key feature of Georgia O'Keeffe's work.

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Year 3

Watercolours - We created remembrance pictures by blending watercolours effectively for the background and then drew images relating to the war, which we cut from black paper for a silhouette.

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Year 4

Year 4 completed bonfire art using several different oil pastel techniques, such as scumbling and heavy pressure blending. The children then chose the technique that they felt was most appropriate for their piece of art and used this to create an image of a bonfire against a night's sky.

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Year 5

In Year 5, we researched Leonardo da Vinci and the cultural development of his art forms. We looked at some of his most famous portraits and decided to incorporate his portrait style into our own artwork.

We looked at how to create tone using a pencil and developed our shading technique to create light, medium, dark tones and using different techniques like cross hatching. We demonstrated our abilities to complete an observational portrait of Guy Fawkes applying the art techniques we have developed.

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Year 6

We based our art work upon optical illusions by the artist Bridget Riley. She used geometric shapes and lines to form pictures that created an illusion. Our objective was to create abstract art work which provokes different interpretations - the children really enjoyed it despite finding it very challenging.

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Natural Art

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Inspired when learning about the Northern Lights in Science, we used oil pastels to create our own pictures of them

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Outdoor Art

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Lots of fun was had painting outdoors for Golden Time enrichment. The children used leaves to print with and as pallets, twigs as paint brushes and even created and painted sculptures using leaves and branches found on the floor. Nature really was our canvas to create some abstract art.

Art work produced during Childcare - COVID19


Here are a few examples of transient art undertaken by children of key workers whilst enjoying their childcare provision in school.

Meet Colin, our Sandal Castle Cobra!

Let's see how long we can make Colin!

Colin lives on the grass verge outside school.Please add your decorated stone or pebble when out on your daily walk or visiting school to collect your learning packs. We are hoping that Colin will soon reach along Barnsley Road.


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Art Theme Day - Spring 2020


The children in EYFS studied the work of Picasso and learned about cubism. They made their own Picasso inspired self portrait.

Year 1

Year 1 looked at local Bradford born artist, David Hockney, and studied his vibrant landscape works in order to recreate one of our very own Hockney inspired images using pastel.

Our favourite work was Garrowby Hill.

Year 5

Year 5, looked at the life of the famous artist J.M.W turner and went on to create a 'seascape' with both watercolours and pencils. They used the cover of their class book 'Letters from the Lighthouse' as inspiration.

Year 6

In Year 6, after finishing Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, we took part in the Butterfly Project- this is a call to action through education, art and memorial making. It uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry and cultivates empathy and social responsibility. Children create butterflies that are displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, with the goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world, one for each child who perished in the Holocaust and honouring the survivors.




Winter art from Year 6- exploring the season through colour, shape and collage

Art Theme Day - Autumn Term 2019

Year 2

Year 2's Art Theme Day was focused on Remembrance. We spent time reading the book 'Where the Poppies now Grow', and used this to inspire paintings of poppy fields using water colours. We then used collage materials to create our own individual poppies, which were collected together to create a class wreath, which was then taken to St Helen's Church as part of Year 2's Remembrance visit on November 11th.

Year 5

Art Theme Day Learning Journey

On our first Art Theme Day this year, Year 5 completed pencil sketches of Guy Fawkes after discovering their enthusiasm for the events that took place on November 5th! Pupils began by learning about the significant artist in history, Leonardo da Vinci, and explored his work, with a particular focus on his sketches of the human body and the world-famous 'Mona Lisa'. After this, children developed their understanding and skill of tone, creating light, medium and dark tones as well as using hatching and cross-hatching effectively. We explored the importance of observation and watched 'Austin's Butterfly' as a demonstration of resilience and growth mindset. Finally, the children followed step-by-step instructions on how to sketch a 3/4 angle portrait and the results are simply amazing.

Year 6

We used water colours to create these beautiful eyes. Our eyes are our windows onto the world- here we have captured elements of the natural world we want to save from the effects of Global Warming.

Art Theme Day - July 2019

In year 6 on Art Theme Day we have considered our own stance about whether religion and science are conflicting and complementary to create a piece of reflective artwork.

Year 2 have been researching the life of Vincent Van Gogh. They have been studying a range of his work and discussing each piece as well as exploring the colour choice and techniques used by Van Gogh. Taking inspiration from his work, 2ES have created their own pieces of Art.

KS1 Art Club visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park - July 19

In Golden Time today, we took our role as Green Ambassadors very seriously. After watching some of Climate Change- The Facts, we explored our opinions and responses to the global problem. We can't understand why more people aren't as outraged as we are. We used Oliver Jeffers' Earth Day project to inspire us where we imagined that all of the beautiful things in our natural world had disappeared or had lost their colour and joy by decorating a black and white picture of our school with some of the things we love in our natural world and that we don't want to lose.

Arts Day - January 2019

Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage looked at the work of artist Steven Brown and created some stunning class collages based on his animal pictures. The children then used a variety of media and techniques to create their own masterpieces.

Year 1

Year 1 looked at local Bradford born artist, David Hockney, and studied his vibrant landscape pictures in order to recreate one of our very own Hockney inspired images using pastel and wax crayons.

Year 2

We studied Laurence Lowry, his style and influences and created our own pictures depicting mill type buildings/houses and Lowry's famous matchstick type figures. We used collage and Willow Charcoal for our masterpieces. We also played and sung along to the song dedicated to him 'Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs (1978).

Year 3

The children in Year 3 have enjoyed reading our English book The Dolphin Boy by Michael Morpurgo. They particularly love the character Smiler so we based our Art Theme Day on this cheeky, clever character. The children first used pastels to create a background, then they used oil pastel to colour in half of the dolphin’s body. To finish their magnificent work the children created a collage using images of plastic. This was to highlight the devastating impact of plastic pollution on marine animals around the world.

Year 6

Year 6 have been using Road’s End, a short but dramatic film clip to inspire descriptive narrative writing. Today in Art, they used their character descriptions to create their own versions of the main character, Goggle Man. They used a variety of textiles to build layers of collage, materials of different textures and patterns. They built up certain aspects of their pictures so that they were 3D, really bringing this scary character to life!

Cross Curricular links - Reading and Art

Year 6 have recreated a character from their Read and Respond text, Trash, using trash (collage)! The character Rat who lives underneath a rubbish heap, is now proudly presenting our wonderful writing based on the text.

School Prints Project - Spring Term

We arew delighted to be one of the 6 chosen schools to be working with the Hepworth Gallery o the School Prints Project 2019.

In 2018, The Hepworth Wakefield revived School Prints, a ground-breaking scheme set up in the 1940s by Brenda Rawnsley, where artists were commissioned to create prints as part of a project to bring contemporary art to schools. 2019 sees the second iteration of the scheme with four new specially commissioned prints from Fiona Banner, Sir Peter Blake, Francis Upritchard and Richard Wentworth.

Building on the success of the first year of the project in 2018, which engaged over 1,000 primary and secondary school students from the Wakefield district, The Hepworth Wakefield has partnered this year with Turner Contemporary in Margate who will run a pilot of the project in their district, with support from Art Fund.

The prints will go on display at The Hepworth Wakefield from 19 January – 2 June 2019 and will also be on display at Phillips auction house in Berkeley Square, London, 17 – 25 January 2019.

We will take delivery of the prints VERY soon with our print workshops taking place during the Spring term.

Francis Upritchard

Surly Baboon, 2019

‘Monkeys and baboons are interesting to me because they look and behave a lot like humans, but are not human. The baboon in this print has a facial expression a little bit like my husband’s when he is in a fake bad mood. I guess a baboon in a bad mood might have a similar expression, so I’m not sure if this is really a portrait of my husband, or of a baboon.’

Peter Blake

Games We Used To Play, Things We Used To Do, 2019

‘I thought about what was different between when I was at school and schools today, and I remembered the games we used to play in the playground. I hope my print will make children smile and that they become involved in working out the different games, maybe asking their mum and dad about them.’

Richard Wentworth

Weights and Measures, 2019

‘I only photograph ‘things’, and I only photograph what I encounter. I don’t go hunting. I am not a snooper. Looking and seeing often overlap. If we ‘see’ something, is that an ‘image’? When does imagination enter our internal conversation? How do we share? Who do we want to keep out? I am very interested in the narrow line between public and private. The links and the leaves here are in a mad conversation. Human relationships are often quite like this image – in a state of variable mutual accommodation.’

Fiona Banner

Windsock Storyboard, 2019

‘Windsock Storyboard is based on my film Tete à Tête in which two mechanically operated windsocks are the main protagonists in a romantic drama set in a classic English landscape around Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Here, they turn their back on each other in a pivotal moment of confrontation.’

Enterprise Week

Year 6 have been using their designs to make a start on making their stockings to sell at the Christmas Fayre. They have been using running stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch, back stitch and chain stitch.

Year 1 Enterprise

Here are a few photos from our Enterprise activities. Shortbread Christmas themed biscuits as part of DT project and Xmas decorations for the Christmas Fayre

Lunchtime Choir enjoying ' Jingle Bells'

Recorders - November 18

The children in 3KH loved their first Recorders Golden Time session! We focused on learning how to hold the recorder correctly and play the note B, reading the music as we played along to different melodies. We are looking forward to learning how to play more notes next week and preparing for a performance at the end of our 3 week block!

Lunchtime Choir - November 18

Here is Miss Young and Mrs Waddington’s choir in action this week! The children lead the songs and we have a great time, what a wonderful way to spend our lunchtimes!

Art Theme Day - 23rd October 2018

Year 1

Year 1 children created their own paintings inspired by Henri Rousseau’s famous ‘Jungle Scenes’.

They developed their art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space to draw and paint. They used a range of thick brushes to create a colour wash for the background and thin brushes to add finer details to the drawing. They experimented with watercolour to make tints of colour and various shades.

Year 3

The inspiration for our first Art Theme Day of the year came from our Read and Respond book 'The Wolf's Footprint' by Susan Price. We looked at quotes from the story which describe Elka and Daw's experience in the forest, when they are alone, starving and surrounded by the watching eyes of wolves. We then looked at some real life photographs and artwork of wolves' eyes. The children discussed what they noticed about the shapes and patterns in the eyes and the different shades of colour. They then created their own painting of a wolves eye, using different paintbrushes and thickness of strokes to create texture and pattern.

Y3 Art Theme Day Learning Journey

Private Peaceful - Theatre Visit - October 2018

On the 23rd October, all children in year 4 and 5 will visit the Theate Royal in Wakefield to watch Private Peaceful.

Commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War One, Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

‘Private Peaceful at the theatre is a moving experience that not only tells the story of a young soldier’s final day in World War One, but perhaps more importantly conveys the strength of human spirit.’ – Michael Morpurgo

Sandal Community Association Scarecrow Festival 2018

Our children had a fantastic time creating scarecrows for the Sandal annual Scarecrow Festival.

After School Club - Sewing

Year 6 Cross Stitch Club was in full swing this evening. Evie loved it so much last year when she was in Year 6 that she has volunteered to come back every week to help the Year 6s!

The Hepworth Wakefield School Prints Project - September 2018 - July 2019

Project Overview

The Hepworth Wakefield has invited British artists to create limited edition prints for our school.Taking inspiration from the school prints scheme from the 1940s (see Henry Moore’s print to the right) the artists have been asked to produce ‘a series of auto-lithographs, for use in schools, as a means of giving school children an understanding of contemporary art.’

The project will reuse the original 1940s artist brief: ‘we only ask you if you would be good enough to do something suitable for children’, size 19 1/2” x 30”, and not to use more than six colours.

Schools Project 2018-19

The project will also serve as a transition project working with Year 5 children to act as a transition project between these two stages of education.

This is the second time the gallery will deliver this project with local schools and engagement will take place alongside a School Prints exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield in January 2019.

Each school will be given a full set of the artist prints produced by one artist, total number of 6 artworks p/school. Once the prints have been installed at school in January 2019, there will be onsite and offsite engagement activities including a visit to The Hepworth Wakefield where children will have the opportunity to respond to the artworks. The project will conclude with a celebration event where the students work will be displayed at The Hepworth Wakefield for invited friends and family to see.

Classical 100 - September 2018

This year, every class will be using the fantastic resource, classical 100 to enhance and enrich the curriculum.

Classical 100 complements our existing teaching resources, giving children and staff access to 100 pieces of fantastic classical music, from Bach to Bernstein and Handel to Haydn.

We can use the site to find just the right music for all kinds of lessons and activities. There are pieces for listening to and learning about music, for storytelling, for dancing, for exploring sounds and much more.

We can listen to a recording of each piece, while sharing and exploring the story behind the music. The list is also dynamic, allowing you to 'sort' the repertoire by mood, instrument, tempo, period or in any other way that suits you. In time, a range of downloadable resources will also be made available via the tool.

Our hope is that in using Classical 100, it will lead to more children discovering, appreciating and getting involved in music.

Tinker Time meets Arts Week

Jess and Skylar used Tinker Time this week to make star constellations. We had been studying them as part of our Space themed Arts Week and we were really inspired by them. We talked about the shapes and angles we could see.

Sandal Castle Sing Up - EYFS and KS1 - 14th June 2018

EYFS - Any dream will do

Lovely instrumental, great singing and actions. Smiley faces and a flying dream coat! Well Done.

1ES - Roar

Very enthusiastic front row. Excellent ' hey' action. Katie Perry would be proud of the ' roar' talent.

1HL - I'm Still Standing

Brilliant air guitar and flossing! Excellent class participation and great actions!

1NG - I'd rather be

Loud, clear singing - could hear every word. EVERYONE sang brilliantl, particularly at the finale.... Awesome!

2JS - Happy

Great ' yeahs' from the front row. Everyone concentrating and working together. Good moves were particularly noticed from a young man in a red shirt - excellent!

2RW - When I grow up

Good solo, Matilda look alike on the front row! All children singing. 2 parts. Great soloists. Fantastic!

2GH - A million dreams

Great quintet opener at the start - lovely singing boys! Fantastic chorus. Tears in the judges eyes.

The results are in...

Runners up are... EYFS and 2RW


Sandal Castle Sing Up Competition - KS2 13th June 2018

On behalf of all the judges, I would like to say what a wonderful afternoon we have had. We are so proud of all of the children involved.

3LG - Life is a wonderful thing. Everyone was really focussed and there was a fantastic key change in the middle - A great start to the afternoon

3CA - When I grow up - Enthusiastic performance. Great actions and the 2 part bit was excellent. Don't be too keen to grow up!

3KH - I love my life - Great signing! A very inclusive performance. Everyone joined in

with gusto. Brilliant solo. You are all wonderful!

Very well done to everyone in Year 3.

4SR - Somebody to lean on - Very solid performance with lovely vocals. Great sentiment. Great 2 part ending.

4SH - This is me! - Fantastic solos and group singing. Great high notes. Really liked the 2 part bits. Good performance from the 4 boys in the front!

4LS -Proud Mary - Mary would be very proud. We loved the mini Tina performance. We liked the way the music built up. Really great dance moves and some lovely loud singing.

Way to go Year 4

5SR- Dynamite - This really was a dynamite performance. Everyone had a really good time singing this. Well done to everyone including someone that has only just started at Sandal Castle. Your flossing was a lot better than Miss Silverwood's

5FW - Heroes - A very heartfelt performance that has us all in tears. Fantastic singing and dancing. I thought the heroes on the cards were nearly all excellent - Christiano Ronaldo?

5JS - Own kind of music - Soloists were superb. Good harmonies. Some lovely singing. Everyone was enthusiastic. Made everyone want to sing along. Some good moves too.

You have all obviously worked very hard Year 5

6MF - Ho! Hey! - Your timing was brilliant with all the Hos and Heys in the right place. You all looked like you were having a fantastic time. Very good actions.

6LW - Blinded by your Grace - Beautiful singing. A fantastic performance from the rapping duo! A great song choice. The performance was rounded off by an awesome soloist!

6RW - Umbrella - A fine performance with some excellent 'prop' work. Great job at singing in parts. The rapping was excellent.

Any high school will be lucky to have such talent! Well done Year 6

The results are in it was a very difficult choice because you were all BRILLIANT! (Wish you all could win)

Runners up 3 KH, 4 SH and 5 JS

Congratulations to 6 LW. We will remember your performance for a long time to come!!

Mrs Slatter, Joe Slatter, Miss Silverwood, Mrs Endersby

Maja earns top prize in the Sandal Community Association Design Competition

Maja's design has been judged the best in the Sandal Community Associations competition to find a mascot for the 2018 Festival. Named ‘Summer Sunshine’, it will be turned into an actual scarecrow to help us promote this year’s event.

Maja and the two runners-up received certificates and prizes of book tokens, presented by ‘Pumpkin’ (aka festival co-ordinator Harriet Swainson) in the garden at Sandal Library. Her design will also be turned into another prize for her – a cake made by Nicole Etherington, from Fortythree Coffee Shop.

Runners-up were 11-year-old Imman with her scarecrow called ’Lisa’, and six-year-old Peggy with ‘The Grand Old Scarecrow of Sandal’.

Harriet said the judges had had a very difficult time choosing the winners from among 130 colourful and imaginative entries. They were impressed by the vitality and variety of the entries which were eventually reduced to a shortlist of 18. The rest of those on the shortlist will receive highly commended certificates.

Entries came from children aged 3-11 and represented a huge variety of subjects, including fairies, clowns, a Viking, spaceman, emojis, a knight, unicorn, Superman, a ringmaster, Harry Potter and loads more. They will all be put on display at the festival in September, after which contestants can claim back their entries, if they wish.

Harriet added: "We were delighted that so many children took part and we are very grateful for the support given to us by local schools, Sandal Library and the other outlets that helped us by making entry forms available."

Arts Award Discover

Arts Award Discover is the introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25.

To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end.This award provides a great introduction to the arts and to other Arts Award levels. We offer Arts Award discover accreditation as part of our After School Art provision.

Hepworth Aty Gallery Visit

Our Art Club visited the Hepworth Gallery on the 28th March to observe the work of Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works.

Anthony McCall. Face to Face (II) (2013). Installation view, Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam, 2014. Photograph by Hans Wilschut.

Solid Light Works is the first major UK exhibition of artist Anthony McCall’s work in over a decade. It explores all facets of his work and includes the UK premieres of three ‘solid light’ installations.

McCall describes his practice as existing in the space where cinema, sculpture and drawing overlap. He is best known for his large-scale, immersive sculptural light installations that incorporate the visitor and invite them to become active participants in the work.

The exhibition also highlights the importance of drawing to McCall and the meticulous planning that goes into each installation.

Aided by digital projection, McCall’s new installations use only projected light and a thin mist, creating physically powerful works that take on the appearance of sculptural forms in space. Visitors are encouraged to engage with the planes and chambers created by the projections.

‘At the Hepworth Wakefield you can see the work of an artist who makes geometry mesmerising…nothing can quite prepare you for the experience. It is captivating. You are immersed in a world of diaphanous light.’ – The Times

Dragon's Den

On the 23rd March we held our our very own “Dragon’s Den” competition. To enter, children needed to create an invention, which would help somebody in some way. It had to be creative and they must have been able to explain their product to the judges. Inventions could be drawn/ made out of household objects or even Lego. Children had the chance to win brilliant prizes including fantastic books; ' Cool Architecture', ' Iggy Peck Architect and ' Biscuit Bear' alongside design technology kits.The lucky winners were announced in assembly on the 28th March.

Here are a few children from year 5 class presenting their products to the class before voting- Skylar actually won, she designed a book mood reader, type in your mood and the electronic device finds a book to suit your mood!!

All Aboard at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park - 10th March 2018

Programmed as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s (YSP) All Aboard programme introduces local families to works from the Collection, through supported visits and a range of family-friendly activities.

Becky Harlow, Exhibitions Engagement Coordinator at YSP and Natalie Bellingham, All Aboard Artist Coordinator, works alongside school staff, children and parents to ensure that we give families from local schools the opportunity to visit YSP.

10 families from Sandal Castle Primary were invited to take part in the All Aboard Arts programme. Children, parents and grandparents had a wonderful time exploring, appreciating and celebrating 40 years of art without walls.

Parental quotes;

What has today done for you and your family?

Farrah and Paul: We liked seeing lots of different things together.

Fin and Janine : The ability to craft and build sculptures.

Connor and Sue: Made us have lots of fun.

Elliot and Mark: It has taught us how to think bigger with art. Making memories with family.

Wakefield Cultural Education Partnership - March 2018

Mrs Drury, our Arts teacher is a member of the Wakefield Cultural Educatuion Partnership. The March 2018 meeting focussed on; our ambitions for Arts and Cultureal Education in Wakefield, current strengths, gaps and challenges. We look forward to continuing this partnership to ensure children of Wakefield receive a pertinent and purposeful Arts programme.

Wakefield Cultural Education Partnership 2018

Our children have the opportunity to learn to play a range of instruments as part of our Music curriculum; recorder, keyboard, samba and brass. These sessions are for all children with no cost to parents/carers and are taught by school staff. We feel strongly that the opportunity to learn to play instruments and perform is an entitlement for all. In addition, our children in year 3 also learn how to play the ukulele and have lessons led by staff from Wakefield Music Service.

We also offer peripatetic music lessons; drumming, woodwind, guitar, violin, which then leads to our children having the opportunity to play with music centre groups and ensembles.

We also offer a number of musical after school clubs; choir, recorders and garage band which is a composition group using ipads.

Young Voices 2018 held at Sheffield Arena.

On Thursday 18th January, our Key Stage Two choir attended the Young Voices Concert at Sheffield Arena. All of the children had a brilliant time and as always their behaviour was impeccable! They explored the arena; met children from a wide range of choirs and primary schools across the region, and thoroughly enjoyed performing in front of such a huge audience.

As I’m sure you can see from our pictures, the children looked fantastic in their Young Voices t-shirts and relished in their surroundings and the atmosphere of the event. Much fun was had by all! A huge well done to all of the children!

For the past 20 years, Young Voices has staged the largest children's choir concerts in the world. Over 2 million children have taken part in a Young Voices concert and we believe passionately in inspiring the next generation to find their love for music.

Each night, between 5,000-8,000 children perform as a single choir to a sold-out audience of family and friends.

The aim of Young Voices is to inspire a love of music and create memories for the children that will last a lifetime.

The music is specially selected to create a diverse musical repertoire all with the intention to introduce children to the widest possible spectrum of music. By providing a diverse range of musical styles children will learn, enjoy, and gain a fuller understanding of music and what it means to sing together. We also aspire to connect families through music and to share in the learning experience when children practice at home.

For some of the music, they provide a simple selection of dance moves that are learned and performed whilst singing the songs. Children and teachers particularly enjoy the combination of dancing and singing, adding a fun, electric atmosphere to the concert.

Nothing can prepare you for the sound of thousands of children singing together. With a full 7-piece live band made up of some of the UK’s leading musicians, backing singers, and the internationally acclaimed conductor David Lawrence – it makes for one of the most exciting and memorable musical experiences you can imagine.We last took part in Young Voices in 2011/2012.

2018 will be the largest concert tour to date with over 150,000 children taking part!


Our Year 3 children all have Ukulele lessons as part of their Year 3 curriculum. We enjoy a performance every term combining song, rhythm work using boomwhackers progressing to a number of pieces played on the ukulele.

Combining the Arts and Outdoor Learning

This evening as night fell, these 5 giants of Gardening Club paused momentarily, and then posed against a backdrop of Yorkshire stone in the school Quadrangle. Storm Caroline billowed overhead as, with filthy finger nails, we finished 3 weeks of planting over 500 bulbs ready for spring, shipped over to school from Holland by Bulbs4Kids.

Our aim is to brighten up the school campus this spring, learn about the origins of Dutch horticulture and celebrate the arrival on site of our amazing sculpture (pictured) designed by Year 6 pupils (2016-17). Tulips originate from Turkey, and the descriptive word 'tulip' translates as 'turban'.

At his visit earlier in the year, Chris Collins (Blue Peter Head Gardener) said 'every garden should have a focus that draws you in'. This sculpture, designed here and created in partnership with The Hepworth Museum of the Year 2017, unveiled at the Hepworth's Play Day Exhibition event in August 2017, is on show in school before it is located in the Early Years Foundation Stage play area.

Club members considered it's attributes, commenting that it continues to help our leaning. Baffled, seeking clarification, Mr Dore asked members to explain. "Gardeners are famous for leaning, usually on garden spades and forks. A sculpture is something else to lean on". Enlightened, our last session this side of the winter solstice concluded, beneath the darkening sky.

Pop UK

We had 5 wonderful days working with PopUK. Alison McGuigan and Andy Silver worked with our children and staff in partnership with St Helen's Church delivering social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning through a vibrant singing recording and performance project. It was an opportunity to involve the whole school in learning a set of vibrant, catchy, current sounding pop songs. The lyrics to each song provide vitally important learning for children’s emotional wellbeing, exploring key life-affirming values and encouraging children to live their passions and discover their purpose. Singing is a key part of the Sandal Castle Primary DNA and over a period of five days the school comes alive with singing! The entire school ( EYFS, KS1 & KS2) worked towards performing a high profile community pop concert and recording a professional pop album.The project deepens and strengthens our school relationship with parents and the wider community demonstrating the talents of every child and helping each child to strengthen their self confidence and self achievement; a truly memorable community event, enhancing the teaching of Music, SMSC, PSHE, Citizenship & RE.

Sandal Castle Primary Playlist

  • Stand By Me Always
  • Lend a Hand
  • Who you are
  • Stronger
  • Anchor in the Storm
  • Pop Swagger
  • Medley; Walking on Sunshine/Don't worry be happy/Twist and Shout

The Hepworth Gallery

We have strong links with the Country's number one Museum, the Hepworth Gallery. Our children have been fortunate to work alongside artists and architects on their new outdoor play design - Portobello Plays. We are fortunate to have been offered the sculpture our children designed for use within our school grounds. The play sculpture will form part of our outdoor learning offer for our soon to be built KS1 Nurture provision.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

We are also extremely lucky to have the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on our doorstep.The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an open-air gallery showing work by British and international artists, including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth

YSP’s vibrant learning programmes provide opportunities for learners of all ages. YSP has established formal, family and wellbeing learning programmes, with over 40,000 people participating each year. Our children and their families have participated in their programmes on an annual basis in addition to the visits led by our Arts specialist, Mrs Drury.

For the last two years, our children have taken part in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival and have performed Shakespeare plays at the Wakefield Theatre and Opera House, and the Barnsley Civic Theatre.

Here is Owen starring alongside Arthur Darvill as Henry V in Shakespeare's play Henry V

Indian Arts Week April 2017

During this exciting week the children enjoyed workshops from several artists including the Annpurna Dance Company and Tempus Fugit Theatre Company who introduced our children to the magical and mystic world of Indian Theatre and Dance along with Bob Clayton and Jaqueline Greaves who worked with our children to create wonderful pieces of Art that reflect some of the colourful aspects of Indian Art.

Food tasting and Henna Art were very popular in Foundation Stage guided by our lovely Mrs Fiaz

Henna Art in Foundation Stage

Drama Club with Gemma at St Helen’s Church Thursdays (Term Time). 7 Years + Emmaus Rooms (Green Doors)

At the Drama Club members get a chance to play games, meet new people, develop confidence and self-esteem. Most of all be welcomed and have fun! For more information contact: Sally Martin 07910558139 or Gemma Whelan 07799416771 To book your place please pick up a form from school reception. Dates for this term: Sept 21st/28th Oct 5th/12th/19th Nov 2 nd/9th/16th/23rd Dec 7th Sunday 10th December Families@4pm led by Drama Group. Tea followed by creative advent worship for all ages at St Helen’s Church. Please bring your form to the first session