The Arts

 

Swaffield Primary School has been awarded the national award of ‘Arts Mark’ at Gold Level 3 consecutive times. This is an outstanding achievement and shows the high level of commitment the school and staff have towards Art, Music, Drama and Dance.

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Miss Lufflum, Tom Lorencin, Melody Clancy & Mrs Shires proudly receive the Award.

Art is a very much loved subject at Swaffield and this is evident as soon as you enter the school grounds with artwork displayed in the playgrounds and throughout the school building. Art topics are explored all through the school year but are particularly studied during our annual ‘Arts Week’ in June.
We value our link with Chestnut Grove School in Balham, where we are invited to join them with their Art Projects.  In previous years, the project has included specialist training from professionals at  different arts organisations including the Pumphouse Gallery in Battersea Park and Somerset House.  The children involved subsequently create artwork inspired by the training and then have it displayed in these arts organisations.  The children then get to attend a special private view evening where they can invite their parents and view their work. The art  has  been stunning and the children and families extremely proud.

 

Music is taught by music specialists and Year 4 children are taught through the ‘Wider Opportunities Scheme’ where all their lessons involve playing the trumpet. Our specialist teacher visits all classes from Nursery to Year 6 and delivers the music curriculum alongside the class teacher.

 

 

 Arts’ Week and Arts’ Evening 2017

We are very proud of our Arts’ Week, which we hold every year followed by an Arts’ Evening at which parents and carers can visit to see the wonderful creations that have been produced during the week. In the summer term 2017, our Arts’ Week was inspired by Roald Dahl.

Please enjoy the photos on the Gallery page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Band

School band has re-united and the children put forward some very exciting project ideas. We’ll send information home next term.

 

FABULOUS BRAZILIAN MUSIC WORKSHOPS

 

In March 2015 we welcomed three talented Brazilian musicians to Swaffield for a music workshop organised by Miss Lufflum with World Heart Beat Music Academy who are based in Kimber Road, Wandsworth.
The musicians were Pepe Barcellos – Guitar/percussion/singer, Cibele Palapoli – Flute and Almir Pessoa – Guitar/singer. They are visiting London as part of a programme, ‘Transform’, which is an initiative of the Brazil Ministry of Culture and the British Council.  Our children enjoyed participating in workshops during which they learned to sing in Portuguese and to play wonderful Brazilian music on a variety of instruments. Here are the photos:

 

 

October 2014

We are delighted to be involved in the BBC Ten Pieces Project which has the aim of inspiring a generation of children to get creative with classical music.
On 7th October, Year 3 pupils went to a special screening of the Ten Pieces film at Cineworld in Wandsworth and were captivated. The children returned to school motivated and inspired. Our aim is to use this project across school over the coming year and we’ll keep you posted.

You can find out more about the Ten Pieces project by visiting their website – www.bbctenpieces.co.uk

 

Arts Week and Arts Evening -summer term 2014

Our annual arts focus showed how fantastically creative our children are. Inspired by the theme ‘Earth & Beyond’ they produced amazing pieces of art ranging from sculptures and drawings to an animation and hand-sewn puppets. This is what some of the visitors to Arts Evening 2014 said:
I thought the artwork was fantastic. What creativity. I really like the way maths and storytelling were integrated into the work. Very cool – and a huge effort on everybody’s part.”

“The planets with rings were amazing and all the clay.”

I’ve seen wonderful work! I’m definitely coming again!”

“The art was beautiful.”

Really good artwork by the whole school. Amazing work. Very well done.”

“A really impressive and dynamic display! Clearly the work of happy and well-taught children.”

“It was lovely to see so many different things. It all looks great and all seemed to have put their heart and soul into it.”

“I like the alien.”

“Such amazing displays – really impressive at all levels. And the children are so excited about it all – I have been shown every stand by my very enthusiastic son.”

“The teachers have worked so hard! It’s very arty and interesting.”

“I liked everything, it was the most beautiful art in the universe.”

You can see pictures of some of the wonderful artwork on our gallery page.

 

Fabulous Fish – On March 18th 2014, some of our Year 5 children were joined by two artists from dallas, pierce, quintero (www.dp-q.com) as part of an arts project inspired by the River Wandle. During the session, the children created some fabulous fish decorating them with glitter and sequins. Initially, they mimicked the patterns on trout and then went on to use their own creativity to produce different designs. You can see more photos on the Gallery. Our childrens’ fish will be part of an installation featuring over 1,000 fish which will be on display at Southside Shopping Centre as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival (www.wandsworthartsfestival.com)

Early in the Spring Term 2014, many of our children enjoyed participating in Gamelan Workshops.  Gamelan is the music of Indonesia and the workshops taught our pupils about the music and instruments of Bali.  With each child either playing a metallophone or a gong, they learnt some tricky rhythms and produced some beautiful music. Here are the photos.

Swaffield is very proud of its Drama studio and drama is included in many subject areas. The children have ample opportunity to act various plays from sketches in assemblies to musicals at Christmas and Summer Concerts. We also have various drama companies who involve the children in workshops and plays ranging from Tam Tam Theatre for Early Years, Drama4ALL for KS1 and The Big Fish Company raising drug awareness for Year 6.

Dance is mainly taught as part of the PE curriculum,however there are various after-school clubs to extend the children’s development (please refer to Clubs & Activities). Throughout the school year professional artists from different cultural backgrounds are invited to perform dances and music to the whole school. Previous ensembles have included Zulu’s during Black History Month, Flamenco dancers during our Hispanic Week and Indian dancers during our International Week. Each of these groups has then gone on to provide dance workshops for KS2 children.

We are proud of the high standards we maintain in the Performing Arts and are always keen to embrace the next project or initiative. Past Highlights include: singing in the Kids Choir at the National ‘ Thames Festival’ held annually in September, performing at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall with other Wandsworth Schools.

Miss Lufflum
The Arts Subject Leader

Whenever possible we record our music playing and upload  it to NUMU, so that you can listen to it.

Please click on the link to the left to hear some of our performances.