Swaffield Primary School has been awarded the national award of ‘Arts Mark’ at Gold Level four 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.
Read more about us receiving the award here.
We are very proud of the quality of our music provision here at Swaffield and are delighted to have been awarded as a Music Mark School Member.
Our specialist music teacher visits all classes from Nursery to Year 6 and delivers the music curriculum alongside the class teacher. All children in Year 4 have keyboard lessons with our specialist music teacher during which time they also learn about music theory.
Music is taught by music specialists and children have access to a range of instrument lessons in school and also via our links with local music academy World Heart Beat.
Through the links with World Hear Beat, the children at Swaffield have enjoyed music workshops featuring a variety of instruments from a range of cultures. These have included a New Orleans Jazz Workshop, Indian Music Workshop, and a Gamelan Workshop.
We have a real passion for singing at Swaffield too and the children enjoy a weekly singing assembly.
Singing In The Local Community
Our Junior Choir enjoys attending events locally to share their songs with the community at places such as Hestia Age Concern.
Over the past few years at Christmas Swaffield children have shared some festive cheer with our school families and also in our local community.
In December 2021:
Swaffield Choir sang beautifully at West Side Church's Carols by Candlelight.
Key Stage 2 children delighted parents and carers when they performed for our Swaffield community at Carols In The Playground.
Hear Swaffield Choir singing in a previous event with St Cecilia's Choir
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Totally Thames Kids' Choir
We are thrilled to have been one of two Wandsworth schools to take part in the Totally Thames Festival for the last few years.
A number of our most experienced Junior Choir members performed as part of the 400-strong Totally Thames children's choir in front of a huge audience at The Scoop next to City Hall in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Listen to some clips from the September 2019 performance by clicking on the boxes below:
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' and Arts' Evening in June.
Art topics are explored all through the school year but are particularly studied during our annual Arts' Week and Arts' Evening in June.
We value our link with local schools and arts organisations, 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 Tate Gallery, and the Totally Thames Festival "Ship of Tolerance"
The art has been stunning and the children and families extremely proud.
Arts' Week and Arts' Evening
We are very proud of our Arts' Week, which we hold every year. This is followed by an Arts' Evening Exhibition which parents and carers can visit to see the wonderful creations that have been produced during Arts' Week.
Comments from visitors to Arts' Evening:
This was a wonderful Arts' Evening! So diverse, so colourful! It really shows what a well-rounded education Swaffield aims to give our children.
And a quote from our Roald Dahl themed Arts' Evening
Without a doubt, the most talented, arty, brilliant, impressive, and fantastic
children I've ever seen! Roald Dahl himself would be incredibly proud of you! Bravo!
Take a look at some of the wonderful Arts' Week Creations here.
Arts' Week 2021
Arts' Evening Summer 2019
In the summer term 2019, our Arts' Week theme was "Positive Planet" during which our children created stunning pieces of art by items which may have otherwise been put in recycling.
Music and Drama Workshops
Swaffield is very proud of its Drama studio and drama is included in many subject areas.
The children have many opportunities to act 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 including Drama4All, and PSSA.
We are proud of the high standards we maintain in the Performing Arts and are always keen to embrace the next project or initiative.
Dance is mainly taught as part of the PE curriculum, however there are various after-school clubs to extend the children’s development (please see our Extra-curricular page for details). 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 Totally Thames Fesitval (see above for details) held annually in September, performing at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall with other Wandsworth Schools.
Recently they have included:
- Charles Dickens Dance
- School Band
Past Arts Highlights
Brazilian Music Workshops
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 were 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.