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.
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 Pumphouse Gallery in Battersea Park and Somerset House. 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 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 2018, our Arts' Week was inspired by Fairy Tales.
Here are some 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 last year's Roald Dahl theme 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.
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.
We value our links to local music academy World Heart Beat and through them the children at Swaffield have enjoyed music workshops featuring a variety of instruments from a range of cultures. These have recently 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.
Our Junior Choir enjoys attending events locally to share their songs with the community at places such as Hestia Age Concern and .
At Christmas the Junior Choir was delighted to be part of the Carol Service for the Mayor of Wandsworth where as well as singing alone [listen here], they also sang with St Cecilia's Choir [listen here].
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 and are preparing for this year's event currently.
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 2018.
Listen to a clip from the September 2018 performance:
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 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.
BBC Ten Pieces Project
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.
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
In 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. Our children’s’ fish were part of an installation featuring over 1,000 fish which will be on display at Southside Shopping Centre as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival (wandsworthartsfestival.com)