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Southfields Primary School

Southfields Primary School

The Arts

Southfields Primary School has been re-awarded the Artsmark Gold Award.

See Our Application for Arts Mark Validation

Southfields believes in the value of the Arts in providing memorable experiences for our pupils in all subjects.  The Arts provide unique pathways to learning which we fully embrace and have over many years.  We have  unique child lead learning opportunities within the school where all pupils regularly use the Arts to inspire independent learning for instance in the ‘Morphus and Nonsense’ shop where pupils are inspired to use a variety of artefacts to inspire mark making and creatively explore the power of words and imagination through the Arts. 

This is also evidenced in living books where pupils become characters within stories such as Flower fairies dancing in mid-summer night gardens to pupils acting out the boy in the striped pyjamas across the fencing in our Anderson shelter within the school grounds.  We have used Drama to bring together WW1 on Anglia TV with local donkey sanctuaries and art work on giant poppies in the school grounds.  Forest school and eco work is inspired by wellington trees and also catching a moment rain droplets showing the magic of learning here and in the Sudan on a global Arts project through connecting classrooms.  A quiet paisley art garden for meditation develops philosophy allowing pupils time to think and reflect on the world we live in. The school embraces the arts which is evident in the internal and external environment of the school.   Early cave man mark making paintings, aboriginal burial poles, internal cafes to promote modern foreign languages even lunch times embrace the arts where we link foods and art work inspired by fruit and vegetables.  Pianos are dotted around the school and all pupils learn to play five tuned instruments and read musical notation; we believe supports work and standards in mathematics.  Dance provides amazing memorable experiences in Science.  The Arts underpins most of the curriculum and we fully use its magic to ensure our pupils have vibrant and interesting education.

At Southfields we value and embrace the similarities and differences of cultures around the world.  We have worked hard over many years to ensure that pupils develop an understanding of different cultures and we have used the arts to compare similarities and differences for instance in our whole school project on landscapes where we considered how different countries interpret their own landscape.  In this whole school project we undertook studies of Australian art work, Guatemalan kites, Navaho Indians, Chinese artwork, African inspired. We have undertaken work in dance from different countries and cultures linked to the wider curriculum and local events such as the circle of life in the local dance festival by studying the way different animals move.  Regularly pupils perform Gamelan in assembly with pupils which provide a spiritual cultural understanding of Indonesian culture.  We have undertaken a connecting classrooms project with the Sudan which involved trees and decorated rain drops of pupils awe and wonder, it was interesting to see how this looks the same in another culture.  We have worked with pupils to lead assemblies and performed in the cathedral interfaith council with other settings and cultures to sing and perform inspired by leaders of other faiths and cultures.  We have performed at the Katherine of Aragon service in Peterborough Cathedral with Spanish dignitaries and cultural visitors.  Recently we performed in the centre of Peterborough in the Tunisian market where pupils performed and danced with visitors from Tunisia to launch the International market to promote world culture.

Southfields has an inclusive specialist unit enhanced resource provision for speech and language where pupils join the school with severe behaviour difficulties; many excluded or at risk of exclusion from other settings through extreme frustration and others selective mute or unable to speak so others can understand their thoughts and feelings. These pupils are frustrated by their lack of ability to link their learning to be able to articulate this due to receptive and auditory processing difficulties and the Arts provides a gift to learning and supporting development.  In language we use shape coding and visual support to ensure these pupils are able to organise their learning and through the arts they learn to express their world, for instance drawing their understanding and singing away speech disorders, performing in drama and dance so others understand the way they see the world.  The impact of this is immeasurable; How do you measure a smile when suddenly a pupil speaks who has never spoken who laughs and giggles because they are happy in their world? How do you measure expression in dance as a tight ball unwinds into a pupil who calms loves learning and stops fighting.  The Arts have provided our speech and language pupils as well as many other pupils with special educational or emotional needs the opportunity to build their self-confidence, raise their self-esteem, improve their positive behaviour inspire reluctant learners.  Over many years we have provided a wealth of music, dance, drama, art and design that have changed outcomes for pupils who could not access the world they live in without frustration and anger for us as a school the Arts have provided unique opportunities to allow pupils the opportunities to learn in a visually rich and vibrant environment which has undoubtedly positively changed lives through the arts.  

In the feedback from the case study we took part in with Ofsted 2013 ‘Unseen Children’ experiential gaps, parents questionnaires talking to pupils pupil premium /Data dashboard/Raise

Pupil premium-In 2013 we undertook a case study with Ofsted which explored the success of the school with pupils who access pupil premium funding which was published in the document ‘Unseen Children’ which was shared with all schools.  During this research and case study one of the key areas that was felt contributed to the success of pupils was the value the school placed on the arts and creativity.  During this research we evidenced that through a range of data, statements and records, interviews, parent and pupil meetings as well as examinations and results all resulted in improving outcomes for pupils in the arts this is evidenced in a range of documents and reports.  We have had success in regional and national competitions in music, dance and drama and have performed on national TV as a winning entry in the schools film category which allowed the opportunity to work with TV professionals.  In addition to this we have represented England in the Choir of the Year competition and always enter regional and national competitions and festivals.  We have won places in Music, The Arts, Drama and Dance. Currently we hold the title of best floor and vault in gymnastics regional competition which involved putting a sequence of moves together creatively to music. As a school we can demonstrate that experiential gaps which are closed through the Arts positively impact pupil attainment and standards as well as the pastoral aspects of learning.

At Southfields we have a range of approaches to identifying gifts, talents, enthusiasms and passions for subjects.  In the Arts we use teacher and TA assessments during teaching as well as child initiated learning in addition to this we have focus Arts events where pupils have the opportunity to excel.  Each week the children are absorbed in the Arts and during the enriched curriculum sessions pupils have the opportunity to evaluate and feed back into learning to ensure that they have an input into the way the school is run.  Pupils during these sessions are taught a range of Arts and other subjects inspired by the Arts to enthuse and engage pupils.

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Pupil voice is important to us as a school and pupils leading and feeding into all we do is firmly embedded in the way we work in the Arts.  Pupils are asked to put forward their ideas and suggestions in planning as well as refining the Arts.  For instance when we work on Arts projects or performances we use their gifts and talents to inspire ideas and suggestions to use with other pupils.  We often talk to the pupils about the ideas they want to develop and a growth mind set is very important to us and our curriculum is based on Metacognition thinking skills which embrace the Arts.  Pupils lead clubs and ask for extra-curricular Arts as do the parents who enjoy family events.  As a school we have distributive leadership and pupils are encouraged to take part in and organise learning in the Arts. During Morphus and Nonsense independent learning pupils work alongside other children throughout the school as well as groups of learners designing and creating their own unique learning experiences.

We have a recognised Arts award for contribution to the Arts annually and pupils from each year group are celebrated at a special awards evening.  In addition to this we have an award for Voice of the year and musician of the year, recently we have added to this with an Arts beyond our school award which has been donated by rifle men for our contribution to the work on animals who helped us in the war.  As well as this we have a range of competitions regional and national that we take part in that celebrate the Arts. 

As a staff we value the huge contribution the Arts make to learning within the school. All staff have an innovation and inspiration book where they express their ideas and thoughts which they share; this takes the form of a sketch book approach.  These books evidence people’s gifts and talents, ideas and thoughts about learning.  As a result of these books the indoor and outdoor environment has been transformed into one which is not only amazing for our pupils but also an inspiration to other teachers who visit and train as part of the Outstanding Teacher Programme we deliver at the school.  CPD for staff has been delivered within the school such as dance in science as well as other Arts opportunities but in addition to this many staff actively engage in Arts CPD beyond the school such as creative projects and links with Artists, Musicians, Performers and Dancers.  The staff have their own weekly dance club where all staff are invited to attend with a TA who specialises in Dance and Movement.  The school has run CPD for talent management in the Arts that inspired pupil’s imagination.  As a school we have our own costume area and many different resources to inspire dance and drama which are fully utilised.  Southfields has a lead teacher and music director and Music is a core subject at the school Pupils all learn to read music and play tuned instruments as well as being voice trained; therefore during staff meetings staff have a small input of music where they play together regularly to inspire music and the teaching of music.

We have worked hard to inspire pupils with the work we have done with the Royal Opera House we are fortunate to have links with the stage manager who has worked hard with us to allow pupils to visit and watch the Ballet and Opera to perform as well as learning about the stories and dance history behind the stories.  We took a group of teachers from the Sudan with pupils to the Opera House to enjoy a performance as work on our connecting classrooms.  In addition to this we have looked at scenery and stage scenes designing our own.  As a result of our work on Ballet we now have our own ballet club that pupils requested which is very well attended and pupils thoroughly enjoy taking part and improving their movements and applying this creatively to expressive dance.

Buddying through enrichment, assisting other classes and pupils through morphus and nonsense and also arts whole school projects and workshops for parents such as Christmas art activities designed by year 6, responsibility for arts areas stage manager, costume and props, music and art room.  Arts ambassadors during visit with Sudan, during visits to the school, Arts ambassadors when visiting other places of interest, talented and gifted visits.Setting up equipment and organising arts week events and enrichment. National music qualifications and we have a recognised Arts award for contribution to the Arts annually and pupils from each year group are celebrated at a special awards evening in addition to this we have an award for Voice of the year and musician of the year, recently we have added to this with an Arts beyond our school award which has been donated by riffle men for our contribution to the work on animals who helped us in the war.  As well as this we have a range of competitions regional and national that we take part in that celebrate the Arts. 

National and regional conferences on building vision and aspirations through the arts

Website, newsletters parents competitions, performances,

As a National leading school one of our main strengths is in the Arts and the inspirational creative learning environment.  As a school we speak at National and Regional conferences and events where we are able to inspire others in the Arts.  This has been validated by a number of visitors and attendees at conferences who have used the creative ideas to inspire and move forward arts in their own settings. 

Successful example of working with arts organisation – Music Hub

We have worked as a universal offer with year 3 with the Cambridgeshire music hub where we are able to work with pupils on music and performance.  Over time we have worked with practising musicians who have inspired the pupils and resulted in some wonderful performances for parents.  In addition to this we have been invited to regional events to play with orchestras and choirs to further enthuse the pupils in music.  This has been evidenced in work with pupils in year 3 and year 5 as well as the school choir who have thoroughly enjoyed working with adult choirs and musicians to support their own performances. 

We have rigorous safe guarding procedures and in addition to the required documentation DBS, insurances, learning objectives, references and contracts, child protection training in addition to this we also provide induction for new staff or visitors who will be doing sessions with the school which builds their knowledge of the school and its context and dedication to the Arts and our philosophy of education.

Impact –

The impact of being able to work with artists and musicians has had an immeasurable impact on the school and the pupils.  They are dedicated to the arts and fully involve themselves in expressive arts in many different forms, they understand that adults have occupations that focus on the arts and that they too could have a career and life that embraces the Arts.  This is evidenced in the class display boards where pupils are able to say what they aspire to be when they grow up.  Pupils in questionnaires and during pupil voice sessions feedback that they enjoy taking part in The Arts activities they enjoy music, drama, dance and art we can evidence that it has had an impact on standards and achievement within the school and supported pupils with a range of learning and emotional needs.

Summary strengths and areas to develop and three year plan to achieve this action plan

Visitors and Visits to the school

Date

Artists/Art organisation

Or project led by specialist

Context

Arts area to develop and year groups

In the future

Further Links

Sept ’13 and Sept ‘14

M & M Productions

The Hobbit

The Railway Children

KS2

DRAMA

Will visit 2015 with Alice in Wonderland

Annually

Visits to Church Christingle and Easter

 

KS2

Year 3/4/5/6

MUSIC and READING RECITALS

 

Ongoing

Choral Groups

 

KS2 Enrichment

Year 3/4/5/6

DRAMA

 

Ongoing

Music

Recorders/Guitars

KS1 and KS2

All year groups Enrichment

MUSIC

 

Ongoing

Dance

Linking to different cultures

KS1 and KS2

All year groups Enrichment

DANCE

 

Ongoing

Art

 

KS1 and KS2

All year groups

ECO ART

 

Ongoing

Craft and Jewellery making

 

KS1 and KS2

All year groups

ART

 

Ongoing

Fine Motor Skills

Making and constructing

KS1 and KS2

All year groups

ART

 

Ongoing

Barn Crafts/Forest Schools

Sustainable and Recycled Projects

Creating crafts for our Barn

KS1 and 2 Enrichment

All year groups

 

Annual

ARTS WEEK

Artists and Staff with specialism leading groups

Varity of themed projects

Whole School

All year groups

See plans with additional details

30 hours

 

2013-14

Jane Harris – Author

And

Illustrator

 

KS1 and KS 2 Assemblies – re book reading and how to get a book published

 

Nov ’13 and Nov ‘14

Blunderbus Theatre

Dotty the Dragon’s Daughter

and Hugless Douglas – followed by workshops

KS1 and KS2

All year groups

DRAMA/DANCE/MUSIC

Will visit 2015

2014

Gripping Yarns

Puppet Show re Anti- Bullying

Whole School

All year groups

DRAMA

 

Annually

City Centre/Town Park Memorial Services

 

Year 3 and 4

Readings/Singing

MUSIC

 

Annually

The PANTO Company

Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty

Whole School

DRAMA

DANCE

Next Year Aladdin

Annually

Cathedral –

Catherine of Aragon Service

KS2 Choir Perform

MUSIC

 

Annual

Stibbington Residential

Eco Art Projects

Year 2

ART

 

Annually

Pet. Road Safety performance

Courtroom Drama

With child participation

Year 4 and 5

DRAMA

 

Annually

Stibbington

Green Day

Eco Art

KS2 TAG

ART

 

2014

Anglia TV Studios

Making a performance re WW2

Year 3

DRAMA

 

2014

Pet. Road Safety Team

Performance- The Riot Act

KS2

DRAMA

MUSIC

 

Annually

London Residential

Evening Theatre Visit

Sketching artefacts in British Museum

In the past we have visited Tate Modern

Year 5

DRAMA

DANCE

ART

 

Annual

Country Dance Festival

 

KS1 and Years 3 and 4

DANCE

 

Annual

Dance Festival at Cresset

 

Mix of year groups

DANCE

 

Annually

Scarborough Residential

Painting and Sketching

Year 6

ART

 

2014 and 2015

Black Country Living Museum

Victorians – dress as act part for the day at a Victorian Village/Classroom and Mine

Year 5

DRAMA

 

2015

Broadway Theatre

Rock and Roll Concert– performance participation

Year 3

MUSIC

 

Every 2 years

Travelling with Tuba

Performance with child participation

Followed by Workshops

Alternate years for Ks1 and KS2

MUSIC

 

2015

Harry Potter Studios

Tour etc. D and T Scenery Stage sets

Years 4 and 6

DRAMA

MUSIC

ART

 

2015

Charlotte Mcouliffe 

To work with TAG musicians

TAG  -

MUSIC

 

In March 2015

Broadway Studios

Singing Performance

Year 5

MUSIC

 

Later this year

Osiligi Maasai Warrior Tour

Performance and Workshops

Whole School

MUSIC

DANCE

 

In recent past

Regularly

Attended Hindu Multi-Faith Event at Cathedral

Workshops on Drama at Stanground Academy

Visited The Curve Theatre Leic. and Milton Keynes Theatre

Steel Bands

Quantam

Theatre visited

Henry V111 visited

Kite Making Workshops

History Off The Page visited

Theatre Group performed

Fletton Flower Show

Music Festivals

Visit to Royal Opera House

Year 3 Violin Concerts

Morrocan Experience

Sang

Butterfly Lion

The Gruffalo

Performing and workshops

The Story that Wrote Itself and an Olympics theme

Role play, music and Dance

Castles Day

The Nutcracker

Participated in competition

The Choir participate

Ballet  -  Onegin

Performed at Voyager

Cultural – dress in traditional costumes/ artefacts/listen to music

KS1/2 Multi Faith Group

TAG KS2

Year 6

TAG KS1

Whole School

KS2

Year 4

Year 1

Year 2

Whole School

TAG  KS2

KS2 CHOIR

50 children from KS2

TAG  KS2

 

Connecting classrooms project over three years

Kenyan  and Sudanise Visitors  - Cultural – Dance, Art, Music and Drama

Pakistan outstanding schools visit to look at the Arts they were so impressed they offered to pay for flights to go and work with them in their schools to enhance the Arts in their curriculum design

Therefore all year groups can demonstrate they have worked with specialists in all areas of the Arts

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