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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.


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!

Ukulele

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