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.
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.
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.
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.
Combining the Aerts 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.
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
- Anchor in the Storm
- Pop Swagger
- Medley; Walking on Sunshine/Don't worry be happy/Twist and Shout
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
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
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
Please bring your form to the first session