Broomfield is renowned for the quality and variety of its Arts education. All children are encouraged to take up an instrument, sing and take part in our many concerts and plays.
All the pupils have singing lessons with our specialist music teacher, Mrs Cordelia Bou. We run a Chamber Choir by audition for children in years 4-6 who have mastered singing in parts and wish to extend their singing. Recently the Chamber Choir was invited to perform at Westminster Abbey as part of the 175th anniversary of Westminster University. Our older children sing in our regular opera collaboration with the professional Garden Opera company, at St Anne’s Church, Kew Green.
The school band is run by the Head Teacher, Mr York and Mrs Bou. Pupils are normally welcome to play once they are in Year 2. The orchestra performs a wide variety of fun music, especially arranged by Mr York for major school occasions such as the Carol Concert, School fair and Spring Instrumental Concert.
Children can learn many musical instruments at school with our excellent team of peripatetic staff. The instruments available are: piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, guitar (acoustic and electric), drum kit and drum club (djembe drumming in a group). Anyone wanting to play an instrument just needs to contact the school office for us to arrange a try-out session with one of our music teachers.
Broomfield pupils are encouraged to perform on stage from an early age. We believe this helps to develop confidence, team building skills and lays the foundation for a life-long enjoyment of the Arts.
The school produces seven musical theatre productions a year which involve all the children, and are directed by our drama specialist, Miss Bowers. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes perform Christmas plays, our Years 3 and 4 stage Spring shows - Year 4 in French, and our Years 5 and 6 lead our major Summer production supported by Year 4. Previous Summer shows have included such favourites as Oliver, Joseph, The Wind in the Willows, Oklahoma, and occasionally a bit of Shakespeare such as A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In addition, all the children receive drama lessons throughout the year, which are generally linked to other areas of the curriculum such as literacy, humanities or PSHE. The lessons support their understanding of these areas of learning, in addition to developing their confidence, creativity and their ability to work considerately with each other. For Early Years and Key Stage 1, lessons in the Spring term are undertaken in small groups, to give the children lots of opportunity to express themselves and develop their individual voice. In the Summer term, these children also present workshops to their parents showing some of the activities and ideas they have been developing in their drama lessons.
In Key Stage 2, many children opt to take our additional Speech and Drama Lessons. These are also undertaken in small groups and introduce the children to public speaking, poetry learnt by heart and reading well aloud. These skills are assessed annually with examinations from the English Speaking Board. Most of the children choose to do these exams and find the challenge very stimulating. Towards the top of the school, the children are also introduced to improvisation and story-making techniques and enjoy creating many short plays of their own during Speech and Drama sessions. All of these activities contribute to building their confidence and imagination.
Art is an important part of our school life. Various displays throughout the school give an insight into the children's artistic activities at Broomfield. During weekly art lessons the children have the opportunity to explore a variety of art techniques, practise skills and develop their imagination. In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 art classes are generally taught by our team of class teachers. In Key Stage 2 the art lessons are led by our specialist art teacher, Mrs Claudia Frey. As part of the curriculum Mrs Frey organises clay projects for all classes each year which are then fired in the school's own kiln, kindly donated by our PTA. The 2010 Ofsted report particularly praised the quality of art work on display, and our children regularly win art prizes in the Richmond May Fair.
We have three after school optional art clubs also run by Mrs Frey, as well as one lunchtime art club. These enable children throughout the school to work on more elaborate art projects and develop their creativity even further.