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 in class 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. The Chamber Choir performed at Westminster Abbey as part of the 175th anniversary of Westminster University and at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court.
The school band is run by the Headteacher, 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 and some is especially arranged by Mr York for major school occasions such as the Carol Concert and the Spring Instrumental Concert.
Children can learn many musical instruments at school with our excellent team of peripatetic staff. The instruments available are: clarinet, drum kit, flute, guitar (acoustic and electric), oboe, piano, recorder, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, ukelele and violin. Anyone wanting to play an instrument should contact the school office to arrange a try-out session. We have a PTA-funded instrument library so that children can see if they may enjoy an instrument before hiring or buying one. In addition, ClariClub is open to children playing the clarinet and we run three Drum Clubs, djembe drumming in a group, for children in Kindergarten upwards.
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 shows are at the end of the spring term and 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 PSHEE. The lessons support their understanding of these areas of learning, as well as 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 (ESB). 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.
In November 2017 we were absolutely delighted to watch as our Head Boy (2016-17), Sacha, was presented with his Young Speaker of the Year award by the ESB. You can only imagine our excitement when in November 2018 our subsequent Head Boy, Sebastian, was given the same award. Also that year the ESB awarded thirteen Highly Commended certificates nationally and Broomfield students took five of these. So you can see that drama and public speaking are skills our pupils enjoy and excel at.
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, practice 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. In October 2018 a kaleidescope collage by our Year 6 children received a highly commended in the ISA art competition.
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.