Great emphasis is placed on the arts and whenever possible art and design, dance, drama and music are used to support the learning taking place. Opportunities are provided both through the school day, and during after school clubs and activities. We have developed enrichment days called 'One Day Wonders' (please see the link below for more details about these) during which the whole school look at a theme or event and celebrate through creative teaching styles. The work is then showcased in a display or during assembly so as to promote and celebrate achievements. Staff place a high emphasis on creating an attractive, colourful and motivational working environment which is evident on walking around our school. Every opportunity is taken to celebrate achievements in the arts.
We are involved in several projects across school which provide opportunities for artists and musicians to come into school and not only work with the children, but also pass on their knowledge and expertise to the staff. Residentials and visits have become regular events in school and enhance the children’s learning and experiences. We have a strong student council who meet regularly and are part of the decision making process when it comes to enrichment opportunities in school.
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY LEAD ASSOCIATE SCHOOL
During the academic year 2017-18 we were awarded the prestigious accolade of being an RSC Lead Associate School. This award followed a 2 year journey with the RSC during which Old Basford School alongside the other schools in the Primary 6 Partnership (P6P) worked together on providing the children in not only learning about the plays of Shakespeare, but also performing in some of his plays (see images and information below). This is a massive honour which seals the partnership of our school, with the P6P and Nottingham Theatre Royal. Most importantly, it signifies our commitment to keeping the words of Shakespeare alive in the 21st Century and creating a love of his work early in children’s lives. By concentrating on one play per year we are dedicated to introducing the children to challenging themes and tricky words and phrases, which enrich their own language and have subsequent benefits in their achievements in Literacy. Interestingly, we have found that the children have not been phased at all and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.
RSC AT OBS 2019
During the week of 1st -5th April Old Basford had a whole school theme of 'Romeo and Juliet'. During the week the children took part in lots of drama activities influenced by the rehearsal room techniques that are used by the RSC themselves. These activities really helped the children to understand the play, the characters and the dialogue. The children looked at the themes of friendship, love, grudge and hate. You can see from the photographs below how much the children loved acting out the scenes and we certainly saw some aspiring actors! As well as drama, there were other cross curricular activities going on, for example the children created Romeo and Juliet themed art work, writing and used IT. Even our very youngest children in the nursery experienced the story at their level, understanding that it is about two families that do not get along. They had a dress up day and had their own masquerade ball!
We were fortunate to work alongside an RSC associate artist, musician and dramatist. Three year groups were fortunate to have a day which each of the artists and gain from their expertise. The musician, Liam Maloy worked with the classes in F2 and taught them songs that he had specially written and got them dance along and accompany him with percussion instruments. Liam's songs are very catchy and the children quickly picked up the lyrics and could join in. They loved it! Jane Stockley, the artist, worked with the Year 2 children to create masks for the Capulet masquerade ball, which they did, in fact, wear later in the week when they re-enacted the scene. As you will see from the photographs the masks were made from paper, paper plates and some very clever cutting and folding techniques. They looked fantastic! The Year 5 children were fortunate to work Martha Toogood who worked on the children's drama techniques. The classes then used the scenes to perform in their parent achievement assembly.
The week ended with a celebratory assembly when each year group shared some of their highlights. It really was a fantastic week! As we say at OBS "OPPORTUNITIES BRING SUCCESS"!
RSC AT OBS 2018
Twenty Year 4 children had the amazing experience of performing at the Theatre Royal in a production of Macbeth with eight other Nottingham schools. OBS performed the final part of the play. They all had 1 or 2 lines to say and all ‘danced’ in a fight scene which was to an original song that they had previously created in school with the musician Liam Maloy.
OLD BASFORD SCHOOL IS JOINING THE REST OF THE COUNTRY IN CELEBRATING THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF SHAKESPEARE'S DEATH. ONE AMAZING PROJECT THAT WE ARE FORTUNATE TO BE INVOLVED IN WITH OUR PARTNER P6P SCHOOLS, IS 'DREAM 16'. FIVE YEAR 5 CHILDREN WERE SPECIALLY SELECTED TO ACT IN A ROYAL SHAKESPEARE PRODUCTION OF 'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM' AT NOTTINGHAM'S THEATRE ROYAL. IN MAY THE CHILDREN PLAYED THE PARTS OF SOME OF TITANIA'S FAIRIES ALONGSIDE 5 OTHER CHILDREN FROM ROSSLYN PARK. THE OTHER CHARACTERS WERE PLAYED BY PROFESSIONAL RSC ACTORS AND AN AMATEUR GROUP FROM HUCKNALL TOOK THE PARTS OF THE MECHANICALS. FIFI, ELLA, COURTNEY, CONNOR AND THOMAS WERE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. THE SHOW WAS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS AND THE CHILDREN WERE STARS! IT HAS REALLY WHET THEIR APPETITES FOR FURTHER DRAMA ROLES.
WE WERE FORTUNATE TO TAKE OUR YEAR 5 AND 6 PUPILS ALONG TO A MATINEE PERFORMANCE OF THE PLAY ALONSIDE THE OTHER P6P SCHOOLS. THE RSC ACTORS SAID THAT THIS WAS A TRULY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR THEM AS THEY HAD NEVER PERFORMED TO SO MANY CHILDREN BEFORE. IT WAS A TRULY SPECIAL AFTERNOON AND HOPEFULLY HAS CREATED A NEW GENERATION OF SHAKESPEARE FANS.
HERE ARE A FEW PHOTOGRAPHS OF OUR REHEARSALS.