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Creative Arts at Southglade

New project for all- Elefriends

How are we all? Here is an new creative project for you all to get involved in. I would love it if you shared your work with me just send to my email address or your class teacher, with creative arts projects as email heading.

You can draw with hands or paper. This fits in wonderfully with our empathy week.


How exciting- somebody has cracked the code.....

First exciting Undiscovered Island project year 3 and 5

Year 3 and 5 exciting Lakeside project- Undiscovered  island


We have some really exciting news we have teamed up with Lakeside to start a new project, which can be done remotely at home. The work the children complete will be sent to a theatre company who hope to create a play with the children's ideas. Which they will go and watch perform next year, if we have enough participation. I have attached all the documents and work can be sent to me or your class teachers. I think it would be amazing for so many of you to get involved. we would love to take you to the theatre.

Amazing Scavenger art work from our pupils

Scavenger hunt art

This week get searching in your garden, or on your daily walk for fallen flowers, twigs, leaves.

See if you can make an insect, a butterfly 🦋 perhaps or go one step further and create a picture, see one we made a home together.

Scavenger art

Weekly creative challenge


This week we are making paper flowers you can make these out of any patterned paper.

Follow the link for instructions, I look forward to seeing some.

Paper flowers

Creative arts challenges

Hi everyone, I'm missing you all. While off I thought we could start doing some creative challenges. Last week I sent the big dance challenge, which I just about managed to complete with a lot of practice. Would love to teach you it when we go back.

I also sent a worry dolls challenge and below you can see a brilliant one which has been completed. I will send one each week. Please get involved if you would like.

Mrs Dowse


A marvellous worry doll

Dress Rehearsal


Despite being a few members down we performed at dress rehearsal to KS1 today and the children did brilliantly. Enthusiastic and helping each other out. Here is the link to the video.


We cant wait to perform it when we are all back together as a team. 

Year 4

Year 4 Creative arts


We worked in a small group today looking at ' colours of the wind,' and the beauty of the Earth. We created movement and worked together as a team to begin to perform a sequence, toward the end we explored how we could use ribbons in our performance.


Year 4 creative arts


The children wished to explore spirt, this was an idea given by a child who had recently been to se Frozen 2. We had used the song 'Into the unknown, ' in the warm up and the children were very enthusiastic about it. The child spoke how the elements like sky/Earth and water were liked together and the spirt element was the magical element. Therefore we started to put together some choreography for this song.

Year 4 creative arts


This week we have been exploring different techniques in dance and exploring what the children can do. We wrote poems entitled shine and began to work on our first song, circle of life, which is going to represent the sun rises over the Earth. We looked at stillness and synchronised steps.

The main think we looked at was working as a team to help with timing.

Year 4 Creative arts group


I am currently working with year 4 children. We began the block by discussing their topic 'up, up and away.' We came up with lots of ideas and started to explore things in the sky which shine, the sun the stars and then other things such as the sea. the children made a connection of the sky earth and water and wanted to base their performance around this. So we listened to different pieces of music and settled on different tracks which suited the piece and so happen all to be Disney.



Year 6 WW2 performance


Today, year 6 during Rememberance week got to perform their WW2 piece. Which was a mixture of drama and dance. Styles from the time such as swing where they improvised their own pieces. We also used contemporary music to show emotion of wanting to leave and how upsetting it is when members of the family during WW2 had to leave. Use of still images and mimes brought the piece alive and let the audience get involved with the piece.

It was a super performance and they brought lots of watchers to a few tears. Well done year 6.

WW2 performance

Art work at Lakeside


At the end of last year, year 4 now 5 had an artist visit to create some prints. These prints were based on things that could fly. They were turned into a huge print with other schools and next week this will be displayed at the Lakeside arts exhibition.

We were also asked to create some art work for a display board and the children who were involved in the printing this week created some new artwork based on things that could fly.

They used a watercolour wash and then pencil drew an insect followed by ink. As you can see from the pictures they came out beautifully.

The children have been invited along with parents to see the display of their work next week.

Watercolours and ink

Year 6 project


We are a couple of weeks in and really enjoying getting stuck into our new project, we have been creating dances and having drama sessions based around emotions.

In drama we have been creating still images and short silent pieces how the war effected families.

We have then been trying to potray these emotions through our dance.

We have just began to look at diferent styles of dance and having a lot of fun trying the style of swing.



Year 6 WW2

New term new projects

Last year finished with a bang with year 6 celebrating their time at Southglade, they performed dances, song and poems to such a high standard.

New year new year 6, we are about to start a new project with year 6, they soon will be learning all about WW2 and Evacuees, their current project is going to be based around this.

We are hoping to create a dance and drama piece around the family looking at how each person played a role and how emotionally it may of affected them.

Hopefully we may take this piece out to other schools. I am really excited to see what we can create.

Summer 2

We are buisly getting involved in lots of thing this half term. Year 6 are getting ready for leavers assembly and we are preparing some performances- with a whole year 6 performance. Year 5 dancers are finalising their dance to perform during judging at Southglade's got talent. (Not an act.)  Year 4 and 6 children have been helping with the yarn bombing and children have been buisly creating wonderful work on our Southglade tree.  I have more exciting projects in mind for the rest of this term so keep your eyes peeled.

Bestwood Cultural week

Next week is Bestwood cultural week. Our school is involved and we have been getting ready to decorate our fence- yarn bomb.

The children have been buisly creating pom pom after pom pom.

We have also created the Southglade tree which we hope to cover in pom poms.

Children shall be doing art during this week based around our tree. I look forward to posting some pictures from the different year groups next week. Here's a sneak peek at our tree- not complete yet. Lets just hope it survives the weather.

Year 6 Samba


Year six spent two afternoons creating a samba dance and then performing to each other they did a fantastic job. They learned some samba moves and then put it together to create a dance. It was lots of fun and they showed so much energy and enthusiam. See link.

Year 1 country collages


Year 1 have been creating countryside collages with different material. They worked in pairs and created some super pictures.

Countryside collages

Bestwood arts festival


A group of year 4's have started weaving ready to decorate the front of the school for arts week.


Year 1 Creative arts assembly


On Tuesday 2nd April the year 1's performed to KS1 and parents. They showed their art work and hats. They they recited some of the poems they had learnt from the book, 'Commotion in the Ocean.'

They then performed a dance and some of the children showed there amazing gymnastic skills. They all did so well and were so brave. We are all very proud of them.

See clips of the dance.

Year 3 Iron man art


I have been working with the year 3's who are currently reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

As part of their art work they have been drawing and creating pictures of the iron man. We have been using Charcoal as a medium which is very messy but fun and the children produced some brilliant results.

Under the sea assembly


Next week the year 1 creative art pupils will be performing in assembly to their parents. We are all very excited and looking forward to sharing what we have done in this time.



Future projects


We are looking forward to taking part in Bestwood culture festival and an art exhibition during the summer term. I have lots of ideas for new projects I look forward to getting started on these, with the children during spring and summer term..

World book day

For world book day we ran 3 different workshops across the phase groups. The workshop focused on drama. Year 1/2 look at the books of Julia Donaldson, focusing on.' The Gruffalo.' and new adjectives. They created new chants which they performed to the group.


But who is this creature with sharp claws
And dirty teeth in his pointy jaws?
He has wobbly knees, and dusty toes,
And a dirty wart at the end of his nose.
His eyes are googly, his tongue is yucky ,
He has soft prickles all over his back.


Year 3/4 looked at Roald Dahl. They focused on, 'George's Marvellous Medicine.'

We looked at the characterisation of Grandma and George and created small scenes which they performed- Wow there were some amazing performances.


Year 5/6 looked at books by David Walliams, focusing on, The w

Worlds Worst Children. We looked at the worst behaved class and the worst people to meet using improvisation. Then in groups we created a new 'World's worst child,' and the other children had to guess what characteristic the child had.

The children and myself had a highly enjoyable day and was great to see so many children at ease and confidently putting themselves forward to share ideas and perform.


World book day workshops

Year 1 creative arts


I have just started a new project with 20 amazing year 1's. The topic is based on their class learning- Under the sea. We are using their class book as an inspiration, 'Commotion in the ocean.' So far we have created a porthole of what we might see under the sea.

We are currently working on a dance and can't wait to see the results when we put it all together and perform for assembly.

Under the sea- art work

Looking and designing under the sea pictures

Year 6 dancers


We were very lucky to take part in a dance showcase at Ellis Guilford. Year 6 dancing group decided they would like to re - dance, "This is me," from The Greatest Showman- such an empowering song.

We had a couple of rehearsals and added some new parts to the dance. The children performed brilliantly on the evening. Please look at the video resource centre to see their dance.

Art workshops for year 5's


During the last week of term I worked with each year 5 class creating their own mini space master piece. We had a super afternoon and we looked closely at how we could improve our work using peer and teacher critique. The children acted on this advice and created their space art. See Year 5 blog Spring 1. (See below)

Space art

Year 5 Art compositions- space

The childrens final project was to create their own composition with the skills they had learnt. They all did a marvellous job and created some amazing pieces of art. To these they added their portrait which they turned into an astronaut looking out into space.

These are now on display in the classrooms and hall.

Creative arts- Year 5


A group of children from year 5 are currently working on an art project. Their focus is Space which links with their topic this term.

The children have been exploring light and dark and use of oil pastels. We have been looking at how to make pictures look 3D how to create texture and depth to a picture.

The children are currently creating a composition using the new skills they have been taught.

They will then be teaching their year group and creating huge pieces of art work. Their role will be to teach their peers what they have learnt. I look forward to posting pictures of this.

Creative Arts at Southglade


Contemporary Dance


Mrs Dowse has been working with the year 6 creative arts group over the last half term. Their focus has been on contemporary dance- this is a style which is a mixture of ballet and modern dance using pieces of music to tell the background story.


The piece focused on anti-bullying and was performed during anti-bullying week- not only to their own school but to Parkvale School and to Robin Hood School.


The children took part in weekly dance sessions where they created the contemporary dance alongside Mrs Dowse.