The Arts at St Francis

The Arts have always played a prominent role in our school and we actively promote children’s exposure to, and participation in, a wide range of Art forms, and hold regular ‘Arts Weeks’. We believe that every child’s life should be touched by great art, and that their education in these subjects should be inclusive, diverse and fun. We aim to embed access to opportunities and knowledge of arts and culture through our curriculum provision and the enrichment activities we offer. In addition, we have a wide range of dedicated Arts spaces within the school, such as the DT, Cookery and Music rooms, a large stage with a lighting and sound system and the Studio which was specifically designed for dance activities.

The value we place on the Arts can be seen throughout the school; visitors always comment on the high standard of the vibrant work on display, such as our large canvases which were created by all the children in response to the school’s collaboration with the ‘Into Opera’ – ‘A King’s Ransom’ project. Copies of children’s art are sometimes offered for sale in order to raise funds for ongoing Arts projects.

A well as making Arts education a main focus of our curriculum design and development, as a school we are currently working towards achieving Artsmark status. We continue to be part of the annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival Open Studios event, where our pupils’ artwork is exhibited, and we are also proud to be the only primary school in the Norwich 2040 Local Cultural Education Partnership, working to develop collaborative partnerships for schools with culture and education providers in the city, such as the National Centre for Writing and the Theatre Royal.


 

Singing Workshop

On Monday 25th April, students from Norwich School came back to do a second Singing Workshop with Year 2. We learned more new songs and had lots of fun. We had to face each other and ‘throw and catch’ our singing like a ball! We sang in rounds and even learned a song about a volcano in Mexico! We thought that was funny because we have been learning all about Mexico and volcanoes this term in school.


St Francis of Assisi Choir singing ‘When I grow up’ from Matilda


Norfolk County Music Festival

The KS2 choir walked to St Andrew’s Hall on Thursday 14th March  and performed in the Norfolk County Music Festival.  It was our first performance there and Mrs Furness’s first ever attempt at conducting a choir!   We could not have been prouder of the children. They sang When I Grow Up from the musical Matilda by Tim Minchin and Viva La Vida by Coldplay. They enjoyed performing and listening to other choirs and received a Commended Plus Award.

 


Martinu String Quartet

On Tuesday 27th November, we were incredibly fortunate to have this quartet visit our year 5 children on Monday. These four musicians from Czech Republic offered to play to us free of charge as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music outreach programme. Their music was exquisite and the Year 5 audience were praised for their attention and interest.  We felt privileged.


The Snail and the Whale

On Thursday 5th December,  Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 had a wonderful time watching Julia Donaldson’s “The Snail and the Whale” at The Playhouse. The children loved the audience participation; with the catchy songs, slapstick humour and great storytelling. “I loved it when the girl hid under my coat” – Maria (RK) “It was so funny when the Dad squirted us with water. He thought we were the whale!” – Michael (RL) “I liked all of it! I’m going to miss it” – Mattei (RK) “I liked singing the songs” – Chloe (RL)


The Frog and the Princess – Norwich Puppet Theatre

On Tuesday December 11th, all the children saw the hour-long production of this story. It was a wonderful production and entranced many of us.


World Book Day 2019

On World Book Day 2019 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Horrible Histories Books.

Can you spot any Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors, Vile Victorians, Vicious Vikings, Smashing Saxons, Groovy Greeks, Awful Eqyptians, Cut-throat Celts and many, many more?

Everyone looked fantastic and brought these wonderful non-fiction books to life.  Thank you.


Young Voices – O2 Arena London – January 2019

On Tuesday, 47 children and many adult helpers drove to the O2 to participate in the biggest School Choir concert in the World!    It was a very long day and they rehearsed all afternoon with the other 8,000 plus children and performed between 7 and 9.15 pm.   Every single child was perfect.    The adults even got the treat of hearing Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet sing ‘True’ and ‘Gold’  so were flipped back in time.  I hope the children all had a great time.  Next week we are starting rehearsals for CASMA!   It’s never a dull day being a member of the St Francis of Assisi Choir.


4M Dance Show at The Open – January 2019

On Wednesday 30th January, 4M took part in the annual dance show held at The Open. The theme was ‘Once Upon A Time…’ and our dance track was ‘Could It Be Magic’. The class have been rehearsing once a week since October and finally being able to perform on stage with the lights, smoke machine and top volume music was fantastic! Miss Mc Dade would also like to congratulate the class on their exemplary behaviour – they did the school and themselves proud.

Well done 4M and yes, it certainly WAS magical!