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 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own Awful Auntie!
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Yesterday, 92 children walked to the Theatre Royal to see a rather brilliant production of the David Walliams’ book Awful Auntie. It exceeded expectations. The set was stunning, the 4 actors were fantastic and our seats were very good indeed. Every child behaved exceptionally well and were a credit to our school. Thank you to the parents who attended. If your child did not go yesterday, see if tickets are available tonight. It will be well worth the money.
On Tuesday afternoon, with the sun shining on us, Year 2 walked to the Theatre Royal to watch the Music for Youth Primary Proms! We saw four different groups of musicians. First we saw a choir who sang three songs. Their voices all had different parts and we really enjoyed watching them sing. Then we listened to a large string ensemble play some pieces of music. One of the songs was by Ed Sheeran! We joined in with some clapping and speaking during one of the pieces of music. Next, we watched some Year 5 children play ukuleles and drums made from small bins! We joined in with actions to one of the songs. Finally, we watched the woodwind and brass instruments play different pieces- one was some music from Doctor Who! We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in a theatre and watching live music. Afterwards, we walked back in the sunshine and got back to school just in time to go home!
5W took to the stage once more at The Norwich School’s outdoor stage, for the day on sunny Sunday 8th July. They performed a selection of pieces from the Opera as part of the YNA Festival. Every member was outstanding and many now love opera so much they are participating in the summer school.