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 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.
The inspiration behind our exhibition was ‘A King’s Ransom,’ the opera that some of our older children took part in, during February 2018. A King’s Ransom is a story set in a forest, at the time of the Robin Hood legend. This was a fabulous stimulus for arts based work.
We extended the theme out to the whole school, by holding an Artsweek, shortly afterwards. The children all took part in den building and created nature art outside, inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. They did a wide range of arts activities with fantastic results! Each class was also given a large canvas that they had to use to create a collaborative piece.
The exhibition was a great success and was visited by lots of our families. They all agreed it was wonderful to see work from Reception to Year 6 displayed together and that it was like an art gallery! The canvasses altogether, look stunning and will remain on the walls as a reminder of the event.
Our involvement in the 2018 GoGoHares project gave us the perfect link to our forest based Artsweek. Children from KS1 painted different coloured leaves and then decorated them with gold pens.
The leaves were stuck onto the Leveret (young hare) using the decoupage technique which created a shiny surface. The base is covered with Autumn leaves and the Hare itself is covered in Spring leaves. This was to represent the changing seasons in a forest. The GoGoHares Norwich Trail 2018, will start on 24th June – 8th September. Our school Leveret will be on display in:
GGC Gallery Space, Dining Terrace in INTU Chapelfield NR1 3SH
Please go and see it if you can!
The year 5s enjoyed a wonderful morning at The Norfolk Showground participating in The Big Sing. Other acts included Alexandra Burke and Clean Bandits. The children sang and danced their hearts out as the sun transported everyone into the festival spirit.
The Year 1 and 2 children went to The Playhouse to watch The Tiger Who Came to Tea adapted from the book by Judith Kerr.
Marilyn Brocklehurst brought her Book Fair to our school for two days in January. The children couldn’t be pulled away from the wonderful stories.