The Arts are an important part of life at St Joseph’s.
All children from Nursery to Year 6 enjoy spending time each week immersed in Music, Art, and Drama, and take part in concerts, productions and other performances throughout the year.
Our Leader of the Arts is Mrs Wiles who is also our Music Specialist Teacher.
All classes have weekly Music lessons with Mrs Wiles in addition to weekly hymn practices. In class Music lessons children will learn vocal and instrumental skills, develop their musical vocabulary and ability to read music, use their analytical skills whilst taking part in focused listening activities, and create their own compositions. Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 work with a variety of tuned and untuned percussion. Children in Year 3 learn to play the recorder, Year 5 the ukulele and Year 6 samba drums. Year 4 work with a variety of tuned and untuned percussion and other instruments.
In addition to whole class lessons, we offer 1 to 1 instrumental lessons with our experienced and talented team of instrumental teachers. These very popular lessons take place during the school day. We offer lessons on piano, drum kit, flute, violin and guitar. Children taking lessons perform to an audience of peers and parents at the end of each term. There is also a school orchestra which children who learn violin, flute or guitar are invited to join when their teacher considers them ready.
In addition to the orchestra, there are two school choirs who rehearse throughout the year. There are also three smaller choirs; in the Autumn term a group of Year 5 & 6 children take part in the RBKC Carol Service, in the Spring term a group of Year 1 & 2 children perform in the Tri-Borough Hub’s Infant Voices festival, and in the Summer term a group of Year 4 & 5 children perform in a concert with The Bach Choir, the culmination of a year long project.
Annual large scale performances include the EYFS and Key Stage 1 Nativity, our Carol service, a whole school Summer Concert, and the Year 6 Leavers Musical. Other performances regularly take place such as the termly instrumental concerts, Bach Choir outreach project, carol singing at Peter Jones, singing and playing to the Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital, and many more besides.
We work closely with the Tri-Borough Music Hub and make the most of the opportunities they provide. We attend performances at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal College of Music and have visitors in to school as well.
Pupils are given the opportunity to develop the skills of observation and perception and to use a variety of media and techniques in Art and Design and Technology. Pupils practise and develop their artistic skills and abilities in art lessons and other areas of the curriculum. They are introduced to a wide range of artistic materials, tools and techniques.
Pupils have the chance to study the work of great classic and contemporary artists and to try out the various techniques they have learned about.
Design and Technology is taught through activities that are intended to teach pupils to apply and improve skills required to solve practical problems. We use off-site visits and visitors to the school to further enrich our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of their class topic.
We have a lot of success when entering children’s art work for competitions and regularly have artwork published in calendars, exhibited in galleries and in the windows of Peter Jones.
Drama is taught by class teachers and is woven through the curriculum, not least through Literacy initiatives such as ‘Readers’ Theatre’ and ‘The Power of Reading’.
Classes give termly assemblies to the whole school and parents meaning that every child has an opportunity to deliver a few lines on their own to a large audience throughout their school life.
Year 2 take the lead in our much enjoyed annual EYFS and Key Stage 1 Nativity performances, acting out the story of the birth of Jesus through drama and song. Likewise, Year 5 perform a moving Stations of the Cross at the end of each Spring term. The end of the Summer term sees Year 6s turn to put on a musical to the school and parents.
Parents may obtain more information from the following sources:
- Parents’ ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings at the beginning of the academic year
- Class Termly Newsletters and School Weekly Newsletters
- Speaking to Mrs Wiles and keeping an eye on this page
More Arts information on our website:
Bach Choir Project 2017-18
Tri-Borough Music Hub http://www.triboroughmusichub.org
The Bach Choir http://www.thebachchoir.org.uk