Scroll to the bottom of this page to see photos and videos from our performances and exhibitions, and for song lyrics to help prepare for future performances.
Christmas will, as always, be jam packed full of Arts experiences. Some of these will be:
- EYFS and Key Stage 1 will perform our annual nativity. Parents of children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 will receive a letter about tickets details.
- 30 children in Year 5&6 will take part in the annual RBKC Christmas Festival, held at Kensington Town Hall on Friday 13th December 2019. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see our video diary from 2016’s festival. Each child taking part will receive a ticket for one family member or friend to watch the festival.
- Our annual Carol service takes place on the last day of term. Everybody is invited to celebrate Christmas with the whole school at St Mary’s Church at 10am.
- The children will be designing their own Christmas artwork which will be available to buy as cards, mugs, tea towels etc. We will work with Class Fundraising as we did last year to bring you high quality products in good time!
- The children will also enjoy a festival performance by The Globe Players towards the end of term.
Audio files for the RBKC Christmas Festival can be heard at the bottom of this page.
Our five fantastic instrumental teachers are in even greater demand than ever and this year will deliver lessons in flute, piano, drum kit, violin, and guitar, to 79 children in Years 1-6.
There are a few spaces left for drum kit lessons. There is a waiting list for all the other instruments. If you would like to enquire about instrumental lessons, or be added to the waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that spaces to begin lessons usually only arise in September.
Our talented teachers are also professional performing musicians. They are: (click on their name for their own website)
Emma Purslow, violin
Johan Lofving, guitar
Nick Smalley, drum kit
Ruth Corney, piano
Yu-Wei Hu, flute and piano
A copy of the Terms and Conditions for our instrumental lessons can be found here: Instrumental Lesson Terms and Conditions
ABRSM Classical 100
We were asked to pilot a new resource created by the ABRSM (the Associated Board of the Royal School’s of Music – also known as the instrumental exam board!). Classical 100 has been created to introduce and explore classical music in the classroom. It features 100 pieces of classical music, chosen across a range of styles, genres, and centuries. Each piece has a challenge for students to complete, often based on composition.
St Joseph’s was recommended by the Tri-Borough Music Hub as a great school for the ABRSM to work with to trial their new resource and to film it being used. Years 1 and 4 took part in a special day of Music lessons which were photographed and filmed and feature in the promotional material shared by the ABRSM.
You can view the video here: Classical 100 video
About The Arts
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 (currently on Maternity leave) 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 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.
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, 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
Resources for Future Performances
RBKC Christmas Festival
The Kings audio:
Christmastime Medley audio:
In The Bleak Midwinter audio:
The Christmas Tree Song audio:
The First Nowell audio:
We Wish You A Merry Christmas audio:
Videos of Past Performances and Artwork Exhibitions
(click on the title to view the video)
With thanks to Mr Matic for the video footage of the Summer Concert
Tri-Borough Music Hub http://www.triboroughmusichub.org