Music and Performing Arts

Music and Performing Arts.

An ability to make music and to understand and appreciate its variety can unlock creative potential in all children. It helps them develop important skills which enrich other subjects.

At St Francis, children are able to enjoy more than an hour a week of music-making, alongside time for listening, appreciating and reflecting.

From Reception to Year 6, class sessions include singing, composing, performing and responding to music at all levels. We have a wide range of musical instruments in school and enjoy visits from professional musicians, performing work of a variety of styles and cultures.

Children gather in Key Stages and as a school to sing together every week; this includes both contemporary and sacred singing. St Francis has its own choir, formed by children in Key Stage Two, who perform at local festivals and as part of church services.

For those children who enjoy taking performance to the next level, we prepare them for the Ventnor Music for Fun Festival and the Isle of Wight Speech and Music Festival.

After school, the opportunity to enjoy music continues; the Island Music Service provides lessons in Drumming, Brass, String, and Woodwind instruments and these continue to be very popular. 

We run Music clubs; African Drumming and Steel Pans are current favourites and Key Stage Two children can join the Performing Arts Club, rehearsing for the school’s annual musical. This year’s cast is already enjoying performing the songs in ‘Bugsy Malone’ and looking forward to making an impact in the Summer term.