As part of our broad and balanced curriculum, the school has been involved with a series of projects to broaden the children’s experience of creative arts.We are an Arts Mark school and support our children in achieving an Arts Mark accreditation, awarded by the Arts Council, for their participation in a range of art and cultural experiences.
Last academic year, we completed our three year Artist in Residence project. The project was funded by the Arts Council and involved three schools Each term our Artist (Pat Southern-Pearce) was based in one of the three schools. During each term, the children throughout the host school observed Pat working. Children worked with Pat to produce collaborative pieces of work. A group of gifted and talented art Stars from each school were selected each term to work together and attend additional workshops. Children from across the school attended an after school art club run by Pat. Themes were selected for each term and included layout, inspiration from music, gardens and flowers, nature and trees, sketch books, watercolours and pattern making to music. Several exhibitions were held at the end of each term and a final exhibition to celebrate the three year project was held at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.
In 2016/17 we began work with a different Artist in Residence working with Super Slow Way and The Arts Council. We are pleased to be working with Marina Moreno, an artist originally from Venice, who has exhibited work both nationally and internationally. Her work in school has focussed on many aspects of creative art development including drawing, movement, dance and drama and film installation. She has worked with parents, children and staff to celebrate culture and diversity through creative story writing. The project will end with a performance at the end of the academic year.
We are fortunate enough to have Paul Simpson, a professional actor, who visits the school to teach Public speaking to different year groups throughout the year. Paul helps our pupils to develop their performance skills through the delivery of poetry lessons with a focus on British Values. Through this work, our pupils gain access to Public Speaking competitions and debating clubs.
Over the last few years, the school has worked with the North West Drama Services to participate in the Children’s Shakespeare Festival and our children have performed at the Lowry Theatre, Manchester.
At St Silas our children have many opportunities to be involved in musical activities. The Music Express Scheme is followed in class and this covers the requirements of the national curriculum. Some challenges in the creative area are musical and year five have whole class instrument tuition. In addition to this, children learn new songs and sing together in key stage assemblies. Our children have many opportunites to perform for a range of audiences.
Great news! For September 2016, we have bought into the Music Express Website. This will help make our music curriculum even more exciting.
The choir joined forces with other local schools for a carol concert in the park. They performed a variety of a cappella Christmas songs and carols which really kicked started the festive spirit. Well done everyone.
Children of St Silas graced the stage once again this week as part of the Super Slow Way celebration of the bicentenary of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
St Silas’ choir were thrilled to be invited to perform at the Blackburn University Centre graduation ceremony on the 13th October. They put lots of effort into learning their song by heart and overcame nerves to perform to the graduates and their families.
Learning to play the Dholak
Learning to play the guitar
Whole School Art Exhibition
At St Silas, we aim to provide our children with a wide of range of experiences before they leave our school in order to develop the whole child. We have a set of St Silas Promises which is a list of experiences that we are committed to giving every child before they leave our school to enable us to raise children’s aspirations and develop confidence alongside a love of learning. One of our promises is to give children the opportunity to exhibit a piece of art work in an art exhibition. This academic year, we worked with a private company and every child produced their very own masterpiece that was framed and exhibited in our whole school art exhibition.