Arts and Music
We are proud of our achievement in bringing Arts and Music into the heart of Norley School. We believe that experience of and participation in the arts play a vital part in the children’s development. We work with a range of professional artists, the community and our partner schools in our local Educational Improvement Partnership to develop the breadth and range of experiences across the arts. Our commitment has been recognised with the award of an Artsmark ‘Silver’ from the Arts Council.
Links with the community
Our Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to develop skills and produce work to a high quality, often linked to partnership projects with the community. Examples have included: working on the Lady Mara Giant Head that was paraded through Chester in the Festival of Giants and displayed at the Garden Show; crafting village scarecrows; and producing the tiles for the entrance to the Norley Village Hall.
Our partnership with the church is an integral part of the school. Children across the school take part in special services throughout the year and this provides an opportunity to share reflective readings, sing, play instruments and dramatise events. Being in church is a very special experience. The children also join with other schools to attend a bi-annual Pilgrimage to Chester Cathedral. We take part in joint events with the two schools in the Parish, Kingsley St John's and Crowton.
The school makes music lessons available through the Music for Life organisation and via private tutors. Currently, children are learning to play a diverse range of instruments with woodwind, violin, guitar and piano all represented. A highlight for children (and parents) is the opportunity to showcase their skills at our annual summer concert. We have had an ocarina afterschool club and a school choir who perform at school and community events. They have sung with Ashton Sings Choir and the Highfield Male Voice Choir.
We add to the diversity of the children's arts experience by inviting many different artists and groups into school. This creates a wide and varied cultural experience and involves children directly in the arts. Examples have included producing large scale artwork for our front entrance and creating a willow withy tunnel in the school grounds. We have also held special events linked to world book day, for example, a poetry experience with local poet and author, Paul Delaney. To enrich our Vikings topic, we welcomed local author, Rachel Lindsay, to the school.We regularly invite local authors and illustrators to work with every child in the school. As part of our focus on wellbeing we have worked with local artist Ian Fennelly. Ian creates a calm and relaxing atmosphere where every child can feel success and produce high quality artwork to be proud of.
The major event, which brings together all the year’s experiences in arts and music and demonstrates the school’s inclusive and supportive ethos, is the annual Christmas production. Past productions have been rich and varied and have included those with a Christian theme. Every single pupil is directly involved in these productions with Year 6 children playing leading roles in narration and acting. This makes for unforgettable and enjoyable experiences for everyone with ‘standing room’ only performances in front of family and friends in the run up to Christmas. In 2017, we performed "The Special Present" which was thoroughly enjoyed by children, parents and staff.