Arts & Entertainment Clubs
We value creativity at St Michael’s. Our Arts & Entertainment Clubs aim to inspire a love of art and to enable our children to express themselves and develop creative thinking skills.
Our chess club is suitable both for beginners and those who can already play. Children play against each other and learn different tactics, developing strategies to improve their game.
Chess develops a number of important skills such as pattern recognition and memory, decision making, analytical ability, imagination and self-discipline, all of which can naturally help children in their learning.
Choir is open for children from Years 3 to 6. The choir is a fun and engaging club and the children really develop a sense of community as they sing together.
Children take part in internal and external choir concerts, as well as singing at St. Michael’s church as part of our Christmas and Easter services.
We have several dance clubs at St Michaels, where children learn to put together shapes, actions, movements and sequences to music – individually, in partners and in groups.
Children learn a variety of dance routines to recent and historic popular tunes and even teach some of their own ideas as confidence grows.
Each term offers the opportunity for children to perform in front of friends and family. Our older dancers enter a competition group dance with other schools every year, where we have had great success. Most of all, it’s fun!
This early-years drama club is a unique blend of interactive storytelling and dramatic play designed to build self-confidence, encourage self-expression and nurture a love of language and story.
Each week, original interactive stories transport children to an imaginary world where they can develop their creativity by becoming the characters, sounds and scenery of the tales.
Drawing Club provides a fun, proactive environment for children to develop their love of drawing. Each session has a different technical focus – from understanding negative space, cutting as drawing, using view finders to drawing games.
The children explore a range of media such as: coloured chalks, pastels, inks and using rubbers to draw in charcoal. Using the same initial stimulus and teaching point, they are encouraged to be creative and give their own individual responses.
In Film Club, children are exposed to a vibrant mix of vintage hits, international classics, blockbusters, and art films as a way of exploring different cultures and characters. Through watching and writing about the films, children sharpen their critical skills and further develop their emotive writing skills.
Films are usually a U or PG certificate, although a 12 may be shown occasionally if the content is considered appropriate. Parents are asked to complete a form of consent before each film.
In this popular club, children play a variety of expressive drama games, learn rhymes, improvise and devise short sketches and generally have a lot of fun. In the summer term, children can choose to concentrate on learning pieces for the LAMDA speech and communication exam.
St Michael’s is an extremely musical school and the orchestra provides an opportunity for all instrumentalists at around grade 1 and above to be involved in playing as part of an ensemble.
Every year we play a range of classical and contemporary pieces that challenge and inspire the children and help promote a love of performing. There are also opportunities each year for more advanced players to take on leadership and mentoring roles within the orchestra and develop advanced skills through more demanding music.
The orchestra gives three formal concerts each year, and some players give informal recitals during assemblies.
Children can learn hand stitching, embroidery and application techniques to create items which are useful in children’s (and parents!) daily lives. Recent projects include making bags, cushions and pencil cases.
Children have a lot of fun being creative with their projects, while developing a useful life skill.