Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
Music is a real strength of the school. Children enjoy singing, composing and listening to a wide range of music. We place a strong emphasis on practical music making from Foundation all the way up to Year 6. Many opportunities for performing are provided throughout the year. E.g.: Christmas concerts, assemblies, church services and singing festivals.
We aim to give the children unique musical experiences. They have the opportunity to perform alongside children from other schools and experience working with professional or visiting musicians. Mrs. S. Groves, a specialist in World Percussion music offers experiences including; Samba, Taiko and Djembe.
We are unique in that every child in Year 4 learns to play the viola for one year with Mrs. Brady, as part of the Government’s Wider Opportunities Scheme. The children are encouraged to continue their lessons and currently we have 70 viola players in Key Stage 2!
Extra curricular music includes; a school choir, a drum club, string groups and also visiting peripatetic teachers who offer a wide range of instruments for the children to learn.
Music in the community is also important and embraced at Stanford School. The choir, individual classes and instrumental players regularly perform for various community groups in Laceby and its surrounding areas.
We are very proud to have become members of Music Mark. Music Mark is the national subject association for music education.
Music Mark believes in the fundamental right of a first-class music education for all children and young people, in and out of their schools. As a subject association and membership organisation we:
We became a member because it has Stanford
Lincolnshire Music Service is an active member of Music Mark and we are delighted our school has been commended by them to join our national membership organisation.
At Stanford School we have several visiting peripatetic music teachers who offer instrumental tuition. For more information, please download the application form.
The Year 6 viola players performed in the Megastra School Prom at Grimsby Auditorium. They sang songs, demonstrated 'body percussion' and played very tricky viola parts for the pieces: 'Uptown Funk' and 'The Kraken' (From Pirates of the Caribbean).
Many schools from the local area also took part and so a wide range of musical instruments could be heard. The children were accompanied by The North East Lincolnshire Youth Orchestra. After a morning of intense rehearsals, the children put on a concert for parents.
Mrs. Wink (Music Governor): What an experience for the children to play with a range of instruments by children from local schools as well as the local Youth Orchestra. The music, the behaviour, playing, enthusiasm and enjoyment of our pupils was outstanding. If you ever get a chance to attend one of these concerts go along. Mrs. Brady you are a star for all the time and effort you put in. At last but not least how proud all the musicians made me.
Mrs. Brady: The principal Viola player in the Youth Orchestra, Chloe Brown met all the viola players. She explained to them how she had started learning the viola at Stanford School and told them how much pleasure she was getting from carrying on with it. It was great to see Chloe again. She has progressed into a really great player. I hope some of these children continue learning the viola when they go off to Secondary School.
Mrs. Lawson: It was great to see Mrs. Brady playing her viola in a big orchestra. The children were amazed when she started playing 'We Will Rock You!'
Alice: I really enjoyed it. I think we all played very well. Reenad: I was chosen to lead the actions for 'We Will Rock You'.
Freddie: I had lots of fun at the Auditorium.
Mustard class had an exhilarating day at the Singing festival, yesterday
Thomas said: 'I really enjoyed singing with a live band and hundreds of other children. It was nerve racking, but I enjoyed it.'
Matthew: ' I really loved the Singing Festival because we got to perform in front of lots of parents. It made me nervous, but I loved it anyway.'
Grace: 'The Singing Festival was amazing! I enjoyed being accompanied by a professional band and performing in front of an audience.'
Sunflower Class were invited to hear a professional band play. The band featured local musicians, including our visiting drum teacher; Mr. Cook.
Elliott- Mrs. Brady explained what the different guitars were doing. Harrison played the lead guitar and the man in the band played the rhythm guitar. I have seen the bass player before. He plays in Cleethorpes a lot.
Sam- The bass looked a lot like a big violin. Mrs. Brady explained that it has a much lower sound and is part of the string family in an orchestra.
Finley- Some instruments were plugged in and they were electric.
Ella R- The sound came out of big speakers. Mrs. Brady told me they were called amplifiers.
Millie- It was very loud, but I enjoyed it.
Lily- I liked listening to Harrison, he was really good.
Olivia- I had a lovely surprise because the band sang 'Happy Birthday' to me. I chose the pop music style. Mrs. Brady wanted it in the rock style!
Mrs. Brady- It was great to hear live music in our school. The children have learnt a lot about acoustic and electric instruments and they have also experienced listening to different genres of music.
We learned about different styles of music from the 1940s up to 2017, from a professional band. The band also backed us as we sang 'Summer Holidays' - it was a fantastic day full of learning opportunities.
Harrison played 'Apache' on his guitar: 'I was overjoyed and really excited to be performing with an actual professional band. It was awesome!'
Olivia and Thomas were able to play the cowbell and the tambourine too: 'I loved learning about the different styles of music and about the different instruments. It was great to join in and play ' Play that Funky Music' with the band.'
Lucie: 'I enjoyed listening to the band, especially learning about the different styles of music and how much music has changed over the decades. They were fantastic!'
We learned about different styles of music from the 1940s up to 2017, from a professional band. The band also backed us as we sang 'Fernando'- it was a fantastic day full of learning opportunities.
‘The ‘Great Get Together’ was a great success! All the visitors enjoyed listening to the school choir, classes singing songs, playing the glockenspiels and the violas. Harrison performed his electric guitar too to rapturous applause. Well done everyone for showcasing superb musical talents.
Mrs. Brady surprised Mustard Class with a Friday afternoon of singing and learning new songs with a live band. The class met three local professional musicians; Josie Moon (singer/composer), Pat McCarthy (guitarist/composer) and Warren Jolly (bassist). The band played live music in the hall all afternoon. The class were learning new songs in preparation for a special performance in July at Grimsby Auditorium where they will perform 'A Sea Story' with songs about Grimsby's fishing heritage and Grimsby's future.
Simon- I liked all the songs because they made me think of Grimsby.
Thomas- I liked the idea of thinking what the future might be like in Grimsby.
Dale- I liked seeing the real musicians. I even got their autographs! Evie- The rock song was my favourite because it was enjoyable and energetic.
Olivia- I enjoyed meeting the band.
Mrs. Hackfath- It was truly wonderful to hear live music in our school. I have really enjoyed listening to both the band and the children singing.
Mrs. Brady- The children experienced many different genres of music, including reggae, folk, rock and gospel. They will be looking forward to performing on the stage in the summer.
Mustard enjoyed the visit and live music from NEL Key Stage 2 Singing Festival group. The pupils enjoyed learning new songs from the songbook, ‘A Fishy Tale.’ Many thanks to the group for helping us learn the songs. We are looking forward to developing our performance skills soon when we join with pupils from other schools to perform at the Grimsby Auditorium.
Mustard enjoyed their hook day yesterday and the music was brilliant.
Harrison said: 'I absolutely loved learning about the Beatles and singing their songs, because I love 60s music.'
Jorja: 'I think playing the glocks was cool and I enjoyed learning how to play 'Yellow submarine.'
Mustard also produced their own artistic patterns of everyday objects in the style of Andy Warhol.
Poppy Class listened to a special piece of classical music. They discussed how it made them feel and drew pictures to show what they imagined.
Alfie- It reminded me of a parade.
Sam- It sounded a bit stormy when it became loud in the middle.
Kye- I imagined a concert.
Daisy- I would listen to it again. If I was drawing, I might put it on to relax me.
Mrs. Brady explained that the music was from Haydn's Clock Symphony. The children answered questions about the music and listened carefully to identify the instruments.
Have a listen to this piece. Can you explain why it's called The Clock Symphony? What can you hear?
The KS1 Choir performed at Grimsby Auditorium for the Infant Singing Festival. The concert was led by members of The Garsington Opera Company and many of the children's parents and family members came to watch. The songs were centred around and enchanted fairy story.
Katie- I liked singing. My mum came to watch.
Angel- I liked singing on the big stage.
Amelia- I really liked the 'I am looking for a witch' song.
Lacey- I loved singing the butterfly song.
Alfie- All the costumes were great.
Lily- I danced with the butterfly and the opera man came to look at the butterfly.
Mrs. Brady- The children were mesmerized when they heard the opera singers singing their arias.
Mrs. Groves- It's not every day the children get to perform with a professional opera company. I think they did very well to learn the songs.
Mrs. Wink- The behaviour of all the children was absolutely superb!
Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Groves would like to thank Mrs. Drury for making the beautiful butterfly prop, the children's parents for organising the wonderful costumes and for Mrs. Wink for her help throughout the day
Sunflowers listened to some Peruvian Pan Pipe music and drew pictures as the listened. Mrs. Brady wondered if they would all like the music and they all did.
Anthony- It reminded me of going into a jungle.
Ella M- It was lovely.
Olivia- It was cheerful and relaxing.
Cerys- It reminded me of playing with my friends and dancing.
In groups we composed music to add to our class rainforest poem. We practised our parts developing an increased accuracy, fluency, control and expression. We look forward to sharing this poem with the school and parents in our class assembly on Friday 3rd March.
Well done Charlie for super home learning designing and making rainforest instruments.
In Pumpkin class we have been learning about music. We have learnt that music is written on 5 lines called a ‘stave’. The names of the notes changes according to their position on the lines.
To help up remember this we say this
We have also been learning about the beat/pulse of music and how long different notes last.
We have started to play the Glockenspeil.
When we are learning a song first we learn the pulse by clapping.
Then we sing to learn the notes.
After that we get to play on our instruments.
So far we have learnt 2 notes E and D.
If you look closely you can see the music on the screen.
The KS2 Choir entertained the residents at Cloverdale Residential Home. Everyone enjoyed singing Christmas songs and the residents played along on percussion instruments.
Children from Seedlings class went to St Margaret’s Pre-school to sing festive songs. There were lots of actions and dancing too.
Mrs Brady and Mrs Lawson would like to say well done to all the lovely Year 1 performers. Your singing was beautiful and you all looked amazing. Here are some photos from our dress rehearsal
Sunflower class entertained their parents and community members at Laceby Library with some great Christmas singing. Many thanks to everyone who came along and joined in with the singing. Thank you to Mrs. Wink for organising it.
The children from Seedlings class performed their nativity ‘Christmas Counts’ with great success. Wonderful speaking, singing, dancing and actions. Thank you to parents, Governors, helpers and residents from Cloverdale who came to watch our show. What an amazing performance, enjoyed by everyone! Many thanks for adding Switch off winner too,
Exciting news- Mrs. Brady has 81 KS2 children learning the viola this year!!!!
Well done to Year 5 Group 2, who are learning lots of new pieces and are enjoying carrying on with the viola.
Year 4 Group 2 are enjoying learning the viola. They are able to pizzicato the open strings.
Well done to Year 6 Group 2 viola players who are enjoying learning lots of new pieces.
Mrs. Brady is delighted that so many Year 5 children have chosen to continue learning the viola. Here are Group 1 who are all very keen and have just started to read musical notation.
Year 4 Group 1 are enjoying learning the viola. Here they are learning the names of the open strings. Their challenge is to think of a phrase to help them remember CGDA, e.g. Can Granny Do Aerobics?!
Here are Group 1 Year 6 Viola players. Mrs. Brady is delighted with their enthusiasm and the progress they are making this term. Well done everyone!
Well done to the Stanford School Choir for their lovely singing at the PTFA Christmas Fair.
Barley class worked in small groups to compose and perform a piece of storm music using various percussion instruments. Pupils looked at tempo, rhythm, sounds and texture to work together to create their piece.
' The different percussion instruments changed the sound of the music to link with a storm'
' I really enjoyed this session as I enjoyed making different sounds as a team!'
The children thoroughly enjoyed the energetic taiko drumming this afternoon.' It was hard work, but great fun at the same time.
Sunflower Class had a great time at the Central Hall today.
Ella M- I liked the Central Hall.
Joe- I liked playing all the instruments.
Awis- I played a shaker. Louie E- I liked the singing. I learnt new songs.
Cerys- The factory song made me move my hands and legs.
Betsie- The clapping songs were really good.
Katie- The man on the drums was good.
Mrs. Wink (Governor for Music)- The children were amazing and it was super to see such enthusiastic singing, instrument playing and total involvement.
Mrs. Brady- Well done to everyone, including all the helpers. It was great to make music with professional musicians and sing with all the children from other schools
Seedlings Harvest Festival was a great success, with everyone joining in to sing songs, read poems and dance. Reverend Stevens came to say a prayer and give thanks for the food at harvest time. Thank you to everyone who contributed and joined us in our celebration
For the Macmillan Coffee morning, Sunflower Class sang their favourite songs to their parents, friends and community members. It was the first time they had performed their very own class song which had been written by Mrs. Brady.
She said: 'The children love having their own special Sunflower song. They enjoy singing together and have been really looking forward to this event.'
The children sang 'How Do You Feel Today?' and 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.'
It was great to see the audience joining in with the actions too! Many thanks to Mrs. Wink and all the helpers at the Stanford Centre.
The Key Stage 2 Choir participated in the Junior Singing Festival at Grimsby Auditorium. They performed lots of new songs that had been written to celebrate the Olympics. Mrs Brady and Mrs Groves would like to congratulate all the children for their lovely singing and wonderful behaviour.
Poppy Class Year 3 children have their first Djembe lesson.
Mrs Groves is our Djembe expert.
Can you spot the audience listening and enjoying the first little performance?
Some of the Year 4 children offered a helping hand giving expert advice.
Mrs Brady introduced ten exciting pieces of classical music to all the children in the school. Everyone was engaged and immersed in the music.
The BBC film 'Ten Pieces' presented the music in a creative way through vibrant action and animation. It took the children on a journey of wonder through its wide range of pieces. Each class looked at one of the pieces in more detail, learning about the Composer and doing further listening and appraising. The children responded by producing exciting art work.
'Mars' from 'The Planets' by Holst had Pumpkin Class drawing with chalk. Seedlings wanted to know more about the story behind the music of 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' by Grieg and they watched a video.
A Night on the Bare Mountain' by Mussorgsky inspired Poppy Class to create volcanoes and scary chalk drawings.
Juniper Class explored Kandinsky style designs whilst listening to 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine' by Adams.
'The Storm Interlude' from 'Peter Grimes' by Britten was analysed in depth and historical and geographical facts were researched by Star Anise Class before they began drawing.
'Symphony No. 5' (1st movement) by Beethoven inspired interesting pencil sketches of the composer by Barley Class.
'Zadok the Priest' by Handel inspired imaginative drawings from Mustard Class.
'The Firebird' (Finale) by Stravinsky inspired Sunflower Class to create vibrant collages of birds.
There are two more pieces, that you might like to listen to at home: 'Horn Concerto No. 4' (3rd movement) by Mozart and 'Connect it' by Meredith.
The whole school enjoyed the BBC Ten Pieces Concert.
Each class was given one of the pieces to study in more depth.
Poppy Class worked with A Night On The Bare Mountain composed by Mussorgsky. If you would like to find out more on the BBC website.
We thought that the piece was very dramatic and at times even a little scary. We imagined ghostly figures flying through the air, fire and flames dancing fiercely, volcanoes erupting dangerously. Look at all of the different tools and materials that we used and the different effects that we created.
Some children chose to use chalk to create ghostly figures.
Olli added movement by swiping across the chalk. Mrs Wink was amazed by the impact.
Lucy and Owyn are creating volcanoes with chalk, oil-based paint and glue spreaders.
An explosion of colour being blown all around by Daisy.
Furious flames being created by Alfie.
Even when the art is left to dry it looks like an exhibition!