Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003
Contact. Miss King (Business Manager)

 Music at Stanford

Intent: The Music curriculum at Stanford School is unique. It is broad and balanced with a breadth of engaging opportunities. It is carefully planned and sequenced with key skills, concepts and knowledge that build on previous learning. Pupils revisit their learning and use and apply their knowledge fluently.

Implementation: The Music curriculum is purposeful and relevant to the pupils. The knowledge and skills pupils acquire, build on their previous learning, allowing them to transfer key skills, knowledge and concepts to their long-term memories.

Impact: We are proud of the achievements of our pupils in Music. Our pupils fluently apply their skills and knowledge within Music and make connections to their existing knowledge and to other curriculum areas.
Music is a real strength of the school. Pupils 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, ‘The Stanfest’ and inter-school singing festivals.

We aim to give the pupils unique musical experiences. They have the opportunity to perform alongside pupils 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 pupil in Year 4 learns to play the viola for one year with Mrs. Brady. The pupils are encouraged to continue their lessons and currently we have 70 viola players in Key Stage 2!
Extra-curricular music includes; a school choir, drum-kit lessons, samba club and also visiting peripatetic teachers who offer a wide range of instruments for the pupils 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.

The Stanford School Song

Our very special school song was written several years ago by former teachers; Joan Blandford and Wendy Elsey. When we sing the song it makes us feel proud to be part of Stanford School and by singing it we keep an important tradition alive.

Living together, learning together, growing together,

We’ll make our school a little world

That will show the big world how it ought to be.


Whether I write a story, puzzle with numbers and lines,

Sing, paint, sew or run a race,

Our world can’t be full of winners but still I can do my best.

If I try I’ll make my school a better place.


Living together, learning together, growing together,

We’ll make our school a little world

That will show the big world how it ought to be.


Each one of us is important; each has a part to play,

So many things I can give if I only try.

I’ll be cheerful and understanding, even when things go wrong.

Together we’ll build our world as the days go by.

Our School Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,
Friend of all children,
Bless our school at Laceby ,
Bless the children, teachers and others who work in it.
Help us to do our best,
To be kind to one another,
And be cheerful all through the day.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord


At Stanford School we have several visiting peripatetic music teachers who offer instrumental tuition. For more information, please download the application form.

See also:

A parents guide to the new National Curriculum (not Foundation/Seedlngs class). More information can be found on the Rising Stars website

Music MarkMusic Mark

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:

  • support the development of high quality teaching and learning
  • enhance subject knowledge of music curriculum and effective leadership of music
  • share the good practice and expertise of our membership

We became a member because it has Stanford

  • recognises the value of music education as part of a broad, balanced and relevant school curriculum
  • demonstrates a willingness to engage in the development and improvement of music provision for all children and young people within your school community
Lincolnshire Music and Arts Education Hub

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.

LQ: Can I sing songs to an audience?

Seedlings and Sunflower children joined together to sing songs and actions to say thank you to the volunteers and helper in our school.

Can I change the pitch of a sound?

We have been investigating the pitch of sound and how we can change it from low to high. We looked at stringed instruments, wind instruments and percussion instruments.

We discovered the shorter something was the more it vibrated sound and the higher the pitch. The longer something was it vibrated less and the pitch was lower.

We then tried to show this by making straw instruments and shortening them as we blew into them.

It was really hard, especially as we couldn’t stop laughing…… but we got there eventually!

Spring Term Music Recital At Stanford School

We enjoy performing and listening to a wide range of music. This term's musical recital featured wonderful pianists and vocalists.

We saw one pianist reading sheet music and playing a piece called 'Lonely Road', another pianist performed 'The Snowman' - all from memory and the third pianist improvised and created his own piece for us. There were lively performances of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Beat the Drum' and a vocal trio who sang 'Flashlight' beautifully.

Well done to everyone who performed in this term's recital. We shall look forward to the next one.

See Mrs. Brady if you would like to perform in front of our lovely school audience next time!

Christmas Service

As a part of the Christmas Service the Year 4 children sang an acapella version of ‘ Love shine a light’. We hope you enjoy this

Our Christmas Trio

Well done to our Christmas Trio who entertained the school with their fabulous Christmas musical routine. Spreading Christmas joy!

Key Stage One Stars Shine in Christmas Nativity Performances

Well done to Sunflower and Pumpkin classes for their wonderful performances of 'Shine Star Shine.' Lovely singing, acting, dancing, reading and instrument playing.

Key Stage 2 Choir Members Out and About at Christmas!

The Key Stage 2 choir have had a very busy time!

Some children sang at Grimsby Auditorium in the Christmas Big Sing and some children entertained the residents at Cloverdale Nursing home with lots of fun Christmas songs.

The children have all worked very hard and have shown great commitment: attending lots of lunchtime rehearsals, learning new songs and performing a wide variety of festive songs with their beautiful singing. Well done everyone!

LQ: Can I listen to the musical performance ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’?

We thoroughly enjoyed the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ performed through music by MAPAS. There were lots of actions and we learnt all about the different types of musical instruments including ‘percussion’ and ‘string’ instruments.

Pupil Voice

R.M “The shakers were a percussion instrument.”
O.B “I liked the big taiko drums.”
E.S “I liked the giraffe song when he learnt to dance.”
S.C “I was chosen to play a percussion apple, I had to shake it in time with the music.”
J.M “A bow is made from a horse’s tail!.”


This term we are beginning to play the Glockenspiels.

Today we are practicing reading musical notation. It takes a lot of practice and concentration but great fun.

Can I perform for an audience?

These talented pupils performed in this term's music recital. It was wonderful to hear solo singers, a vocal group and several pianists. The school enjoyed listening to a wide range of music from classical, jazz to contemporary pop songs. Well done to everyone who performed for us.

“The Stanfest”

What an amazing music festival we had, with every child having the opportunity to perform an item for parents, carers, friends and community members. All pupils were involved in a whole class singing performance. Musicians were able to perform pieces on the instruments they are learning and groups of pupils played or sang in ensembles. Many thanks to all who attended.

Thank you to the volunteers who kindly served the refreshments which were donated by Laceby Lodge Spar and of course well done to every performer!

Audience Feedback

What a morning, you had my feet tapping all the way through.

I very nearly got up to practice my new dance steps.

You have some talented pupils and it was nice to see so many parents come along.

Well what a treat this morning was.

Every single class excelled.

The children's performances, enthusiasm and behaviour were all brilliant.

So many items gave me goose-bumps.

Please pass on to every single staff member and every child how much I enjoyed the morning. Special thanks to Mrs Brady. Without your tireless work none of this would have been possible.

What an amazing morning, the children had worked hard on their musical overtures and demonstrated some great talent and achievements.

Thank you to the teachers for their hard work and patience in putting on such a wonderful festival- Thank you again to all.

Wow, what amazing morning of music, talent and achievement from all the children.

Excellent time listening to the children, absolutely loved it. Well done and thank you.

The children looked to be enjoying singing a classic from ‘The Jungle Book’.

Really enjoyed the performances of the class, and well done to the individuals doing the drum solos. I played the drums as a teenager, but never mastered the art of reading music. Well done to everyone. Some very talented pupils here.

Thoroughly enjoyable morning. Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Groves have obviously worked very hard with the children. Lovely to see all the children’s musical talents.

*****Excellent! I was pleasantly surprised with viola, all the children performed really well. Loved that more children had a turn with viola.

LQ: Can I perform songs to others with actions?

Children took part in our Stanford School music event reciting a 'Summer' poem and singing songs 'Down at the station' and 'Lovely summer's day'.

Pupil Voice

O.S "I liked the actions especially the bumble bee bit!"
F.G "I liked seeing the grown ups watch me sing the songs I have learnt at school".
C.P " I liked standing on the big stage".

Grade 1 Piano with Distinction!

Congratulations on this wonderful achievement.

Samba Club

We are delighted to have Mrs. S. Groves back with us teaching the drums again! She has recently started a Samba Band who meet in Sunflower Class on Thursday's after school from 3.15pm-4.15pm. The children really enjoy playing new and instruments and learning exciting rhythms.

We are looking to expand our band. If you would like to join us, please see Mrs. Brady for more details.


Excellent singing from our pupils -opera at Stanford! Amazing!

Can I play and perform in ensemble contexts, playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression?

Year 3 have been very lucky to have Mrs Groves come in to teach them how to play the Djembe drums. This is very difficult and the children had to concentrate very hard to follow the different beats. Everyone was amazed by how well they did!

Can I perform songs to a large audience?

Mrs. Brady would like to thank the members of the Key Stage 1 choir for all their hard work and for their lovely singing today at The Infant Singing Festival at Grimsby Auditorium. It was lovely to see some of our parents in the audience too!

MD- I gave some flowers to the conductor at the end.
IB- I enjoyed singing 'Let's Go Home' because it was a gentle song.
- I enjoyed singing in front of a big audience.
FM- I liked singing the songs with actions.
AH- I liked hearing the band playing all their instruments.
CR- I liked the story and the little aliens.
MD- The extra alien sound effects were good.

Mrs. Brady would like to thank Mrs. Wink, Mrs. Bennett and Miss Vicary for all their help on the trip.

Key Stage 1 Choir: 'Let's Go To Space' by Josie Moon (lyricist) and Pat McCarthy (guitarist)

Back in January, the choir started learning some new songs all about a space adventure. These songs were written by local musicians Josie Moon and Pat McCarthy.

We were lucky enough to have them visit our school one afternoon, along with Hettie McCarthy (bass guitar) and Matty Gray (singer/actor). The choir had a great time, singing songs, acting and playing games.

This wonderful workshop helped to prepare them for the Infant Singing Festival where the choir will be performing at Grimsby Auditorium with children from other schools on Wednesday 20th March. The concert for parents begins at 1.50 pm-2.30pm. Tickets are available from Grimsby Auditorium.