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

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.

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 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.

Lincolnshire Music and Arts Education Hub

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

Djembe Assemblies

Mrs Groves led two djembe assemblies with year 3 and 4 pupils – the musical skills, co-operation and listening skills were excellent. Parents, carers and friends of the school joined the assemblies. One visitor commented ,’Thoroughly enjoyed the performance, the children have obviously enjoyed learning to play. Lovely to be invited to come and watch.’ Thank you everyone for making the event so memorable.

Pumpkin Class

Mrs Groves has been teaching the class about djembe drums which originated in Africa. To play the drums it takes good listening skills and the ability to maintain a beat. To help with this Mrs Groves has taught children to think of phrases to go with the different beats e.g. macaroni, macaroni, macaroni cheese. The children have really enjoyed these musical sessions and loved showing their skills to their parents.

Infant Singing Festival

On Wednesday we travelled to the Auditorium and took part in the Infant Singing Festival.

We have been working hard to learn the songs and we had the chance to perform with other schools from our local area.

We performed confidently and we brought some of that confidence and skills back to school.

We enjoyed our day tremendously. We were supported by school governors Mrs Wink and Mrs Tatler.

Mrs Wink commented “Poppy class were outstanding, listening attentively, singing their hearts out and enjoying every minute of the experience of performing on a stage to a live audience.”

Can I find out about other musical instruments?

Star Anise were very lucky to meet local musician Mr. Amos today. Mr. Amos gave an inspirational talk and demonstration of some of the instruments he can play, including the harmonica and the acoustic guitar. Mr. Amos also spoke about the band he plays bass in and how music has enriched his life.

George M- I have just begun to learn the guitar.
James B- I would like to be able to play drums in a band.
Jacob- I liked the sound the harmonica made.
Mrs. Brady- While the children played a jazz piece on their glockenspiels, Mr. Amos joined in on his harmonica. It was great when he started to improvise!

Can I play a tuned instrument musically?

Sunflower Class shared their lovely singing and recorder playing with their parents and friends during their Musical Learning Share afternoon. They have worked hard learning action songs, learning about rhythm and reading musical notation with Emma Middleton from the local Music and Performing Arts Service. Many thanks to Emma for her wonderful lessons.

Can I perform in an ensemble? Can I begin to read musical notation?

Star Anise Class have been learning all about jazz music and improvisation. They have listened and appraised music by Stan Getz. They have learnt how to play 'The Three Note Bossa' by Ian Gray on their glockenspiels by reading and following musical notation. They improved their performance of this piece with improvised sections, a percussion section and a melody which was played on glockenspiels and violas.

The Greater Depth learning here was where some children could read and play music using both the alto clef (viola) and the treble clef (glockenspiel)!!!

Home Learning for Music

A Woodland Story

Poppy Class will be attending the Infant Singing Festival at the Auditorium this year. We have been listening to part of the story and looking at some of the songs already.

Please feel free to practise these lovely songs at home, which you can find on their YouTube Channel

There are six songs to practise and learn altogether.

Can I learn about musical notation?

Mrs Brady worked with Barley class to learn about musical notation. They identified and named different kinds of notes- from crotchet, minim and semibreve and learnt their notational value. They also learnt about the stave and played a scale on the glockenspiel. We all learnt so much!

Can I begin to learn how to play the recorder?

What a great surprise Sunflowers had today, when Emma brought a big bag full of brand new recorders. The children played a follow my leader game, where they copied the rhythms Emma played on her recorder.

Eliza- I wanted to say thank you. I loved it!
Mason- I enjoyed playing.
Oliver H- You had to listen carefully. Joshua We learnt how to play the note B.
Amelia- We had to copy Emma's tune.

Djembe Drumming

Mrs Groves gave us our first lesson on how to play the Djembe drum. They learnt about the technique of holding the drum and importance of keeping a steady rhythm . We also practiced taking turns and team work.

Cloverdale at Christmas

Well done to the Key Stage 2 Choir for entertaining the residents of Cloverdale. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the children's singing, they joined in and some played percussion instruments.

Comments from residents:
Many thanks for your good singing. Keep it up. - Olive
Thank you for coming to visit and singing for us. -Elise
It brought back a lot of happy memories. -Eileen
I enjoyed it very much. -M. Hasthorpe
Enjoyed your performance. -Dorothy
Dear Children, I have enjoyed your singing, it was lovely music which Santa and I enjoyed BLESS YOU ALL. MERRY CHRISTMAS. - ME Frances

Can I perform in a talent show?

Very well done to Oliver and Millie who performed on the stage today in front of the whole school.

They came 2nd in the competition with their beautiful singing of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Alphabet Song.

Stanford Choir

Well done to all the members of the school choir who sang festive songs beautifully for parents and friends at the Christmas Fair.


The children in Seedlings class played the claves and woodblocks in beat to the music to accompany our nativity songs.

Can I sing for fun?

Stanford School Choir are busy learning lots of festive songs for Christmas.

If you like singing, come along and join the fun. We meet at 12 o'clock in The Zone on Tuesdays.


Can I sing songs and chants? Can I play untuned instruments? Can I listen with concentration to live music?

The answer to all those questions was yes for Sunflower Class who went to the Central Hall in Grimsby to perform with other schools. Crash Bang Wallop was led by local professional musicians; Tim Brain and Sue Baker.

Bella- I liked learning new songs.
Kobi- I liked the biscuit and lemonade treat!
Lily C- I liked playing different instruments.
Isabelle B- I liked listening to the other school's play. Mollie- I liked watching Tim playing the piano and the djembe drum.
Robbie- I liked singing the songs and doing all the actions.

Can I feel the pulse and maintain the rhythm?

Sunflower Class are enjoying learning about pulse and rhythm with Emma Middleton from MAPAS. They use buckets as drums, clap rhythms, say rhymes and sing songs.

Can I play in an ensemble with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression?

Great to see Year 5 (Group 2) enjoying their viola playing. They are learning about staff and musical notation and trying hard to improve their technique. Well done everyone!

Great to see Year 6 (Group 2) continuing to play the viola. They are developing their technique, learning to play new notes and gaining a greater knowledge of musical theory. Well done to everyone!

Can I begin to learn how to play the viola?

Year 4 are enjoying learning the viola with Mrs. Brady. They have learnt the names of the open strings (CGDA) and can pizzicato (pluck) simple pieces. They have made a great start!

Group 1

Group 2

Can I play in an ensemble with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression?

Year 5

Great to see Year 5 (Group 1) enjoying their viola playing. They are learning about staff and musical notation and trying hard to improve their technique. Well done everyone!

Year 6

Great to see Year 6 (Group 1) continuing to play the viola. They are developing their technique, learning to play new notes and gaining a greater knowledge of musical theory. Well done to everyone!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Sunflower Class entertained family and friends at The Stanford Centre.

Taylor: I brought some money to buy a cake.
Bella: We sang 'One Potato' and everyone joined in.
Evie: I know someone with cancer and I want to help.
James: We sang our class song again.
Rylea: We got a biscuit, a drink and a cake. It was good there!
Mrs. Wilkinson (visitor): The children were so well behaved and they all sang so well. They all knew what to do. Mrs. Dabb (visitor): Mrs. Brady's class sang beautifully.

Harvest Festival

We will have bread baking photos to follow!! Our Harvest Festival was a great success, with everyone joining in to sing songs and actions. Reverend Stevens came to say a prayer and give thanks for the food at harvest time. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our celebration, the donations of food will be sent to the homeless charity, Harbour Place.

Can I round numbers to any degree of accuracy?

Barley class have focused on rounding numbers in our Maths lessons. We used a Rounding rap song to help us learn a quick step- by- step guide to rounding numbers. Take a look at our videos to help you round numbers

Can I read musical notation, rehearse with an orchestra and perform in a concert?

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.

Singing Festival

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.'

Music Workshop

Can I learn about different instruments in a band?

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.

Mustard Class

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!'

Barley Class

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'

‘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.

Can I appreciate and understand a range of high-quality live music drawn from different traditions? Can I perform using my voice with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression?

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.

NEL Key Stage 2 Singing Festival group

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 Hook Day

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.

Can I listen with concentration and understanding?

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?

Can I perform operatic songs in a concert?

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

Can I listen carefully to music?

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.