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.

BBC Bring the Noise

Learn to sign and dance-a-long to the songs.
Watch the music videos and see how they vary in different genres, from electronic synthesiser sounds, slow ballads to pop, upbeat and lively summery tunes.
You can dance along, make up your own actions or learn BSL (British Sign Language) actions.
Have fun!

BBC Bring the Noise

Making Music

Online Music Lessons

Year 3 - Feeling that Calypso Beat

Now that we have mastered the Djembe we have moved onto tuned instruments - the steel drums!!

This was our first lesson with the steel drums. We learnt how to set them up and get a feel for them, they sound so great. We even managed to try a song. Watch out for more posts as we get better jammin' to the Caribbean beat.

Djembe Drumming 🪘🪘🪘

Juniper class are learning how to play the Djembes and have been focusing on rhythms and tempo, ensuring they repeat the rhythm and keep in time.

KS1 Singing Festival

Pumpkin Class enjoyed taking part in the singing festival at Grimsby Auditorium with hundreds of children from other schools. They sang some great feel good songs.

J- I liked listening to the band. They jazzed up our songs.

E- I liked singing and my favourite song was 'Good to Be Me.'

W- I put in a lot of effort today and now I am very tired! J- I sang at the front, in a small group. It was like a choir.

M- I was excited to be singing in a small group at the front.

- The lights were shining on me when I was singing 'A Million Dreams.' I loved it!

L- One of our songs was all about Fairtrade food. Fairtrade is all about farmers being paid properly for the food that they grow.

D- I really liked the song 'Plastic Soup' because it was all about the sea having too much plastic in it.

K- I couldn't believe how many children were all singing today. It was amazing.

E- I think my mum and dad enjoyed the concert.

H- The audience was massive. I liked it when they all joined in with the actions.

Mrs. Brady- Well done to everyone. You all sang so well and your behaviour and concentration throughout the whole day was excellent!

African Drums

To go with our English text foundation have been having a go at making their very own African Drums this afternoon. We made our drums by using a yoghurt pot, paper and an elastic band. Here are some of our drums we created!

The Leopard’s Drum

Our current story, The Leopard’s Drum, is really exciting. It is an African story with a large African drum as a centre piece.

We have been looking at the drum, describing and exploring it, as well as enjoying playing it ourselves. We also listened to professionals playing the drums and singing. It has been great fun.


The children are really enjoying playing on the drums and are getting really good at repeating the patterns. We hope you enjoy the clip, it was kindly recorded by a child as I was busy keeping the beat.

End of Year Performances

The Year 1 children have enjoyed playing jazz rhythms on their animal castanets and singing and signing the song ‘September 1666’ which is all about The Great Fire of London.

The Foundation children have enjoyed making masks, learning the rhyme all about Goldilocks and the Three Bears and also learning some sign language.

Very well done to everyone!

We hope you enjoy

When civil rights, history & music combine with art

In music we have listened to a piece of music by The Beatles called ‘Blackbird’. When we investigated further we discovered that Paul McCartney created this piece of music after he learnt about the struggles of civil rights for black people in America. We researched further into how people of colour were treat in history including slavery in America. We looked at the piece of music again to further understand the music then we created a piece of art to accompany this track.

Here is the link if you would like to listen to this poignant piece of music while you enjoy our art - Blackbird

MAPAS Red Nose Day Concert

To help celebrate Red Nose Day MAPAS organised a virtual concert for the children to see and enjoy. It was strange seeing the orchestra socially distanced but it didn’t change the sound or the experience. The orchestra played well know songs that the children could enjoy from films & popular games. Some children liked to play guess the song, some wanted to stand and move with the music and other just wanted to sit and enjoy the sound. What a lovely treat.

MAPAS Feel Good Friday Events!

The Music and Performing Arts Service have been inviting us to their virtual events. The children have participated in Makaton signing songs workshops and today have enjoyed a special concert for Red Nose Day!

H- I loved the concert!
J- The concert was really good.
A- Now I want to play the drums
T- I liked dancing to the music.
H- I thought the music was really good.
K- One day I will play instruments too.

It’s Friday so “Don’t Worry about a thing”

Today was our last day of ‘school lockdown’ so we decided to make decorations to welcome everyone back to Poppy Class. MAPAS had organised a Makaton lesson based on Bob Marley’s “Don’t work about a thing” . The children really enjoyed the song and it’s lyrics, some decided to get up and enjoy the groove with a dance. Today was a day to celebrate….the last day being separated from each other and the class coming together as one.


In our music lesson we watched a MAPAS video about Samba percussion. It showed clips for the children at home so that they could make different musical instruments and join in the fun. The children had lots of fun and it was really tricky as they were playing 3 different rhythms at the same time. Samba, Samba, we love the Samba!!!!

Can I use my body to make music?

We have been learning about how to make different sounds with instruments. To link with this we looked at a MAPAS instructional video on how to make body percussion with our bodies.

Exploring Metre

In our Oak National Academy music lesson today, we were exploring metre - it was trickier than we expected it to be!
Have you tried?

Y4 Investigating Pitch

In science we have been learning about how sounds can be made louder & quieter. Today we were investigating the pitch of sound. The children were allowed to play different ‘instruments’ to see why sound changed from high pitched to low pitched sounds. We found out that smaller items, or items which were stretched tightly made a high sound and larger items made a lower sound. It was great getting some home learning to show the children joining in too.

Learning about notation and beginning to learn to play the Glockenspiel

Macmillan ‘Coffee Morning’ Event

As ever we are being resourceful and thinking about how we can adapt our lives and carry on regardless. Normally we would be performing in person but this year we will be celebrating this wonderful organisation virtually.


Seedlings took part to raise funds for Macmillan by designing and colouring a cupcake sticker and singing a sign language song 'Hands in the air'. We certainly did a great job!

Pumpkin Class

Poppy Class

We can’t sing but we can definitely sign, so grab a coffee, get a cake and “you’re gonna hear us roar”.

Barley Class

As ever we are being resourceful and thinking about how we can adapt our lives and carry on regardless. Normally we would be performing in person but this year we celebrated this wonderful organisation virtually. We can’t sing but we can definitely sign to 'Dance Monkey'

Amazing Home Learning

A wonderful pianist who has passed Grade 1!

Washing your hands

Seedlings children have been learning a catchy song to help them to remember how to wash their hands!

Watch a different song about how to wash your hands

KS1 Singing Festival 2020

The KS1 Choir gave an amazing performance of 'Sail Away' at Grimsby Auditorium. They enjoyed a full day of singing songs, learning actions and dancing. It was great to perform to such a large audience at the end of the day. Well done to everyone in the choir.

L- I used my face to make Carlos the Crab's moody face. F- The band played rock music. I played air guitar.
L- I got to be a member of Bonny the boat's
O- I could do all the different actions.
A- I really enjoyed singing the songs.
G- Lots of people from my family came to watch me.
C- The songs were all about all the plastic that has got into the sea.

Key Stage 1 Choir

Sunflower and Pumpkin members of the choir enjoyed a fantastic workshop with the musicians and actors from MAPAS (Music and Performing Arts Service).

They have been learning lots of new songs written by local musicians Josie Moon and Pat McCarthy called 'Sail Away'. They are due to perform these songs at Grimsby Auditorium with children from many other schools.

C- I love these songs. I can't stop singing them.
A- I like the ones when we can dance like a crab or wave at a whale.
A-A real band with guitars came to our school.
S- Carrie and Cosmo were very funny.
F- I love Dance of the Dolphins because it's rock music.
J- Carlos the Crab made me laugh so much.
A- We have lots of fun in the choir.
L- I can't wait to sing at the Auditorium on the stage.
A- I just love singing with my friends.

Key Stage 1 Choir

Members of the choir from Sunflower and Pumpkin Classes are enjoying learning lots of new songs ready for The Key Stage One Singing Festival at Grimsby Auditorium in March.

They have been attending lots of lunchtime rehearsals as well as a special rehearsal with local musician Sue Baker. Sue showed them her violin and played sea shanties for them to listen to. Mrs. Brady read the story of 'Sail Away' and the children sang songs about sea creatures. They added lots of exciting dance moves and actions.