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

KS1 Nativity: Can we perform a special play about the Christmas story?

Sunflower and Pumpkin classes performed 'A Present for the Baby'.

The story was about Baby Jesus who just wouldn't stop crying and nobody knew what to do. Even the most elaborate gifts that a King, a Queen and a Nobleman brought him couldn't make him happy. It wasn't until a little boy with a very special present (a kiss) managed to calm the baby and stop him crying.

IB: Everyone's done very well.
JO: It was tricky to learn words.
MH: I liked to hear everyone's singing.
PB: My favourite song was 'Just a Kiss.'
LS: I enjoyed doing all the actions to the songs.
CR: I liked the 'tra-la-las' in the choir song.
AM: The Grand Song was my favourite song.
LC: The story told us what is important at Christmas time.

LQ: Can I sing songs to others?

Children from Seedlings class went to St Margaret’s Pre-school to sing festive songs. There were lots of actions and dancing too.

Caistor Christmas Market

Well done to all the pupils from the School Choir and Poppy Class who joined us at Caistor Christmas Market on Sunday and sang some beautiful Christmas songs. We really appreciate your time and help. A special mention to Miss Perrin for leading the event and all other staff and parents/carers at the event for their support too.

Can I perform a solo item confidently?

A wonderful recital was enjoyed by the whole school. We heard classical music, pop songs and even a Mexican song! Well done to the children for performing so confidently.

Drumming Demonstration: Can I show different drumming techniques?

B proudly showed her wonderful drumming to Sunflower Class.

Mrs. Groves said she was very impressed, as B could keep a steady beat as well as play the different techniques with her drumsticks. Mrs. Groves teaches drum lessons on Thursday lunchtimes.

If you are interested in learning to play the drums, please see Mrs. Brady for more information.

Musical Assembly

Thank you Sunflower Class for a lovely musical assembly. We really enjoyed seeing and hearing the use of recyclable materials to create important messages about helping the environment. Thank you to Mrs Brady, Mrs Wink and an extra special mention to Mrs Groves for leading the event. The positive feedback from parents/carers was greatly appreciated as was their participation!


Can I perform in a band and play simple rhythms?

The Sunflowers enjoyed a special musical workshop with local drummer; Mrs. S. Groves. The children made music with junk and shared their learning with family and friends. Their instruments included; plastic bottles, biscuit tins, chocolate plastic tubs, plastic pipes, metal buckets, chains and even an old dustbin lid! They learnt special rhythms, which they spoke, clapped and played on their instruments.

Mrs. Brady would like to thank Mrs. Groves for teaching the children and would also like to thank the Music and Performing Arts Service (MAPAS) for the loan of their junk instruments.

Can I learn a musical instrument?

Juniper Class are all excited, as they have started having viola lessons on Wednesday afternoons with Miss Brown (principal viola player North East Lincolnshire Youth Orchestra). Mrs. Brady has been impressed with all the children's enthusiasm.


Year 5

Mrs. Brady is delighted that 36 Year 5 children have chosen to continue learning the viola. She is looking forward to extending their playing skills and the repertoire of pieces they will play this year.

Year 6

Mrs. Brady is delighted to announce that 22 children in Year 6 have chosen to continue learning the viola. She is looking forward to developing their technique and extending the repertoire of pieces that they will play this year.

Harvest Festival

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.

Natural Disaster Composition

As part of our music curriculum, and linked with our ‘Extreme Earth’ topic, we have composed a piece of natural disaster music using a range of percussion instruments.


At Stanford School we value music greatly. Each term, a range of talented musicians and singers perform their wonderful pieces to the whole school. This term we have heard classical pieces, such as 'Aria in F', the National Anthem and a selection of contemporary pop songs. Well done to the children who performed for us.

If you would like to perform at the next recital, please see Mrs. Brady.

North East Lincolnshire Pop Prom

Congratulations to all the Year 6 viola players who took part in this great event at Grimsby Auditorium. The children performed as part of a huge orchestra and played 'Billie Jean', 'Walking on Sunshine', 'Blinded By Your Grace' and 'Castle on the Hill.' During the afternoon, parents enjoyed a fantastic concert. Not only, could this group play the viola, but they could also sing beautifully! Well done to everyone!

Community Music Morning

Well done to everyone who participated in our wonderful music festival. We had a wide range of talented singers, instrumentalists and dancers.

Thank you to all our parents and friends for coming along and supporting this lovely event. Mrs. Brady would also like to thank Mrs. Warton, Mrs. Wink and Mrs. Bennett for serving all the refreshments and also to Laceby Lodge Spar Shop for their kind donation towards the refreshments.

Here are a few examples of some of the lovely feedback from members of our audience:

'Wow amazing from all children. Brilliant effort from both children and staff. The refreshments were lovely. Thank you.'
'Great morning, lovely interaction with the children.'
'Well done- a lot of effort and well prepared. Enjoyed it.'
'Such talent! Wonderful and confident performers. The staff have worked very hard to get the children to this standard. Well done!'
'Lovely relaxed setting for parents. I saw a mixture of years perform and each was different- all children performed brilliantly. Fantastic to see their learning.'
'What a fantastic morning! All the pupils were amazing, it made me smile all the way through. You were GREAT!!!'


Seedlings class performed their songs about summer to family and friends. They accompanied the songs with actions too.

Pupil Voice

Oliver. L - I liked doing the actions to our songs.
Ollie - I like to see the grown ups smiling when we were singing.
Freddie - The grown ups were proud of us.
Charlie. R - I liked the songs they made me happy.

Poppy Class Enjoy Stanfest

We combined our musical talents with our awareness of diversity to celebrate Stanfest. We learned that Makaton is used alongside spoken language to help with language development. One of the children in our class used Makaton when they were learning to talk.

We worked hard to practise our finished musical pieces. Our parents and carers were delighted with our performance.
Mrs Harib said “What a well organised and lovely event. All of the children did very well.”

Anthony’s Mum was so impressed that she wants to learn the songs with Makaton signs too!
Here are the links if you would like to learn along with us.

Pumpkin Class

Pumpkin Class – The Greatest Showmen….and women, that I could ever want! So proud of them! Enjoy!

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.