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.

“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.

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!