At Mary’s, the children enjoy whole school singing sessions, which are led by Mrs Taylor each Tuesday. They sing a range of Music genres, sometimes with the challenge of two/three part singing rounds, which the children like adding movements to. We learn more about melody, pitch, tempo and dynamics through singing altogether.
This Christmas, Early Years and Reception combined to put on their own ABC Nativity. They used the letters of the alphabet to retell the Nativity story through song, actions, and speaking parts from Foundation Stage 2 children.
Years 1 and 2 performed the nativity, ‘Hey Ewe’, which was about a curious sheep. There were catchy songs with actions, dancing, and great acting. The Musicians kept time and played their percussion instruments very well. All the children gave enthusiastic performances to a hugely appreciative audience.
Years 3 and 4 are performing ‘Lights, Camel, Action ! ’ It is St. Mary’s ‘does’ Strictly Nativity, through singing, dancing and funky camels. There are Morris dancing Shepherds, Tango dancing Innkeepers, Ballet dancers, Disco dancing stars and many more surprises!
In the final week of term, Year 5 and 6 are singing Carols at St. Mary’s church.
Mrs Taylor’s choir opened the school Christmas Fayre with a collection of songs, including a new favourite, ‘Give your Granny a kiss for Christmas’. They will also perform and spread ‘good cheer’ in the local community by visiting the Old People’s home with the Community Council members (part of the school’s Great Eight) before the term ends.
Many children are learning or developing their recorder playing skills on Monday and Friday lunchtimes. Using a backing track, there are a repertoire of ‘snazzy’ songs which the advanced recorder group of twenty two love to play!
If you visit school on Tuesday or Wednesday, you may hear drumming, wood wind, (oboe, flute and clarinet) or violins being played. We have three wonderful peripatetic teachers. If your child is interested in taking lessons, please see me for further details.
Finally, we are delighted that Guitar lessons will be starting on Mondays in January. There are seventeen pupils on the register.
Some children play their instrument in their Class Mass, and as a school we are keen to promote anyone who would like to share their talent. Music is something we value at St. Mary’s, and children can gain so much from it, both individually and collectively.
Mrs Johnson. (Music Coordinator. 2J)
At St Mary's, a wide range of instrumental tuition is available for all abilities, you only require enthusiasm!
Free Music Clubs
We are very fortunate to have a wide variety of music teachers and peripatetic joining us in school, both linked with county and independent, as well as St Mary's staff and parent volunteers.
All of our musicians have the chance to perform throughout the year at: Nativity, Mass, School Concerts and External Events.
St Mary's School Choir
Our choir is open to anyone in Key Stage Two and currently has around 30 singers.
We meet every week on Tuesday lunchtime.