Hello everyone, Welcome to the Music page!
You'll find out here what we're getting up to in St Stephen's Church of England Primary.
At St Stephen's, we use a music scheme throughout school called Charanga.
This teaches the whole curriculum progressing through all the levels of attainment.
We use some fantastic songs as part of our worship in school.
Along with producers of various collections that we use, we subscribe to an online source called Fischy.com. The songs have religious and moral content which the children love to sing.
The children learn signs along with the songs to help them remember and enjoy the words.
The Fischy Music leader Stephens Fischbacher came to school to lead a two day workshop teaching the children new songs which resulted in a performance for the parents. Likewise we participated in a Pop UK workshop and concert when we recorded our own CD; these songs are often used in Collective Worship.
In addition to singing, we listen to a wide range of music on entry and exit to our Worship time with God. This may be quiet and reflective or lively and fun-loving.
You can visit the Fischy Music website and sample some of the songs using the link below:
Our EYFS and KS1 nativities, Nursery Rhyme Nativity and Donkey for Sale were a great success.
Thank you to all the families and friends who came along to support our children. They had great fun performing and our visitors left with a smile.
Christmas songs for Sahara Fold
Just before we broke up for Christmas, some of our KS1 children visited Sahara Fold, our local home for the elderly, to sing the songs from their Christmas Nativity.
It was a lovely, uplifting experience for both the residents, and for our children.
The children sang their songs, accompanied by backing tracks on a CD player, and then they were rewarded with a drink and some chocolate and fruit. The children then went to chat with the residents, accompanied by a member of staff from school, and that was a great experience for both.
The journey back to school was wonderful as the children felt so happy from the visit that they sang all the way. Well done St Stephens pupils!
Fantastic support from the Bolton/Blackburn with Darwen Music Service
Last term saw the start of a great partnership with the music service, who have been supporting our teachers' professional development in music sessions.
In the Autumn term, Angela Caswell worked with our Yr 5 & 6 classes, along with their class teachers, in delivering our online 'Charanga' music scheme. The children enjoyed the experience and their teachers were impressed with the musicality of the children.
Throughout school, our children are learning to sing, play instruments, compose, and appreciate all genres of music from classical to rap.
Angela has subsequently worked with Yrs 1 & 2, and in this Summer term, Yr3 and EYFS.
Y4 have instrumental tuition from the Music Service.