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Music develops a wide range of skills as well as promoting creativity, teamwork, confidence and a sense of community. At Primrose Lane, music is an integral part of school life and we are very proud of the range and quality of music making in our school. Every child from Reception through to Year 6 has a weekly class music lesson delivered by a specialist music teacher, in which the key skills of singing, performing, composing and listening are developed.

In addition to this, we have weekly whole school singing sessions and regular song sharing assemblies. We also provide the opportunity for any child in school to perform for the rest of the school in our live music spot. We have achieved the Gold Sing Up Award and both children and staff enjoy singing with and for each other. Each year we stage several musical performances for parents including a Harvest Festival, KS1 Nativity, Christmas Carol Service, KS2 Spring Concert and the KS2 Production (recent performances have included The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and Oliver).

Every child in Year 2 learns to play the recorder, and KS2 children have the option of taking lessons to learn the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and djembe. We currently have over fifty children taking these lessons and children who learn woodwind instruments have the option of taking Associated Board music exams. KS2 children also have the option of joining extra- curricular activities such as wind band, choir and recorder ensemble. 

We are always keen to take part in musical activities outside school: several of our children have attended a range of different workshops run by Leeds ArtForms and we have a number of children who perform in the EPOS orchestra every year. We also like to take our music making into the community with the school choir singing at various local events. 

We have a wide range of percussion instruments which are used in class music lessons, a Bamboo Tamboo kit and a purpose built room for instrumental lessons.
Singing Challenge

Our Singing Challenge took place recently with each class performing the same song, ‘Every Brand New Day’, which they had been rehearsing for a few weeks with their class teacher. Our adjudicator this year was Mrs Fran Hannan, who is an accomplished musician, and works for Artforms and Musical Futures running music workshops and courses for teachers and young people throughout the country. She was very impressed by the quality, musicality and enthusiasm of all the singing. Year 4 won the challenge this year and Year 1 were the runners up. Every class sang the song brilliantly! You can listen to clips of some of the classes here.

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Year 4 playing glockenspiels.
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Primrose Lane Spring Concert

Our annual Spring Concerts took place on Monday afternoon and evening featuring a variety of music from percussion groups, woodwind players, pianists, the school choir and recorder ensemble. Once again the children excelled in their musical performances with seventy children from Key Stage two taking part. Here are some quotes from the children which sum up another wonderful music event in our school.

"I really enjoyed it but I got a bit nervous when it came to my part. But then I overcame my fears and did it!" Ellen, Year 6

"I loved hearing all the wonderful instruments as well as playing my flute piece well. It was great to hear everyone's amazing talents." Orla, Year 6

"In the concert I sang in the choir and I think it's the best I've ever sung" Abbi, Year 5

"I really enjoyed playing my flute in the concert - it made me more confident in front of a crowd." Maisy, Year 5

"I like watching the new talents coming up and performing well." Edward, Year 5

"When it started I felt nervous and excited because it was my first time playing an instrument in the concert. It was all just amazing!" Imogen, Year 4

"I loved it and at the end I just wanted to do it all again!" Lucy, Year 4

"Being in the concert as a performer was epic, but I was really shy. My best bit was the choir as we sang two songs." Charlie S, Year 4

"I was a performer in the concert and it was awesome! I was playing the djembe and it was fun." Stanley, Year 4

"I enjoyed listening to people playing the flute." Keely, Year 3

"I enjoyed all the singing in the concert." Beth, Year 3
Here is our school choir singing 'See You Again
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Listen to our Recorder Ensemble playing 'Best Day of My Life' and 'Skat Cat Swing'
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Listen to Year 4's Rainforest soundscapes.
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Watch Year 2's response to the music 'The Snow is Dancing' by Debussy.
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Year 6 have composed samba style rhythm pieces after listening to 'Mambo' from 'West Side Story' by Leonard Bernstein. We wanted to create the energetic rhythmic textures and call and response features that we identified in the Mambo. The skills of keeping to the same tempo, maintaining our own rhythmic ostinato and creating and memorising a structure were really improved as well as having to listen to each other and work well together. Here is one example.

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