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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.

Year 6 watched a performance of 'Connect It' by Anna Meredith then they structured and performed their own version. Watch the video to see what one group did.

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Year 5 listened to a piece of music called 'Under Stars' by Brian Eno. We discussed how it sounded mysterious and timeless, then we composed our own space music. When we had recorded our compositions, we imported them into Audacity and added some effects to make it sound more eerie and space - like. Here are some of the results.

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Year 4 used saris to mark the phrases of their Indian song.
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Year 6 have composed some Stone Age rhythm pieces. Here are two of the performances.
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Watch Year 1 singing 'ABC'
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Year 3 singing 'Viking Rock'
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Primrose Lane School are proud to be the winners of the Leeds Schools' Singing Challenge. This was our winning entry - Year 6 singing 'Every Brand New day'.
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Year 1 responding to the music with ribbons.
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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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