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Tuesday 18th December 2018

This week we held our annual Christmas party and had so much fun dancing, eating and singing.  Here are some pictures of our party.

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This week also saw Plains Farm Choir get a special mention again from the Sunderland Music Hub who are delighted at their achievements.  The newsletter was sent to schools across Sunderland and one of the Head Teacher’s who received it phoned Mrs West (Our Chief Executive Head Teacher) to tell her all about it.  She was so impressed that she then phoned Miss Cassidy to pass on the exciting news.  Well done everyone.

A Special Message from Miss Grotz

This week, as most of you will know, is my last week at Plains Farm Academy.  I am off to start a new adventure at Fatfield Academy which is part of our Trust and I’m hoping that the two choirs can work together in the near future.  I have enjoyed every minute working with these wonderful children and I will miss them greatly. We have shared so many memories from the many events that we have participated in and I will treasure those dearly. The choir wouldn’t let me go without singing one of my favourite Christmas songs and writing me a wonderful card.  Thank you all, I love it.

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I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents who help and attend our events as it has given the children great opportunities.  I would also like to say a massive thank you to Miss Hodgson for all of her support.  I know that choir will continue to be strong in her capable hands. I hope that you all have a fabulous Christmas and I look forward to hearing about your journey after the New Year.


Tuesday 11th December 2018

This week was yet another busy week full of events.  Thursday saw the children perform outside in the cold for their annual ‘Carol’s by Candlelight’ event.  They sang beautifully and even made it snow.  The children would like to thank everyone that watched their performance.  The money raised from the sale of hot drinks will be spent on buying food for our annual Choir Christmas Party on Tuesday.


On Friday we had the pleasure of singing for the elderly at Hope View Independent Living Centre in Silksworth.  The children did a fabulous job and everyone was joining in.  members of the School Council came along and handed out shortbread biscuits to the residents.  They were so delighted and provided us with refreshments and chocolate bars.


One resident commented on how delighted she was to hear the children sing and that it really made her day.  They all agreed that it is the children that make Christmas and we were delighted that we could be a part of theirs.

This weeks star performer award goes to…..

Gracie.  Gracie works hard every week and always gives 100%.  Well done.

Up coming events:

Tuesday 18th December, 3:15 – 4:15 will be our last practice of the year and we will be having our Christmas Party.

Tuesday 4th December 2018

This week has been a busy week singing to the shoppers at Sainsbury’s.  We were a little nervous on Tuesday but did a great job but then something marvelous happened on Thursday.  All of their nerves and stage fright had disappeared!!!  The children sang loud and proud and had so much fun in the process. We even managed to sneak in baby shark when we had a break.  They managed to raise a whopping £374!!! We can’ wait to put it towards something exciting.  Well done everyone.  You should all be super proud of yourselves.  We definitely are. 🙂


We had some amazing comments from members of the public and posted on social media and we would like to share those with you:

“Just been to Sainsbury’s to listen to our school choir, they sounded awesome, I’m so proud of them.”

“They were fabulous.”

“Shed a little tear, they were amazing.”

“They were awesome.”

“My friend wants to join your choir.”

We had some old and new staff visit and the children loved seeing them there.  The y5 children were also pleased to see a familiar face in the crowd.  A veteran named Gordan, who attends our annual remembrance assemblies, was singing along in the crowd.  He said he loved it.

This weeks star performer award goes to…..

Everyone! It is far too difficult this week to choose just one person.   Well done everyone.

Dates for your diary:

Thursday 13th December 3:30pm – Carols by Candlelight

Friday 14th December 1:30pm -3:30pm – Carol singing at Hope Bank View Independent Living Centre

Tuesday 18th – Choir practice will still go ahead but we will be having our own little party 

Tuesday 27th November 2018

This week each child received their letter inviting them to take part in the carol singing at Sainsbury’s.  Can you please make sure that you form is returned ASAP to ensure that you can go.  Also please remember that because this is a public event, family members of the children and members of the public might take photos of the children performing.  If you have any issues regarding this then please see Miss Grotz or Miss Hodgson ASAP.  The safety and wellbeing of our children is of utmost importance.

Please note that choir will still be on after school on Tuesday as normal.

Letters for the Carols by Candlelight and Carol singing at Hope View will be given out next week, so again, please return them as soon as possible to ensure your child can attend.

This weeks star performer award goes to…..

George for being super brave and singing a solo part in rehearsals.  We can’t wait to hear the polished version at our upcoming events.   Well done George.


Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th December – Carol singing at Sainsbury’s 1-3

Thursday 13th December 3:30pm – Carols by Candlelight

Friday 14th December 1:30pm -3:30pm – Carol singing at Hope Bank View Independent Living Centre


Tuesday 20th November 2018

This week we have been looking at being able to manage distractions.  When we go to Sainsbury’s there will be many shoppers about and we need to be able to continue our beautiful singing without hesitation.  So to practice, Miss Hodgson was given the job of trying to distract the children as they were singing one of their songs.  They managed really well even through the few giggles when their song word book was knocked.


This week as we were practicing, our beautiful voices travelled around the school.  Some of the staff made lovely comments.

What lovely singing.  I thought someone had brought in the professionals. -Miss Cassidy


Next week, children will receive a letter about our visit to Sainsbury’s.  Normal choir practice will still go ahead on Tuesday.  Can children please return their forms as soon as possible to ensure that they are able to go.  This is a great opportunity to perform to the public and for the children to showcase their talents.  The money raised will be used for choir.

Please note that because this is a public event, other parents and members of the public may want to take photos or videos of the children performing to share with friends and family.  It you have any issues regarding this please see either Miss Grotz or Miss Hodgson ASAP.

This weeks star performer award goes to…..

Piper  for being able to play a percussion instrument – with correct timing – to one of our songs.  Well done Piper.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th December – Carol singing at Sainsbury’s 1-3

Thursday 13th December 3:30pm – Carols by Candlelight

Friday 14th December 1:30pm -3:30pm – Carol singing at Hope Bank View Independent Living Centre



Tuesday 13th November 2018

We had lots of fun this week in choir.  We are looking at being more confident with our performances and adding expression through body language.  Have a look at the pictures and videos below of us having a good time.  Isn’t our singing amazing!! haha


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This weeks star performer award goes to…..

Macie Mc  for her fantastic imitation singing of ‘This is me.’  You couldn’t tell that it wasn’t really her singing.  Well done Macie.

We are also continuing to practice our Christmas Carols for our many performances coming up.  So, as promised, here are some of the songs that we are learning so that you can continue to rehearse at home.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th December – Carol singing at Sainsbury’s 1pm-3pm

Thursday 13th December 3:30pm – Carols by Candlelight

Friday 14th December 1:30pm -3:30pm – Carol singing at Hope Bank View Independent Living Centre

Tuesday 7th November 2018

Our Christmas rehearsals are well underway.  We have lots of exciting opportunities coming  up in December.  We will be asking for parent helpers so if you are interested in coming along to Sainsbury’s or to Hope View Care facility just let either Miss Grotz or Miss Hodgson know.

Here are some pictures from this week’s rehearsals.


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This weeks star performer award goes to…..

Amy  for being an absolute delight.  She always tries so hard with every song we practice.

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th December – Carol singing at Sainsbury’s 1-3

Thursday 13th December 3:30pm – Carols by Candlelight

Friday 14th December 1:30pm -3:30pm – Carol singing at Hope Bank View Independent Living Centre

Tuesday 30th October 2018

Welcome back, we hope you all enjoyed your week off.  This week in choir we have started to practice Christmas songs.(EEK!)


We also decided to have a little dance to some halloween songs as it seemed only right with Halloween being tomorrow.


As promised to the children, here are some links to some of the christmas songs so that they can practice at home:

This weeks star performer award goes to…..

Holly  for being my technical support this week.  Thank you Holly.

Dates for your diary:

Thursday 13th December 3:30pm – Carols by Candlelight

Friday 14th December 1:30pm -3:30pm – Carol singing at silksworth care home. 

*We are still hoping to sing at Sainsbury’s this year but we are waiting to confirm a date.

Tuesday 16th October 2018

The children thoroughly enjoyed watching the Wizard of Oz.

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In the summer this year, we applied for a ‘Community Chest Grant’ to purchase equipment for choir.  We are delighted to announce that our wishes were granted and the new equipment has started arriving.  We will now have our very own t-shirts (as well as the jumpers) to wear for our performances, banners with our logo on and lots of fancy technology including wireless headset microphones.  We cant wait to start and use them.

This weeks star performer award goes to…..

Piper  always making us smile with her lovely sense of humour.

We hope that you enjoy the half term break and we look forward to seeing you all back on the 30th November to start practicing our christmas songs (eek!).

Tuesday 9th October 2018

This week we started to watch the wonderful Wizard of Oz.  The children really enjoyed eating their snacks and watching the movie.  we discussed the difference between movies from the past and present and how the movie was different/similar to Wicked.  The children enjoyed picking up on the hints from the movie and singing along to some of the songs.  We will continue to watch the rest of the movie next week because they enjoyed it so much.


This weeks star performer award goes to…..

George for his fabulous discussion about the movie and Wicked.

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

This week we have been practicing the official sing up song for 2019.  We thought we would get a head start.  Here is a preview clip of the song.

Next week in choir we will be watching the Wizard of Oz.  The children wanted to see how the two stories intertwine.  They may bring some snacks if they wish to do so.

This weeks star performer award goes to…..

Charlie G for his dedication and commitment to choir.

Tuesday 25th September 2018


All of the children who went to the Empire to watch Wicked were mesmerized throughout the whole show.  The children commented on the vocal display and the brilliant acting.

Charlie: “I liked it when the girls were saying ‘flick flick’ when Glinda was teaching Elphaba how to be more girly.  It was funny.”

Alix:  “WOW, her singing was amazing!”

Amy:  “Thank you so much for taking us, I really enjoyed it.”

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Tuesday 18th September 2018

Thank you to everyone who returned their slips promptly for Wicked.  We are all excited and raring to go.  Children do not need to bring anything and sweets will be provided.  Please remember that we will not get back to school until approx 5:45pm.

Here are some pictures and a video from this weeks practice.


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Tuesday 11th September 2018

 Welcome Back!

We hope that you all had a fantastic summer.

This year more people have applied to be part of choir than ever before.  We have had 35 children from years 3,4,5 and 6 join with children from year 2 patiently awaiting choir to be opened up to their year group.  Miss Hodgson and myself are overwhelmed at the amount of children that want to be part of choir and promote music within school.

Our first practice went really well and the children enjoyed showing Miss Hodgson how to do the actions to ‘Baby Shark.’

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Exciting news!

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In July, we were lucky enough to be able to purchase tickets to see Wicked at the Sunderland Empire Theatre.  Unfortunately, because of the huge uptake, we will not be able to take everyone.  Therefore, the children who were in choir last year will be guaranteed a seat and names will be drawn during Tuesday’s choir practice to fill up the remaining seats.  We feel that this is the fairest way.

If your child has been allocated a place then they will bring home a letter on Tuesday and it must be returned by the end of school on Friday 21st September otherwise their seat will be offered to another child on the waiting list.

If your child has not been allocated a seat don’t worry.  There will be other fantastic events coming up and they will be guaranteed a place for those and all children who stay in choir this year will get to see Annie next year.

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Children are allowed to bring a small snack (piece of fruit, biscuit) and a drink of water or juice to practice if they wish to do so.



Friday 20th July 2018

Our performance went really well and we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came to support the children.  Here are some pictures and videos of the show.

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Miss Hodgson and I would like to once again say a massive thank you to each and everyone of you.  We have both thoroughly enjoyed working with choir this year and we have created so many memories.  Watching the children grow in confidence in amazing and it’s lovely to watch.  Until next year!

Here is the video of our memories.

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Friday 13th July 2018

This week has been a busy week.  We started the week with our pizza party.  The children have worked so hard this year and it’s only right that they deserve a treat.


The children enjoyed lots of dancing and eating lots of pizza.

Wednesday saw the children attend St Peter’s Campus for the ‘Tall Ships Sing Along.’  The official figures are not in yet but it is estimated that over 15,000 children took part, either at the event or through the live link.  Here is the link in case you missed it, or maybe you just want to watch it again. https://connectresound.live/watch/  .  It is believed that the link was used for participants nationally and internationally as far as Vietnam to take part.  This is a massive opportunity and experience for our children to take part in.  The whole of Plains Farm School also sang along at 11 o’clock through the link.  The Sunderland Echo also made a video for their facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/sunderlandechoonline/videos/1829446753765397/


When we first arrived the children were in awe of the huge ships in the background and we did get the chance to have a little look during the break.  The children commented on the people aboard the ships and how they lived their daily lives aboard a ship.  One man even had his washing out on the line.


During lunch, the children were entertained ‘Atlas’ who put on a mini theatre production and songs were also playing in the background.  Lunch time also saw the children attempting to teach Miss Hodgson how to ‘Floss’, (this is a skill that she is yet to master but will continue to practice) and doing the ‘Hokey Cokey.’

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At 1:30 it was our turn to get ready in the wings.  We had lots of team encouragement and we couldn’t wait to be on the stage.  As the children were getting in position on stage,  they realised that Miss Grotz’s trousers had got caught on the metal chair and they had a little giggle.  The first song that the children sang was our very own version of River’s of Babylon which we cleverly adapted to become ‘River of Sunderland’


The second song was ‘Sing.’  The children really gave it their all and Miss Grotz and Miss Hodgson were both close to tears.  We were so proud.

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We have recieved lots of lovely comments.  We thought you might like to see some of them.

I would just like to say a massive well done to Plains Farm Academy School Choir for their amazing singing, I have shed some tears watching all of the videos – Grandparent

You and Miss Hodgson have done amazing with them. It’s boosted Amelia’s confidence levels right up and she absolutely loves being a part of the choir. -Parent

Awww man! They were so amazing! Such an experience. – Parent

We’ll done kids you’ve made Plains Farm Acadamy proud – Parent

Wow!  That sounded amazing from over there. – Spectator

That was fab, you were all amazing. – New Penshaw Academy Teacher

I’ m sure that you will all agree that comments like these help the choir thrive and boosts their confidence so much.

Miss Hodgson and I would like to thank all of the parents who took time out of their busy lives to come along and support us at the event.  Thank you.


Tickets are on sale for our end of year production on Tuesday.  Tickets cost £1 and will commence at 1:30, lasting approximately 1 hour.  It would be lovely to see so many of you there.

Friday 6th July 2018

Our rehearsals are going really well and the children are really taking on board any feedback they are given.  We are all so very excited ready for all of the lovely events taking place.

Tuesday 10th July – (normal choir time) Pizza party.  children do not need to bring anything but can bring a change of clothes if they like.

Wednesday 11th July – Choir will be out of school all day to perform at the ‘tall ships’ event at St Peters Campus.  Unfortunately we have been told that there will be no parking with the grounds for those parents who are planning on joining us there on the day.

Thursday 12th July – Last after school choir practice so please make sure that you attend.

Tuesday 17th July – 1:30pm choir will perform ‘Through the decades’.  Tickets are now on sale, priced at £1 from Miss Grotz or Miss Hodgson.

This weeks star performer is….. Charlie for being a fabulous stand in.  Well done Charlie.

Friday 22nd June 2018

This weeks star performer is….. FreyaThis week we bid farewell to Freya.  Freya has been in our choir for the past 2 years and we are all certainly going to miss her.  She’s been a fantastic role model for the younger children but we are sure that we will see her name up in lights in the not so distant future.  Have a fabulous time in your new school.

We decided to have a bit of a dance party.



The Tall ships event is getting nearer and we will be in touch with parents who put their names down to volunteer on the day when we have finalised the seating numbers.

Friday 15th June 2018

This week we were so excited to try our new t-shirts on.  What do you think?


We have also decided to incorporate one of the songs from ‘Matilda’ the musical into our ‘through the decades show’.  Here is a link to help the children learn the words as the last 2 verses are new to them.

This weeks star performer is….. Georgia.  She turns up for nearly every practice and always puts in 100%.  Well done Georgia.

Just a reminder that choir will still be on as normal next week after the KS2 sports day.

Friday 8th June 2018

This week Miss Grotz and Miss Hodgson have been to collect our t-shirts so that we can wear them at the tall ships events.  The children will be able to keep them at the end of the year as a memento.  We can’t wait to show the children on Tuesday what they look like.

This week also saw the choir get together for a group photo by the photographer in school.  The children were really excited to wear the hoodies.

Our star performer is…..   Macie Mc.


Friday 25th May 2018

After the holidays we will be looking at singing the songs to backing tracks without the words as prompts so could you please make sure that you continue practicing over the half term.

Our star performer is…..   Ava.  She really impressed Miss Grotz this week as she remembered the words to every song that we sang.  Well done Ava.

Choir practice will recommence the first Tuesday back after half term and will continue to be on a Thursday too.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

Friday 18th May 2018

This week the choir went to the Empire Theatre to watch their performance of Matilda.  We were sitting up in the gallery and tho only complaint the children had were climbing the stairs.  The little girl who played Matilda was AMAZING and she well and truly deserved her round of applause at the end.  The rest of the cast were fabulous too and we are delighted that we got the opportunity to go.


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Wasn’t that little girl amazing?


Choir will be on as normal next week on both Tuesday and Thursday.


Friday 11th May 2018

We are all so excited to see Matilda next week.  We will be arriving back at school at approximatly 5:30pm and children must be collected by an adult on the contact list, even if they would normally walk home alone.  Children can bring a small packet of sweets if they wish.

This week our rehearsals are in full swing, with children taking the opportunity on a Thursday to have more structured small group support to work on their performances.


This week’s star performer is…..   Holly.  She always listens to the advice that we give her and works hard.  Well done Holly.

Friday 4th May 2018

Our rehearsals are well underway to prepare for the summer performance.  The children are practicing hard.

Tuesday will continue to be the main day that we all get together to rehearse as a choir and Thursday’s practices are a great opportunity if you are stuggling with lyrics, pitch and and group and solo parts.

This week’s star performer is…..

Kyra.  Kyra thought about leaving choir a few weeks ago but decided to stay and she has shown great dedication and remembers her words every week.  Well done Kyra.


We are still awaiting some reply slips.  Matilda is getting closer so please make sure that your slip is returned so that you don’t miss out on the opportunity to go.


Friday 27th April 2018

First of all, we would like to thank all of the parents for attending the meeting on Tuesday about the upcoming events and arrangement.  Your continued support is really appreciated.  Also a special thank you to the parents that volunteered to come to the tall ships event with us.

This week we have been continuing to break down some of the tracks ready for our performance in July.  It is lovely to see the children step out into the spotlight and show off their abilities.  It wonderful to see the children blossoming.

Have a listen to ‘Something inside so strong.’

This is just one of the examples of the songs featured on the CD that we recorded.  If you haven’t already bought one, today is the last day for orders.  It really is a brilliant momento.  Miss Hodgson likes to listen to her copy on the way to and from school in the car and I have mine playing in the kitchen when i’m baking.

This week’s star performer is….

Macie S (y2).  She auditioned for a small group part and we were super impressed as we know how nervous she was.  Well done Macie.


Please make sure that you have returned your permission slip for Matilda and the Tall Ships, making sure that you read carefully the part about photographs.

Friday 20th April 2018

Welcome back!  We hope that you all enjoyed the Easter holidays.

This week we sent home a letter about additional choir practices.  These will be held on a Thursday starting the 26th of April.  These sessions are to help the children with their skills ready for the summer performance.  This will be an ideal time to practice solo’s, duets and small group work as also to practice any words that they may be struggling with.

This week myself and Miss Hodgson had a meeting with Miss Cassidy to put dates in the diary.

Here they are:

Wednesday16th May –  Matilda performance at the Sunderland Empire.  Children will recieve a letter on Tuesday.  This will be totally free of charge.  More details will be on the letter.

Tuesday 10th July – Pizza party.  We are having this slightly earlier this year and this will be to thank all of the children for their hard work, dedication and commitment.  Again this is free of charge as ticket sales will pay for this.

Wednesday11th July – Choir will be attending the Tall Ships Event at the National Glass Centre/St Peter’s Campus.  We will be contributing towards the world record attempt at 11 o’clock and delivering our own songs at 1:40.  Again, this is free of charge.  Letters will be sent out shortly.

Thursday 12th July – This will be the last after school choir practice 🙁

Tuesday 17th July – Our performance of ‘Through the Decades’.  Tickets will be on sale nearer the time and will cost £1.  Money raised will pay for the pizza party.

We are also hoping that the KS2 members of choir will be able to attend a Matilda Workshop at the Sunderland Empire but we are currently waiting on a date from the venue.

This week in choir we started to audition for solos and duets.  This was a fantastic opportunity for myself and Miss Hodgson to see the children standing at the front, singing confidently, showing off their talents.  So, this week we have decided that our Star Performer is:  Maisie H.  Everyone was super impressed when she sang a track from the Greatest Showman.  Well done Maisie.

Our school Cd

This week the CD’s finally arrived!!! How exciting.  Tonight the children will bring home a letter.  This is your last chance to buy one if you haven’t already done so.  They are priced at £7.99 and we have already had lots of good feedback about the tracks.  Miss Cassidy has even has it playing in the entrance hall.


Some of the children recieving their CD.
Some of the children recieving their CD.


Friday 23rd March 2018

Our new song!

This week we tweaked an old classic and made it current to contain information about the tall ships.  What do you think? (To the tune of Rivers of Babylon)

By the river of Sunderland
Where we sit down
At st Peters camp
Where we watch the tall ships

By the river of Sunderland
Where we all sing
Yeah we will
To celebrate the tall ships

But the music carries us away creatively
Required from us a song
How can we sing the mackem song
In a strange land

By the river of Sunderland
Where we sit down
At st Peters camp
Where we watch the tall ships

By the river of Sunderland
Where we all sing
Yeah we will
To celebrate the tall ships


This week we also began our discussion about our summer performance.  We will begin auditions after Easter but if children have an idea they can practise their song ready.

Friday 16th March 2018

What a busy week!

The week started with announcing our competition winner for the front cover design for the CD.  Amelia was overwhelmed with pride and joy receiving her award in assembly.


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On Tuesday, each class recorded their class song with Chris the sound engineer.  As always, the choir did an amazing job and even reduced Miss Hodgson to tears. Chris commented on the use of dynamics the choir used in their songs and how impressed he was with their talents (Whoo hoo)!

Here are some photographs of the choir recording their voices:


The CD’s are still on sale and can be ordered from Miss Grotz.  They will also be available to pre-order at the Easter Fair on the 27th March.  Hopefully they shouldn’t take too long to arrive, but we’re sure that they are definitely worth the wait.

On Wednesday, Sunderland Music Hub mentioned Plains Farm choir on their facebook and twitter page and said how hard the children are working.  The link posted takes you to our blog (this page).  This was a pleasant surprise and the children were delighted that their progress has been recognised.

On Thursday the children brought home a letter about social media posts that could occur in the future, so if you have any objections to your child being photographed and used on social media posts by the Sunderland Music Hub or partner companies etc then could you please return the slip.  If children are used in any posts that we know of we will inform parents via this blog.

Here is a screenshot of their posts:


Thursday also included a visit from Sally.  We knew that we had been working super hard on the feedback that she gave us last time and this time we didn’t fail to impress.

That’s really made my day.  They’ve come such a long way in such a short space of time and they pick up what we’re teaching them really quickly – Sally


Isn’t that fantastic!  Miss Hodgson and myself are super proud of each and every member of the choir and as always they give 110% when asked.  Well done!

Our Star Performers this week are:

EVERYONE!!!!! but a special mention has to go to Freya as Sally was super impressed when she got the notes spot on.  Well done Everyone.

Up coming events:

27th March –  Easter Fair.


Friday 12th March 2018

We hope that you all had fun last week in the snow and enjoying making memories.  Unfortunatly because of the Snow Sally was not able to make it last week but we have re-arranged and she will be working with choir on Thursday 15th, in the afternoon.

The CD recording will take place on Tuesday and the winner of the Cd cover design will be announced in Monday’s assembly.  The children are excited to find out who the winner is as they know it is a choir member.

Tonight the children took home the words to ‘Sing’ and we would appreciate if they could learn the words, just so that are more confident in the delivery on Tuesday.

CD’s can be ordered from myself (Miss Grotz) up until the end of March.  If you have lost your letter, dont worry, there will be another 2 coming out or you could just put the money in a bag/envelope with a note.

Friday 23rd February 2018

This week, choir have been practising the songs that we need to learn in preparation for next week and again in July.  We are going to be soooooo busy in the run up to the end of the summer term with lots of events upcoming.  Watch this space!

On Wednesday, Sally will be visiting and working with choir and we cant wait to show off our talents.  She was super impressed last time!  We look forward to her feedback this time too!

Orders for the school CD can be pre-ordered at any time from Miss Grotz.  The recording will take place on Tuesday 13th March.

The track list so far looks like this:

EYFS – Alice the camel

Year 1 – Rhythm in the way we walk

Year 2 – Hands, feet, heart

Year 3 – Three little birds

Year 4 – Stop!

Year 5 – Livin’ on a prayer

Year 6 – Happy

Choir – Jack he was a Sunderland lad

Choir – Heroes (We could be)

Choir – Something inside so strong

Choir –  Sing



Friday 9th February 2018

Firstly, a huge thank you to all of the children who took the time to design a cover for our school CD.   The competition is now CLOSED.  Its going to be a hard decision, but the winner will be announced after half term.

Each class is working hard on their class song and we have been practising in Tuesdays singing assemblies to make them sound even better.

This week we took our singing into the hall.  We worked on some warm up techniques and looked at some songs to deliver at the tall ships event in July.  We have decided on a couple of songs so if the children could learn the words at home that would help their performance.

The songs are:

  • Jack he was a Sunderland Lad
  • Three little Birds – Bob Marley
  • We could be heroes – Alesso
  • Reach – S Club 7
  • Sing – Gary Barlow and the Military Housewives
  • Something inside so strong

Here are some photographs from this weeks session.


Enjoy your half term and don’t forget that you can bring a drink (preferably water or juice, not fizzy drinks) and a small snack.

Up Coming Events:

Sally from the voices foundation will be in school to see the choir on Wednesday 28th February.  We can’t wait to show her how much we’ve progressed as a choir.


Friday 2nd February 2018

Choir sessions every week appear to be getting more and more entertaining!  We laughed all the way through.

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For some reason, the children love this song and every opportunity to sing it they will.

We also now have……..wait for it……. the Louie Challenge!

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Then, if it wasnt enough that Miss Hodgson joined in, but most of choir did too!

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We started to look at a song sung in different parts to learn, ready for when Sally comes back to visit, to show her that we have listened to her advice and we are aiming to knock her socks off.  ‘Something inside so strong’ is a lovely song and for a first practise it went quite well.  What do you think?  CXJU8849[1] (click link to listen)

Each week, we will decide on a member to be ‘Performer of the Week’.

This week was very tough as we had so much fun.  However after some deliberation, we could only narrow it down to 4:

So, our Star Performers this week are:

Rosie, Freya and Rhianon for their contribution to ‘Something inside so strong’.


and the whole group decided that Lewis should be too for his fab dance moves.


Just a reminder that children can bring a little drink and a snack to rehearsals if they would like to.

Up coming events:

Entries for the CD cover deadline is Friday 9th February

Sally from the Coral Leadership team will visit on Wednesday 28th February

Sound engineers will be in school to record the school Cd on Tuesday 13th March (don’t forget that you can pre-order copies from Miss Grotz)

Friday 26th January 2018

Well, choir was very entertaining this week!  The children have decided that their theme for this years summer performance will be ‘through the decades.’

So….Miss Grotz spent a looooonnnggggggg time on you tube and the internet looking for entertaining and appropriate songs to learn.

The children especially loved The Witch Doctor –

Ooh Eeh Ooh Ah Aah Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing …

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 Go Lewis!!

If you have any ideas of songs that we could learn from any decade from the 50’s – current,  that are appropriate please let us know.

We also like to hear from you if you know of any songs about the sea, rivers or Sunderland that we could rehearse, ready for Sally’s next visit.

Friday 19th January 2018

This week we had some exciting news to share with the children.  In March we will have a sound engineer coming into school to record a cd with the children.  Each year group, and choir, will have a song based on our ‘Charanga’ Music program, to learn ready to record on the day.  Cd’s will be available to buy for £7.99.

In singing assembly, the whole school looked at the song that Sally asked us to learn in preparation for the ‘Tall Ships’ event.  The song is called ‘Jack he was a Sunderland Lad’ and the children are picking it up really well.

Here are the lyrics:

Jack he was a Sunderland Lad, a Sunderland lad, a Sunderland Lad

Jack he was a Sunderland Lad, a Sunderland lad was he.

He worked up on the keelboats, the keelboats, the keelboats

He worked up on the keelboats upon the River Wear.

He went and joined the Navy, the Navy, the Navy

He went and joined the Navy, then sailed away to sea.

He did his deed of bravery, of bravery, of bravery

He did his deed of bravery, then came back home again

He went back to the keelboats, the keelboats, the keelboats

He went back to the keelboats – upon the River Wear

He sadly died of fever, of fever, of fever

He sadly died of fever, but we think of him today

Jack he was a Sunderland Lad, a Sunderland lad, a Sunderland Lad

Jack he was a Sunderland Lad, a Sunderland lad was he.

In choir we looked at lots of other songs that Sally taught Miss Grotz and Miss Hodgson, they included the very funny ‘Who stole my chickens?’ song.

Our music room in coming on fabulously as you can see:


I’m sure that the wall will be overloaded with musical achievements very quickly!

Children can bring a drink of water or juice and a little snack if they would like to choir practice.

Friday 12th January 2018

Welcome back!  We hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

This week Miss Hodgson and Mrs Cowley attended a session with Charles from the Coral Leadership team.  They learned some warm-up techniques and looked at some conducting skills which they will be using with the children.  This was the first session Mrs Cowley attended and she found herself laughing constantly and thoroughly enjoyed it.

During the holidays Miss Grotz and Miss Hodgson worked hard in the music room to set it up and arrange it a bit better so that it looks more inviting.  We will add some photographs next week when we have put up the display so that you can see for yourself the changes that we are making.  The children often spend time performing in here when we have rehearsals for performances during school time and when Sally from the Coral Leadership Team visits.  We are sure she will be super impressed with the changes that we have made to our music room.

Choir will be up and running again from Tuesday 16th January.  Children do not need to return the club membership letter that went out this week as their place is safe throughout the year and there are currently no spaces at the moment.

Friday 22nd December

What a busy week we’ve had! On Monday and Tuesday we performed at Sainsbury’s for the shoppers.  The choir did an amazing job singing their songs and performing, even though we decided to add in a few extra at the last minute!  A huge well done to George, for using the drums to make ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ sound even better and the Year 5 and 6 girls for using the jingle bells.


We managed to raise £400.54 in total.  WOW!!!!.  The money raised will be spent on the choir to attend trips and have parties etc.

Lots of shoppers made lovely comments and told the children that they were doing a fantastic job and to keep it up. One shopper also commented on how well behaved the children were.  She said they were a credit to our school.

Mrs Hedley also bought the children some yummy treats and we really enjoyed eating those on the way back. 🙂 We were so hungry after all of that singing, it was a much needed (and well deserved) treat.

So, to celebrate, we had to throw a party!

Here are some photographs of our fantastic dance moves and celebrations.


Last, but not least, Miss Grotz, Miss Hodgson and Mrs Cowley would like to say a huge thank you to, not only every single child in the choir but also parents for their support.  Together we will continue to make choir a fun place.


From us all, Merry Christmas, stay save and enjoy every minute with your loved ones.

Up coming events:

Choir will not be on the first week back, but will be up and running again on Tuesday 16th January 2018!

Friday 15th December

A huge thank you to everyone that attended the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ last night.  We didn’t expect as many people to attend as they did.  The children were delighted, so thank you.

Here are some photographs from the performance.


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The children did an amazing job.  Well done once again.

Up coming events:

Monday 18th December and Tuesday 19th December – Carol Singing at Sainsbury’s

Please feel free to come along and support the children if you wish.

Choir will still be on this Tuesday (19th December).  We thought it would be a good idea to have a little party to celebrate what we have achieved this term.

Friday 8th December

What a busy week!  Our Christmas performances are getting closer so we’ve squeezed in practises where we can.


We have listened to Sally’s advice and looked at how we can improve our voices and abilities to deliver the best performance.

Up coming events:

Thursday 14th December – Carols by Candlelight. 3:30pm

(Please make sure all children have returned their permission slip)

A little message from Year 2 choir members:

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Friday 1st December

In choir this week, we have been practicing our carols ready for our performances.  All children who attended on Tuesday have received a letter and this should be returned to Miss Grotz A.S.A.P if you haven’t already done so.

Up coming events:

Thursday 14th December – Carols by Candlelight. 3:30pm

Monday 18th December and Tuesday 19th December – Carol Singing at Sainsbury’s

Friday 24th November 2017

Welcome to Choir’s first blog!

Choir staff:  Miss Grotz, Miss Hodgson and Mrs Cowley.

This week we had a visit from Sally, who works for the Coral Leadership Program.  She will be working with ourselves and the children to make our singing even better ready for the ‘Tall ships’ event in July.  This is where the Sunderland Music Hub are aiming to get as many children singing the same song at the same time.  (Keep watching this blog after Christmas for more information on this.)

The children really enjoyed working with Sally.  We sang some of our songs that we have been rehearsing, ready to deliver them to the school and the shoppers at Sainsbury’s.

“I enjoyed it when we did the tongue twisters to warm  up our voices.  Red lorry, yellow lorry was the trickiest one.” –  Holly Year 4

“It was nice to show Sally the songs that we have been learning.” – Georgia Year 4


After Sally’s visit, it was lovely to receive an email with some feedback.  Within it, there were some lovely comments that we would like to share.

“The choir is clearly an aspirational element of school life and all the children are happy to be there.  The choir makes a lovely, unforced sound.”

Well done everyone, we are so proud of your talents and you all clearly impressed our visitors too!

Up coming events:

Thursday 14th December – Carols by Candlelight. 3:30pm

Monday 18th December and Tuesday 19th December – Carol Singing at Sainsbury’s

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