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12 Jun

Year 5 - Music

Year 5 have begun their singing unit. The children have been listening and comparing a variety of music genres. The children have been learning and understanding vocal warm ups to maximise their voices and to project them without shouting.

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15 May

Reception Junior Jam

Today Reception class were lucky enough to have Junior Jam sessions this afternoon. They took part in music, learning about melodies, French, where they recapped their numbers and colours through songs and also computing, where they could use an iPad and work with a partner to complete challenges. Super sitting, listening and joining in in Reception, Well done!

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14 May

Reception: Songs of Praise

Our Ducklings enjoyed our class worship today. We sang two of our favourites, build up and make a difference. We then learnt a new song called ‘We’re all together again’ which is all about everybody being a valued member of our class. The children really enjoyed it and sang beautifully. We ended our worship with some very thoughtful prayers by Edward, Summer, Cici and Hollie.

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14 May

Little Voices after school club

Our Little Voices after school club had lots of fun playing games to develop their confidence and they then practised the song that they will be performing to their parents next week.

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9 May

Year 4 - Music: Major and Minor

This week in Year 4, the children learned about major chords and minor chords, that major scale sounds happy and the minor scale sounds sad. They learned to play ‘Happy Birthday’ in both scales on a keyboard so that they could hear the difference.

Image of Year 5 - Music
8 May

Year 5 - Music

This week, Year 5 began to practice their keyboard skills, learning a variety chords and began to work through the chord progression. The children put chords together to create a piece of music.

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17 Apr

Little Voices After School Club

What a super first session with Little Voices! Our little superstars played several games that helped to develop their confidence and they learnt and performed an amazing song! Well done everyone! There are still places available if you would like your child to take part for the next five weeks on Tuesday evenings. CONTACT HAYLIE: Email: [email protected] Mobile: 07717 711715

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24 Mar

Palm Sunday Service

A huge well done to our choir for singing beautifully during our Palm Sunday Service. Congratulations to Oscar and Tristan for showing lots of courage when being thrown in the deep end with their solos. We are so proud of you! Thank you to Rev Ben for inviting us, it was such a lovely service.

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20 Mar

Reception: Music

Our Ducklings enjoyed a lovely music lesson this afternoon. Reception learnt all about beats and different music types. Super listening and showing lots of respect to the junior jam staff too. Well done Reception!

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20 Mar

Year 6- Matilda in the West End

Year 6 watched Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End. We had seats in the stalls so we had a great view. The children’s faces were priceless as they were so mesmerised by the production and in particular the child actors and actresses. We hope it’s given them some ideas and confidence for their end of year Jungle Book production. 

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13 Mar

Reception Rhyme time

It was a lovely rhyme time this week, we sang some of our favourite songs and enjoyed a story. Thank you to those grown ups who attended this morning, as always there is tea and coffee for those who are able to come along with us.

Image of Year 1- Music
13 Mar

Year 1- Music

This week in music, Year 1 created some music on the glockenspiels to play alongside a story.

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6 Mar

Let’s Go Sing concert 2024

Wow, we are so proud of our school choir for their amazing singing and enthusiastic actions this evening at the Let’s go sing concert at King George’s Hall. I’ve loaded some videos onto class dojo and the photos can be found here: https://www.stbarnabasdarwen.co.uk/photo-galleries/let-s-go-sing-concert-2024 A huge thank you to Mrs Govan for her wonderful leadership of our choir and to Mrs Wilkinson for her support this afternoon. Thank you to all of our choir parents for their support in helping the children learn their words and for supporting them this evening. We are hoping to have more choir members next year and will be opening choir open to more KS2 children in the next few weeks. If your child is interested in joining, they are welcome to come along on Thursday lunchtimes to give it a try. It was an absolute pleasure to watch our children sing their hearts out. They will be performing their favourite song in worship on Friday. You are very welcome to join us.

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28 Feb

Reception: Imagine That Educational Visit

Wow, what a fantastic day our Ducklings had today. We visited Imagine That in Liverpool and had lots of fun! The children did lots of experiments with dry ice, made magical snow and made slime too. They used their imaginations in the roleplay area, painted a car, explored the creative area and made their own magnets. They were well behaved and represented the school beautifully!

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22 Feb

Year 6 Music

Year 6 started their new music unit which is focused around songwriting with glockenspiels. This week, they looked at target markets and how, similar to a product in DT, their song must appeal to a certain audience.

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8 Feb

Let’s Go Sing Worship

Our choir took part in a workshop with Rachel from Let’s Go Sing. Rachel was amazed at their wonderful singing. Please come and watch our wonderful choir perform at King George’s Hall on 6th March 2024.

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7 Feb

Year 2 - Junior Jam

In Music this week, the children continued to work as a whole class with the boom whackers to create a song. In computing, the children created their own games learning how to add complications within them.

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1 Feb

Year 6 Music

Year 6 really enjoyed their music lesson this week. They have been developing their skills using the boomwhackers by playing various tunes.

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18 Jan

Year 2 - Music

In music this week, we used boom whackers to create different sounds. We created patterns with these sounds as a class. The children love using different instruments and are very lucky that they get the chance to play different instruments.

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17 Jan

Reception: Rhyme and Story Time

Our Ducklings enjoyed their first rhyme and story time of 2024. We sang lots of songs and read Oi, Frog! The children enjoyed joining in with the rhyming couplets. Rhyme and story time continues next week at 9am. Our Reception parents, toddlers and pre school children from our community are welcome to join us.

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16 Jan

Let's Go Sing tickets now on sale!

Our choir will be taking part in a brilliant concert at King George's on Wednesday 6th March. They have been busy rehearsing for months and we can't wait to see them perform! Audience tickets are available online at https://bwdvenues.com/whats-on/ or by ringing the King George’s Hall box office on 01254 582579. Tickets are £8 per adult, U18 £3.50. There is also a small booking fee per ticket charged by KGH.

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12 Jan

Rhyme time and Story time returns

Reception parents and carers are welcome to come and join us for rhyme and story time. Younger siblings, preschool children and toddlers are more than welcome to join us too. This half term rhyme time will be on Wednesday 17th, 24th and 31st January between 9-9.30am in our school hall.

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20 Dec

KS1 Christmas Cracker

We are so proud of our Year 1 and 2 children for their fantastic Christmas Cracker performances. To see all of the photos, please click here: https://www.stbarnabasdarwen.co.uk/photo-galleries/ks1-christmas-cracker Here is the video of the dress rehearsal : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NtkPAWaaymw Please see class dojo for the secure links to the videos. Thank you so much to everyone who came along to support and for the wonderful Christmas clothes that you provided for your child. A huge thank you to our KS1 team, Miss Flynn, Mrs Hegarty, Miss Baxendale and Mr Norris for all of their efforts to create such an amazing show! Our children certainly brought lots of joy to everyone who watched and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Well done Year 1 & 2, you are little singing superstars!

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18 Dec

Year 3- Whitehall Park- Singing Christmas songs and admiring the Artwork

This morning, Year 3 have been out admiring the wonderful artwork created by some of the children from our school. During the visit, they sang Christmas songs, spreading festive cheer to the members of the gardening club. They were amazed by how well they sang their hearts out. They also had the opportunity to have a play in the park before heading back to school.

Image of Year 3- Whitehall Park- Singing Christmas songs and admiring the Artwork
18 Dec

Year 3- Whitehall Park- Singing Christmas songs and admiring the Artwork

This morning, Year 3 have been out admiring the wonderful artwork created by some of the children from our school. During the visit, they sang Christmas songs, spreading festive cheer to the members of the gardening club. They were amazed by how well they sang their hearts out. They also had the opportunity to have a play in the park before heading back to school.

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14 Dec

Choir Christmas Carols at Darwen Market

A huge well done to our amazing choir and Year 6 singers for a wonderful performance today! Thank you to Darwen Market for inviting us. Thanks to everyone who came to watch. We hope we spread some festive cheer and joy to you all!

Image of Year 1&2- A Christmas Cracker Concert
6 Dec

Year 1&2- A Christmas Cracker Concert

Year 1 & 2 have been busy learning the songs and actions for their ‘Christmas Cracker Concert’ which they will be presenting to our whole school and their families in a few weeks. How exciting!

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6 Dec

Reception Nativity

We are so proud of our Ducklings who performed the Nativity today. Their singing was beautiful and they told the story using their loud, clear voices. Their confidence shone and it was enjoyed by all!

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27 Nov

Rhyme and story time begins again in January 2024!

Reception’s rhyme time and story time will begin again on Wednesday 17th January 2024. Rhyme time is not on for the rest of December due to our Christmas nativity rehearsals and performance and our Christmas fair. Preschool children are more than welcome to join us and refreshments will be served afterwards.

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27 Nov

Year 3- P.E- Group Sequence

During P.E., this afternoon, Year 3 was tasked with creating a story sequence using the five dance elements - travel, turn, jump, gesture, and stillness. The first step was to identify the term "villain", and some of the words suggested by the children were "evil", "torture", "threatening", "intimidating", and "mischievous". Once a villain was selected, the children worked in pairs and gradually moved into small groups. They then performed their sequences to the whole class, using music by Stealth. The students did an excellent job portraying their villains and worked extremely well in groups, demonstrating great teamwork.

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22 Nov

Year 5 - Steel Pans

Today, Year 5 have been playing and experimenting making music with the steel pans. The children have been learning to create different sounds depending on where on the steel pan is hit and using that knowledge to create their own tune.

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9 Nov

Choir Workshop

Choir took part in their second Let’s Go Sing Workshop with Gaynor and were excited to learn four new songs for the concert. Gaynor commented on how beautiful the children’s voices were and their fantastic effort, so a big well done to Choir for representing our school so brilliantly.

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2 Nov

Music with Junior Jam in Year 4 - Steel pans

This week we have started to learn how to use the steel pans in our Junior Jam music session. We looked at how to create various sounds and then evaluated each others examples.

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1 Nov

Year 3 - Music - Steel Drums

This term during our music lessons we will be learning how to play the steel drums. The children really loved learning all about the origin of the steel drum and they had great fun having a go.

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31 Oct

Rhyme and Story time begins Wednesday 1st November

Our rhyme and story time starts again tomorrow, Wednesday 1st November from 9-9.30am. Parents, carers and family members are more than welcome to join us with their children from Reception class only. Preschool children, toddlers and babies are also more than welcome to attend.

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12 Oct

Music - Composing Music digitally in Year 4

In our Junior Jam computing session we have been composing music and then evaluating pieces using constructive criticism. The children listened really carefully to each music piece shared and evaluated respectfully.

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11 Oct

Year 3 - Junior Jam Ukulele’s

This week during our music lessons we were learning how to play some actual songs including “Another one bites the dust” and the Harry Potter theme. We also practiced some new chords including A minor, C minor and F major.

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6 Oct

Let's Go Sing Choir Workshop

Our Choir had their first workshop today in preparation for their 'Let's Go Sing' Concert next year. The vocal coach Rachel was so impressed with their efforts and said they were one of the best Choirs she has taught so far this year - so a big well done to our small but mighty Choir!

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28 Sep

Year 4 Music with Junior Jam

In our computing lessons we have been looking at making music using different effects in the garage section. The children really enjoyed composing and evaluating other groups.

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28 Sep

Year 1 Music

Year 1 have been enjoying their Junior Jam sessions. In music, they have been learning to play different pitch patterns on the ukuleles.

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25 Sep

Monday Worship

This week, we practised singing songs for Harvest. It was wonderful to welcome our Ducklings into their first whole school worship. Our older children showed them what to do and helped them with the words and actions. Our choir will be performing this Sunday at church. We would love to see as many of you there to help sing our wonderful harvest songs.

Image of Year 2- Computing.
20 Sep

Year 2- Computing.

In music this week Year 2 have been creating their own piece of dance music by using app “garage band” on the iPad.

Image of Year 2- Music
20 Sep

Year 2- Music

For our music lesson today we learnt how to change the pitch on our ukulele.

Image of Year 4 - Junior Jam Music
20 Sep

Year 4 - Junior Jam Music

The children in Year 4 are thrilled to be learning how to play ukuleles this half term. They are doing an excellent job of playing the chords and reading music.

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13 Sep

Year 2- Music

This week we’ve been introduced to a new instrument. Year 2 have been so excited to play the ukulele and they did an amazing job!

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7 Sep

Year 6 Music

Year 6 have been working hard in their first music session of the year and have been introduced to ukuleles. They showed plenty of enthusiasm and I am sure they will be playing with increased confidence in the coming weeks.

Image of Year 2- Computing and Music
6 Sep

Year 2- Computing and Music

Our first week back has been great so far. We started off our morning with computing. In computing this week we’ve been looking at creating our own music production by using the iPads.

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6 Sep

Year 3 - Junior Jam

We have thoroughly enjoyed having Junior Jam back this week. We have been learning how to say “My name is…” in French along with recapping some words we learnt in Year 2. In computing we have been making some fantastic music and beats on Garage Band and in music we have be learning how to play the ukulele.

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4 Sep

Reception: First day at school

We are so proud of our Ducklings on their first day at school. They have all been superstars. They have been making new friends, exploring our classroom and doing lots of super talking. What a super start to their school journey!

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5 Jul

Reception Junior Jam

Today in junior jam the children had a music lesson, focusing on the role of a conductor. The children were able to name lots of different instruments in an orchestra. We watched a video of a conductor and discussed what they do. We then played a music game called Popcorn where the children copied the actions and followed the music by tapping, stamping, patting and snapping. In our French lesson, the children remembered how to say hello and they knew their numbers up to 10 in french with the help of a song. We then played a game of hide and seek with the numbers to see if we could remember them. The children also played a counting game where they were able to count the pictures of sweets and chocolate in french. They then learned head, shoulders, knees and toes. In our Computing session, the children learned the difference between a photograph and a video. They then went onto the iPads and went on the sketch app to create their own animals. The children showed the Christian value of respect to our junior jam teachers.

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5 Jul

Year 3 Music

During music Year 3 were using both hands to play a tune, holding C with their left hands and playing the tune with the right. Everyone had a really good try and the tunes sounded brilliant. Well done Year 3!

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5 Jul

Year 5- Reading Music

In Year 5, the children explored pulse and rhythm by listening and responding to a range of different film music.

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29 Jun

Year 2 - Music

During this lesson, the children worked really hard to listen and find the notes within a piece of music. They had to listen carefully and identify the notes and recognise the sounds that D, A and F made within a particular piece of music.

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26 May

Year 6 music

In music, year 6 looked at call and response and how it is commonly used within many songs. This was carried through into the class song and allowed the children to practise playing the song as an ensemble.

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25 May

Year 2 - Music

Year 2 have been using a variety of musical instruments and techniques to create their own version of popular music. They have created many beats, loops and final pieces using many different musical instruments.

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23 May

Reception: Outdoor Learning

Reception love outdoor learning. The children enjoy playing sports on the MUGA, making musical instruments out of natural materials, role playing, climbing and balancing.

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17 May

Year 2 - Music

Year 2 have been exploring dynamics within music. They have been working on how they change within a song, what they sound like and if changed how does that make an impact to the feel and sound of the music.

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12 May

Year 5 - Music Clarinets

The class are sounding great on their clarinets now. We started our lesson with a little game to help us learn about keeping in time with each other and then Mr Gardner taught the children how to play a new sea shanty.

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10 May

Rhyme time Notice

Thank you to everybody who has attended our weekly rhyme times and story times. Today is the last one for this half term and they will recommence after the holidays on Wednesday 21st June.

Image of Year 2 - Music
10 May

Year 2 - Music

During year 2’s music lesson they have been focusing on chords in music. Children have opportunities to play many different chord patterns and express themselves creatively in their music session using instruments.

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19 Apr

Year 2 - Junior Jam

The children have been learning and applying their music skills in order to create and understand musical pulses.

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6 Apr

Reception: Rhyme Time

Reception have had a wonderful Easter rhyme time this week. Baby chicks visited our rhyme time. The children all held the chicks and they sang to them as well. The chicks also joined in with our Easter story time.

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5 Apr

Year 5 - Junior Jam Music

Today was our last day using the drum pads. The children showed off their skills with a class play along to the song shot gun. The class have really enjoyed learning all about the drums and what genres of music they are often used in. We can’t wait until next term for our next topic when we will be continuing learning about percussion and playing the boom whackers.

Image of Year 6- The Lion King in the West End
25 Mar

Year 6- The Lion King in the West End

Our Year 6 class and other members of our performing arts club, will be performing their own version of the Lion King at the end of the year. What better way to get some inspiration and tips than to watch The Lion King in the West End at the Lyceum Theatre. All of the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the performance and were fascinated by the imaginative set changes, amazing costumes and fabulous acting, dancing and singing. We are full of ideas and inspiration for our Lion along production now and can’t wait to perform it.

Image of Reception- Junior Jam
22 Mar

Reception- Junior Jam

Today Reception have been very lucky to have three different junior jam sessions today! In the first session, they looked at different songs and focused on how they make you feel. The children listened well to the songs and showed good understanding of the emotions the songs created. They then had a French session where they learned the french word for ‘hello’ and they also learned some numbers in French too! They also had a go at learning the song ‘Frere Jacques.’ They then had a Computing session, where they went onto the iPads, and played a coding game.

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16 Mar

Year 3 Music - Electric Drums

Year 3 have been building on their beat skills during music, working in pairs and showing real perseverance in picking up the beat and maintaining it.

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14 Mar

Reception: Mother’s Day Celebration

It was wonderful to welcome our Mummies and Nannies into Reception today. The children painted pictures and explained why they loved their Mummies and sang some songs. Thank you for being such wonderful ladies, have a fabulous day on Sunday!

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13 Mar

Let’s Go Sing Performance 2023

A huge well done to our school choir for their fabulous performance at the let’s go sing concert tonight. It was a delight to watch you all sing your little hearts out. Thank you so much to Miss Ashworth and Miss Bentham for their commitment to our choir. Thanks to all of the parents, family and friends who came to show their support. I’m sure the children made you so proud as I know they certainly made me the proudest Headteacher ever. Well done you little superstars!

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2 Mar

Year 5- Music with Mr Gardiner

In Music, the Year 5 class had the opportunity to sing their hearts out in their pyjamas. They were all in full spirit and enjoyed every minute of it.

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1 Mar

Reception: Rhyme time and Story time

We enjoyed our first rhyme and story time since half term. The children enjoyed singing a variety of nursery rhymes and we listened to ‘The tiger who came to tea’. Thank you to all of the grown ups who came and it was lovely to see some of our preschool children too. Rhyme time and story time continues next Wednesday at 9am and reception families and preschool children are welcome to join us.

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23 Feb

Year 6 Music

In music, year 6 have been learning about the history of the drum kit and learning to play in time to a metronome using drum machines.

Image of Year 1- Music
22 Feb

Year 1- Music

In music year 1 have been learning all the different parts of the drum and what each part does. Year 1 then had a go on an electric drum machine working in pairs.

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22 Feb

Online Safety: Spotify

Is Spotify hitting the right #OnlineSafety notes?

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10 Feb

Year 5- Music with Mr Gardiner

The Year 5 class are enjoying their weekly music lessons with Mr. Gardiner. Over the past few weeks, the children have been learning how to assemble and play the clarinet. This afternoon, the children have been playing a song introduced to them by Mr. Gardiner.

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2 Feb

Rhyme and Story time

Our rhyme and story time has finished for this half term. Please join us again on 1st March 2023 between 9-9.30am. Reception class families are more than welcome to attend and we also welcome preschool children. Refreshments will be served after.

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2 Feb

Choir Workshop- Let’s Go Sing

This afternoon the choir have taken part in a Let’s Go Sing workshop with one of their fantastic singing instructors! We practiced and perfected our songs, in preparation for our concert at King George’s Hall on Monday 13th March! It has been lovely to see the progress that the children have made with their singing and performing this half term and we cannot wait to dazzle the audience at the concert in March!

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1 Feb

Year 1- Song writing

In music this afternoon we’ve been creating our own word boards to help us create some lyrics for our own song. Your creativity was impressive!

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1 Feb

Year 4- Writing our own lyrics in music

In music today, we wrote our own lyrics to a scene from a short film.

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1 Feb

Year 5 - Music Songwriting

During music for the next couple of weeks we will be writing our own songs using the glockenspiel to create a melody. We have been learning what different parts of a song are called and which order they would normally go in to create a typical pop song. We have also been learning about the difference between rapping and singing.

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18 Jan

Reception: Rhyme time

We had a brilliant rhyme and story time this morning in Reception. Thank you to our Mummies and Grandma’s who came today. Rhyme time is on every Wednesday morning at 9am. Preschool children and parents from Reception are welcome to join us.

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18 Jan

Year 2 - Junior Jam

This week in junior jam, year 2 have been learning about a variety of music genres, creating lyrics and exploring different music styles.

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5 Jan

Year 5- Junior Jam- Songwriting

This week in music, Year 5 have been improving their song-writing ability. Over the course of the term, the children will be introduced to different techniques to help write lyrics and improve vocal melodies. They also worked really hard in French and Computing.

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4 Jan

Year 3- Junior Jam

Today year 3 have been recapping colours in French and also learnt the days of the week, sharing which day of the week was their favourite day. During computing the class worked in pairs and used iPads to write out a piece of information, they had to use the correct font, size and grammar. In music today, lots of different pieces of music were played, by different artists, they then voted if they thought that artist had written the song or not.

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18 Dec

Lantern Parade in Whitehall Park

We had a lovely sing a long in The Rose Garden this afternoon! Due to the ice and weather, we were unable to walk around the park, however we still managed to spread some Christmas cheer! Thank you to those who could make it and wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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11 Dec

Carols by Candlelight

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the Carols by Candlelight Service. Our choir sang brilliantly and well done to Jenson for his lovely reading. It was wonderful to hear one of previous choir members, Isaac, singing a beautiful solo too. It really does feel like Christmas now.

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8 Dec

Year 6 music

Year 6 have worked hard to improve their keyboard skills this week in their music lesson.

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30 Nov

Year 2 - Exploring rock and guitar music

Year 2 have been exploring and creating rock and guitar music.

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25 Nov

Rhyme Time starts again on 11th January

Reception’s rhyme time and story time will begin again on Wednesday 11th January. Preschool children are more than welcome to join us and refreshments will be served afterwards.

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25 Nov

Rhyme Time starts again on 11th January

Reception’s rhyme time and story time will begin again on Wednesday 11th January. Preschool children are more than welcome to join us and refreshments will be served afterwards.

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16 Nov

Reception: Rhyme Time

This week the children celebrated world nursery rhyme week. We sang lots of different rhymes including the big ship sails, 5 little speckled frogs and down in the jungle. We did lots of super singing and dancing. We finished our rhyme time with a story called ‘The Leaf Thief’.

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9 Nov

Reception Rhyme Time

Reception have had another rhyme time session today. They joined in well using the instruments and sang along to the different nursery rhymes from the rhyme time bag. The best songs were ‘Old McDonald Had a Farm’ and ‘5 Cheeky Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.’ We ended with a story, ‘A squash and a squeeze’.

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9 Nov

Year 1- Music

This afternoon in year 1 they have been learning about timbre and different sounds in music. They experimented on the keyboard using different sound effects.

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2 Nov

Reception’s First Rhyme Time

Today Reception had their first Rhyme Time session. They joined in using their instruments and singing the different nursery rhymes. They listened and participated well and had amazing singing voices!

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2 Nov

Year 3- Junior Jam

Year 3 have had a very busy morning in Junior Jam, they started off with French, building on their knowledge of numbers. During Computing they used iPads to code their initials. Finally during music they worked with a partner to use a keyboard, looking at the different notes. Excellent listening and participation throughout. Well done Year 3!

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2 Nov

Year 2 - Junior Jam - creating a bass line

Year 2 creating a bass line for a funk song using the keyboard during junior jam.

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17 Oct

Choir club

It’s lovely to hear how much our choir club are improving with their singing each week. We can’t wait to hear them singing in church on Thursday for our Harvest Festival.

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12 Oct

Year 2 - Junior Jam

Year 2 exploring music and computing during junior jam.

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5 Oct

Year 4 - Harmonies

Year 4 have been learning about harmonies and singing a Capella in their Junior Jam music sessions this week.

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28 Sep

Year 1- Creating freestyle music

Year 1 have been working in pairs to create their own freestyle music using the app garage band.

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28 Sep

Year 4 - Computing

In computing today, Year 4 created drum and bass music using FX.

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28 Sep

Year 2- Junior Jam - Creating their own Hip Hop music

Year 2- Junior Jam - Creating their own Hip Hop music

Image of Year 2 - Junior Jam - Singing
28 Sep

Year 2 - Junior Jam - Singing

Year 2 - Junior Jam - Singing

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27 Sep

Choir Let’s Go Sing Workshop

This afternoon, the choir took part in a singing workshop with Let’s Go Sing! We warmed up our voices and listened to and sang some of the songs that we will be performing, at a concert in March at King George’s Hall.

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23 Sep

Music- Year 5

Year 5 is having an absolute blast with Mr Gardiner. The children look forward to their music lesson to see what he has in store for them. During today's lesson, the children were making sounds using their breathing techniques. Over the next few weeks, they will learn how to make notes and play music using the clarinet.

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22 Sep

Year 6 Music

Fantastic singing from year 6 during their junior jam session.

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22 Sep

Year 6 computing

Year 6 have been learning about the second form of remixing by doing genre changing. They have been remixing a vocal stem and changing the genre.

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15 Sep

Year 6 Junior Jam

Beatboxing with Junior Jam!

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19 Jul

Year 6 Oliver Production

On the hottest day on record, our Year 6 children put on a fabulous production of Oliver. They blew us away with their amazing acting, singing and dancing. We are so proud of how well each child learned their lines, encouraged each other and gave it their all. Wow, I am so incredibly proud of each and every single one of our amazing Year 6 children! What a way to end their time at St Barnabas! Thank you so much to their parents for the support with learning lines, songs and costumes. A huge thank you to Mr Prescott for his dedication and for working really hard with the children on their lines, acting and songs. Thanks to Miss Craig, Lily and Jack for their amazing props. Thank you to Mrs Wilkinson for filming and to our FOSB for serving much needed refreshments. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children the songs although I don’t think I will get them out of my head for months. I’m sure you will be the same too. It’s been great to see them all let themselves go and enjoy themselves. Here is the link to the photos: https://www.stbarnabasdarwen.co.uk/photo-galleries/oliver-production-year-6-2022 Here is the link to the video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FJRaZf-_Ivg Our whole school family watched the dress rehearsal this morning and they loved it. Well done to all of Year 6 for a fantastic performance on the hottest day of the year!

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11 Jul

Year 2 St Barnabas Church Visit

Year 2 have had a lovely afternoon visiting Lillian and Glenda at St Barnabas Church! Lillian spoke to the children about the different things that happen in a Church and the different things that you will find in a Church, like the altar, font and lectern. We then created our own crosses and created our own class family of people. The children also managed to have a quick play on the organ!

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7 Jul

- Junior Jam- Year 5

In computing, the children have been detectives trying to solve a real crime that happened many years ago. They have been working in small groups watching the clues given to work out who the prime suspect is. In drama, the children have been working on stage directions to create an informed performance. The children will have an opportunity to show case what they have learnt to the class. In music this week, they have been using a variety of musical instruments with increasing accuracy, to conduct their performances.

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29 Jun

Reception Junior Jam

Today the children had a junior jam session. They started with a dance session to warm up and they were given some scarves to use. They then had a go at singing ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin. They were amazing at remembering the lyrics to the song ! The next session was Music where they learned all about the instruments Boomwackers. They were shown how to use the boomwackers and discussed how they make their sound. They even had a go at using them and learned the names of the different notes. In the next session they watched some clips and they were asked to identify how the characters were feeling. They then used a new app this week called Toon Tastic to make a setting and characters to create a story- they had to create a beginning, a middle and an end for their story.

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28 Jun

Whole School Singing Worship led by St Barnabas Choir!

Well done to our school choir for planning and leading our whole school singing worship this morning! During choir club on Monday, the children decided on their favourite worship songs and we voted on 5 songs to sing in worship today! The school particularly enjoyed singing My Lighthouse and School Rules!

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23 Jun

Buckingham Palace & St Jame’s Park

We’ve just had a singalong of the National Anthem in front of Buckingham Palace! We’ve learnt so much from our guide Liz.

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22 Jun

Reception Junior Jam

The children have been involved in some junior jam sessions this morning. The started off with a performing arts session which involved learning about characters from the story/film of Aladdin. They discussed which characters were bad and which ones were good. They then learned some dance moves to ‘Arabian Nights’ from Aladdin. In the music session they learned about the importance of warming up their voices when singing, so to not hurt or damage their muscles in their throat. They also listened to some songs and discussed which songs they thought sounded sad and which ones sounded happy. They then sang ‘If your happy and you know it’ to understand and demonstrate the different emotions in the song. We then had a technology session, where the children learned the difference between a video and a photograph. They then had a go on the iPads where they played a coding Safari game.

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22 Jun

Year 3 Music - Playing musical instruments

Year 3 have been playing a variety of musical instruments in Music lessons.

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15 Jun

Junior Jam

This morning year 6 used a variety of instruments to follow beats in music, the level of difficulty increased as they worked their way through. Although the classroom was a little noisy, much fun was had and they were given the opportunity to perform their piece at the end of the lesson.

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11 May

Reception Junior Jam Sessions

Reception have been fantastic in taking part in the different junior jam sessions. They started off with a street dance session where they learned the importance of warming up and cooling down during exercise. After that, they learned all about musical instruments and had a go at playing the glockenspiels. The last session involved using the iPads to problem solve on the coding safari game.

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29 Apr

Let’s go sing concert at Ewood Park!

A huge well done to our choir for their enthusiasm and super singing tonight. It took me over an hour to get there due to being stuck in the horrendous traffic around Ewood Park but it was certainly worth the wait to see these beaming smiles! Thank you to our choir parents for your support and patience tonight. I hope you managed to see some of the concert. A huge thank you to Miss Ashworth and Mrs Hargreaves for all of their effort in helping the children learn the songs. Our choir will be singing one of their favourite songs from the concert in Worship tomorrow so please come along to watch if you are free. Well done choir, you little superstars! I am so proud of you all!

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21 Apr

Junior Jam- Year 5

Outdoors photography with Mr Toal from Junior Jam plus outdoors music with Miss Kennedy and street dance with Miss Anderton.

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19 Apr

Darwen Rotary Club - Create a gift for the Queen Competition

Good Morning, As you can see from the poster, we have a fantastic competition being run by Darwen Rotary Club, and we would love for the children in our school to take part. We are inviting the children to create a gift for the Queen to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, this is to be completed at home. The gift can be of any style they wish. We are looking for originality and inspiration from the children. Possible ideas are a poem, a song, a model, a piece of artwork - the list goes on! Please can all gifts be completed and brought into school ready for judging by Wednesday 11th May. We will judge the best 10 pieces for KS1 and the best 10 for KS2 and then arrange for a Rotarian to call into school and choose the final 3 winners for each category. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places from each Key Stage. All the winning entries from each school will then go on display in Darwen Market Hall on the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend, and on Saturday 4th June, 2 overall winners (1 for KS1 and 1 for KS2) will be selected from all the 1st place entries and the winners will win a tiled mural for their school! This is a very exciting opportunity and we would love for our children to get involved, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask. We look forward to seeing some fantastic gifts for the Queen! Mrs Govan- Art and Design Leader

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5 Apr

Choir workshop

This afternoon the choir took part in their final singing workshop, before our concert at Ewood Park! The children sounded absolutely fantastic and it has been wonderful to see how much the children have blossomed and grown in confidence in choir!

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25 Mar

Reading Notes Clarinet- Year 5

The children have been really enjoying their music lessons with Mr Gardiner. On Friday, they learnt how to read notes and were able to play them on the clarinet by breaking the song down into smaller sections.

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17 Mar

Year 6- Junior Jam

Year 6 had a great morning with their Junior Jam teachers.

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9 Mar

Year 6- Junior Jam

Year 6 had a great Wellbeing Wednesday learning how to play the ukulele in music and had fun on the tablets in computing.

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3 Mar

Choir Let’s Go Sing Singing Workshop

Our school choir have taken part in a singing workshop this morning, with specialist singing teachers from Let’s Go Sing. We practiced some of the songs ready for our concert at Ewood Park in April.

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2 Mar

Reception Rhyme Time

It was so lovely to have parents back in school joining us for our morning Rhyme Time with Reception. We have missed our weekly sing songs in the hall and the children were so pleased to see everyone. Thank you to everyone who joined us and we will hopefully see you all again next week for some more rhymes and fun!

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28 Feb

Reception: Dance

Today in Reception the children learnt some new dance moves and how to dance in time to Music. They did really well!

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23 Feb

Year 3 Music - playing the ukulele

Year 3 have begun to learn how to play the ukulele.

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2 Feb

Year 6- Junior Jam

Year 6 had lots of fun in Junior Jam, trying out accents in drama, singing and making badges on a device, to represent their interests.

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20 Jan

Year 3 Junior Jam- Well-being Wednesday

In Junior Jam’s Drama, Year 3 have been looking at play scripts and their features. They have taken on the role of characters and a narrator. In computing, they have been looking at e-mails. In Music they have been carrying out breathing exercises in order to improve their singing.

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12 Jan

Year 3: Music

In Music, Year 3 have been learning about the importance of posture. Good posture supports singing.

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14 Dec

Outdoor exploration in Reception

Reception love to use the outdoors in all weathers. We have been building houses, making potions, building bug houses and performing on our stage.

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1 Dec

Marvellous music in Year 3

In music we have been learning how to notate our compositions on manuscript paper. We love well-being Wednesdays!

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1 Dec

Wellbeing Wednesday in Year 6

Today in Junior Jam, Year 6 performed street dance moves, identified instruments from around the world and started creating their own video games, based on space invaders.

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24 Nov

Wellbeing Wednesday in Year 6

Today during Junior Jam Year 6 have been listening to different 80’s and 90’s music. In computing they explored variables in games and they also built on their dance routine from last week.

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18 Nov

Well-being Wednesday - Year 5

Year 5 really look forward to their sessions on Wednesday. They have the opportunity to dance, create music and do computing with Junior Jam.

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17 Nov

World Nursery Rhyme Week

Today, the children took part in Wold Nursery Rhyme week during our weekly rhyme time. We enjoyed singing and dancing to lots of different nursery rhymes. The children all received a certificate at the end. Thank you to everybody who came, we hope you had as much fun as we did!

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10 Nov

Junior Jam in Year 6

Year 6 have had a great fun in their Junior Jam sessions today, including computing, dance and music.

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4 Nov

Year 3 Keyboards

Year 3 have started learning how to play chords on the keyboards as part of their music taught by Miss Kennedy from Junior Jam this half term.

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3 Nov

Reception’s Rhyme time

Today was our first rhyme time where parents and grandparents joined us. We had so much fun and really enjoyed using the instruments and props to sing lots of different nursery rhymes. Thank you so much to all those who were able to join us. We can’t wait for next week! Rhyme times will be every Wednesday where parents and family members are welcome to come for refreshments from 8.45-9am and then the children will join from 9-9.30am. Younger siblings and preschool children are more than welcome to come and join us.

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19 Oct

School Choir Workshop

This afternoon, our school choir took part in a singing workshop as part of the ‘Let’s Go Sing’ project. In April, we will be taking part in a concert at Ewood Park!

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6 Oct

Marvellous Music in Year 2!

Year 2 had a fantastic music lesson with Junior Jam this week! This term, years 1 to 6 are learning all about African drumming in music! It has been great to hear the classes learn all about different rhythms and exploring new instruments!

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1 Oct

Year 5 Music

This afternoon in Year 5, we have had the pleasure of learning all about the clarinet. Mrs Dale taught us how to put the clarinet together and take it apart. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about how to play the clarinet. We are super, super excited!

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30 Sep

Visit from Bolton Music Service

Today in Year 5 and 6, we have had a visit from Bolton Music Service to introduce our Upper Key Stage 2 children to the 5 brass instruments they will have the opportunity to learn this year. The children were mesmerised by the music and instruments shown and really represented our school brilliantly.

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8 Sep

Wonderful Wellbeing Wednesday

What a wonderful wellbeing Wednesday with Junior Jam! We have loved playing the African drums in music, creating house music in computing and playing drama games in performing arts. We can't wait for next Wednesday!

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8 Sep

Wonderful Wellbeing Wednesday

Year 5 had the best afternoon with Junior Jam. They loved creating house music in computing, playing African drums in music and playing drama games in performing arts.

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7 Sep

Songs of Praise Worship

It was so fantastic to be all together singing again as a school family.