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Polar Express Theme Music - For Mr Lycett's Violinists

Here is the backing track that the violinists have been working with to play the theme music from The Polar Express.

Congratulations Sutherland Singers!


Mrs Locker is extremely pleased that the choir has grown to accommodate sixty children! All of the singers gave up their lunchtimes to prepare for our Christmas performances, and they were excellent ambassadors at the two performances we had at OSSMA and the Hub. Unfortunately, the snow scuppered the plans for two other events, but Mrs Locker is hoping to rearrange a date for singing at the University Hospital of North Staffs for Easter.


Mrs Locker would love to welcome all the singers back to rehearsals on Thursdays at lunchtime in January, and we have space for even more children! Come along, you'll probably enjoy it and it's a fantastic way to make new friends nosmiley

Sutherland Songbirds


Children in the Songbirds choir entertained an audience at the Victoria Hall in Hanley on 27th November in their amazing Christmas Concert. Mr Chubb and Mrs Yates worked very hard with the children to prepare them for the concert and everyone had a fantastic evening.


Rehearsals start again in January, where children will learn more songs, and they will also partake in some music and signing games. 


The choir is open to all children in Years 1, 2 and 3. Just let Mrs Locker or Mrs Yates know if you would like your child to take part in the after-school club (Mondays until 4:05pm).

Instrumental Lessons Start:

11th September 2017


A new academic year is underway and we have more children having instrumental tuition than ever before! Detailed below is information on what time our peripatetics visit, so children can always be prepared for their weekly lesson.


Instrument Teacher Room Day Time
Woodwind Mrs Hawkeswood

Music room or

Dining room

Monday 9am-10:30am
Percussion Mr Steele Music room Monday 12:15pm-1:15pm
Violin Mr Lycett

Music room or

Dining room

Tuesday 9am-10:30am
Brass Mr Roberts Mr Hughes' Old Room Monday 12pm-1pm
Guitar Mr Matthews Staff room Friday 8:45am-9:45am


Sutherland Singers and Songbirds Entertain Residents of Willow Barns


On Monday 3rd July, 22 children made the short walk to Willow Barns to sing for the residents. The Songbirds sang 9 songs from their recent circus-themed concert, with beautiful solos from Nevaeh Stanley and Gracie Flannery.


Sutherland Singers (KS2 Choir) sang three songs: When Children Rule the World, Count On Me and Ain't No Mountain. The performance was followed by some squash and biscuits, (which we all appreciated!). Thanks to Willow Barns for providing such a  lovely experience. We are already counting the days until we return!

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Societas Sings - Well done!


On 27th April, forty-seven children took part in Societas Sings at the Victoria Hall in Hanley. The show was a great success with children from all six schools in our MAT taking part. Children sang songs from a variety of musicals including Les Miserables, Annie, Oliver, Beauty and the Beast and many more. A special well done to Kelly Lin, Kieran Lomas, Ashleigh Kay, Ellie-Mae Lewis, Alfie Loveday and Serife Icli for singing their solos beautifully. Additionally, thank you to Kelsi Machin for helping to escort the audience to their seats. All children involved were excellent ambassadors for our school and had a fun and memorable evening.


Thank you to parents and carers for their continued support, we are already looking forward to next year’s show!

Recorder Festival Congratulations!


Mrs Locker would like to thank the children who participated in the Recorder Festival at the Victoria Hall on 28th March 2017. All of the children played excellently throughout the concert and they were brilliant ambassadors for the school. It will be exciting to return next year when we hope to play a solo!


The Recorder Club meets each Thursday after school until 4:05pm. Rehearsals have been postponed whilst preparations are underway for other concerts, but they will begin again soon (Mrs Locker will send a letter home to notify parents and carers).



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Music Provision


Music is very important to life at Sutherland Academy: every year group has access to curriculum music, singing and instrumental lessons. We aim to foster a love and appreciation of music along with providing access to instrumental lessons with clear progression routes. 


Each class has one hour of music a week and all lessons are taught by our music coordinator Mrs Locker.  


At KS1 children learn about the musical elements including pitch, tempo, dynamics and duration through singing and playing classroom percussion. At KS2 the emphasis is more on music appreciation and children learn how to analyse music from various genres, eras and cultures.


In Years 3 and 4, children learn how to play the recorder through an exciting recorder programme called Recorder Karate, where they earn coloured belts to attach their recorder to show the progress that they are making. 

Instrumental Lessons at Sutherland Academy

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Instrumental Lessons at Sutherland Academy 3

Assessment in Music at Sutherland Primary Academy