Inspire Learning Partnership

Summer Term

String workshop – Monday 24th July

What a wonderful morning!  Our Y4 and Y5 string players spent a fantastic morning in a workshop with Mrs Porter and other string teachers from Southampton Music Services.  They worked on some new pieces which they performed to other children from our school.  It was lovely to see their smiling faces and see how well they performed in a full string ensemble along with violas, cellos and a double bass.  All the children who attended the workshop are invited to join the ‘Acorn Strings’ who rehearse on a Monday at Cantell School.  Please see Mrs Lloyd or Mrs Porter if you would like more information.

All the children in Y2, Y3 and Y4 enjoyed a fantastic performance from the string ensemble.  They loved the arrangement of ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor’ and were captivated when the group performed ‘Pirates of the Carribean’.

A massive thank you to Southampton Music Services for offering our string players such a wonderful opportunity and such a fantastic morning. 

Welcome to our new Glo-worms and Hedgehogs!

We had lots of fun in the music room this morning (Friday 21st July) with our new children and their parents who are joining Glo-worms and Hedgehogs in September.  There was lots of wriggling and we played with shaky eggs, claves, bean bags and scarves!  Thank you so much to all the parents and children who joined us, we really enjoyed singing and playing with you and can’t wait to see you all in September.

We’re all here from around the world!

On Thursday 13th July Year 2 from both Kanes Hill and Hightown joined together for a Big Summer Sing.  All the children had been learning different songs from around the world with their class teachers including songs from Latvia, Poland, South Africa, Bangladesh and the UK.  They have worked really hard with the different languages in the songs to make sure they could be clearly heard.  Pupils at Kanes Hill were very lucky to have Mrs Koslowska visit in school to work alongside the children to help teach the polish words correctly.  We really appreciated your support and help – thank you!  During the workshop the children worked with Mrs Furnell to put together some final performances of the songs before they performed to their parents and families at the end of the workshop.  Mrs Furnell was so impressed with the singing of the pupils at Kanes Hill and said that the children were ‘head and shoulders’ above over children she had worked with across the city.  This was fantastic to hear and we must thank Mr Burns, Miss Wilcox and Mr James for all their hard work in the weeks leading up to the Big Summer Sing, along with all the fantastic Year 2 pupils in Jellyfish and Wolf class!  

Vela Siku bone (South Africa)

Stary Niedzwiedz (Poland)

Aiz Kalnina (Latvia)

Summer Concert – 6th July 2017

What a fantastic evening we had in the theatre at Woodlands School on Thursday evening.  I was so impressed with all our children who performed and so pleased so see the big smiles on their faces too. 

In case you weren’t there, here’s what you missed!

  • Our fantastic Y4 performing as an ensemble to celebrate the end of their In2music project.  We are so proud of how hard you have all worked this year and how fantastic you sound.  It was great to see you following a conductor and playing from staff notation so well.  Well done!
  • The fantastic Ukulele Jam who entertained us with their version of ‘Rock around the clock.’ We loved how confidently you played and managed to move and sing at the same time!
  • The wonderful Little Voices who sang so well together with such smiles.  We all loved your Pirates song and were amazed at your version of ‘What shall we do with the scurvy pirate’ in three parts.  Amazing!
  • Our incredible instrumentalists from Y5 and Year 6.  Not only did you play superbly your solos and duets on flutes, clarinets, violins and trumpets but we were absolutely blown away by your orchestra performances.  You listened so well and gave such a fantastic performance of the ‘Surprise Symphony’ along with a version of ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ which was simply incredible. 
  • Drum Club were superb.  It was fantastic to hear the layered rhythms with so many different sounds on your tubs.  The audience enjoyed playing along with you in the Samba Sections. 
  • Our Young Voices who sang beautifully together with such passion.
  • Finally, all our performers joined together to sing ‘One and a million’.  You all sang so well together and the harmony parts were stunning – people really believed what you were singing and were very moved. 

It was another fantastic evening and I would like to thank all the children for their hard work throughout the year in preparation for the concert.  In addition, I would like to thank all the staff at school who supported the concert to ensure it was so successful, the parents who supported us at the theatre and the staff from Woodlands who gave up their time to support with sound and light for us.


A massive Thank You!


Our Year 3 children (and staff!) have been amazing this half term learning to play the Ukulele.  They have loved using their four chords playing and singing along with Justin Timberlake to play ‘Can’t stop the feeling’ and they sound fab. 

Little Voices Singing at St. Christopher’s Church Fete         


On Saturday 24th June our Little Voices children entertained the crowds at St. Christopher’s Church fete.  The children looked fantastic dressed in their pirate costumes with accessories and sang brilliantly their songs all about Pirates and the seaside.  It was lovely to hear such wonderful comments from the audience following the singing and to receive the cards from St. Christopher’s Church after the event thanking our children.  I know they are looking forward to performing again at our summer concert.