Year 3 Christmas Time Travelling Production!

This morning, children across the school were treated to a wonderful Christmas Image result for christmas starsproduction from Year 3 – performed with a starlight background and filled with Christmas magic. Pupils watched with interest and enthusiasm as Time Travelling Doctors made their way in search of Christmas surprises.

Children spoke their lines clearly and filled the hall with a beautiful harmony of Christmas singing. With a splattering of Christmas cracker jokes, Year 3 also enlightened children from across the year groups with a host of “laugh-o-meter” gags!

We are sure that parents are in for a real treat during their performance and will enjoy the show! Well done to Year 3 for a fantastic production!

[Written by Mr Thorns]


Panatical Steel Band Visits Anne Dale!

As part of the school’s summer end of term celebrations, the school was entertained by a steel band which visited school from their Eastleigh Crestwood College!

Playing tunes such as “Hot Hot Hot” and “Rude” the hall was filled with music originating from the Caribbean Islands, which the children also learnt a little about during the performance.

This was a fitting and upbeat end to the term, which sees a range of both pupils and staff leave AnneDale, moving to new and exciting places – none perhaps quite as exciting as the Caribbean Islands though…

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If you are interested in finding out more and following Panatical’s progress then check out their Facebook page here for more information…

[Written by Mr Thorns]

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Musical Memories

It has been a busy time for musicians at Anne Dale this Summer term.  In the middle of June, the Singing Group performed at the Infant School 1




The following morning, a group of 15 singers gave up part of their Saturday morning and performed at St Edmund’s Church for their Open Day. We had lots of positive comments about the performance and everyone was rewarded with a drink and a biscuit  at the end!

music3The Guitar players performed in a special afternoon assembly led by their teacher, Mr Skinner. The ukulele group played during a morning assembly led by their teacher, Mr Hales. Both performances were enjoyed by parents of the children playing.


At the end of June, the Recorder Group took part in a Recorder Jamboree at Thornden Hall in Chandlers Ford. The event was organised by Hampshire Music Service and gave us the opportunity to play with over 100 children from other Hampshire Schools. The theme was celebration music and included ‘Last Night of the Proms’ and ‘The Wedding March’.

Last Tuesday evening, we had our annual Summer Concert in which eighty children took part. The Hall was packed with family members as the School Orchestra began the evening with the theme from ‘Titainic’. Many of the children who have instrumental lessons at school also performed in small groups, supported by their teachers. The Singing Group and Recorder Group also performed during the evening.

Yesterday, the Singing Group attended a Vocal Festival in Chandlers Ford. Three schools joined together and performed songs written especially to commemorate 400 years music6
since Shakespeare’s death.

In preparation for these events, children give up their lunchtimes and after school to practise as a group, and at home on their own. Well done to all of our musicians who have represented the school and performed so well this term. Thank you for your hard work. I am very proud of you all.

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Year 4 Try to Play Recorders!

In Year 4 this term, everyone has been practising using the recorders. It’s a great way to try new things, have fun and practice skills. Everyone has been playing pieces such as, “There’s a Bee in my Bonnet”, “ABBA” and “Strictly B”.

If you’re interested in recorder, there’s a recorder club after school or you can have a go on your own at home. It’s simple and fun to do, why not have a go?

Here’s a link to an easy recorder tutorial that you can have a go at, at home:

[By an Anne Dale Digital Leader ~ MP4]

Orchestra interview

Orchestra has been practicing pieces every Tuesday in the hall after school. They have been playing in orchestra since the beginning of the year and it’s a great way to practice and have fun with other musicians. Here is an interview with Ellen T from K4:

Anne dale digital leader (MP4): What instrument do you play?

Ellen: I play the Cello.

Digital leader: How long have you been playing?

Ellen: About a year.

Digital leader: What’s your favourite part of orchestra and why?

Ellen: Playing the cello with friends because it’s fun.

Digital leader: Why did you decide to start the cello?

Ellen: Because I saw someone playing the cello in assembly and it inspired me.

Digital leader: What would be your tip to other musicians?

Ellen: Keep calm and play Cello!

Don’t forget, if you play a musical instrument and you’re interested in joining orchestra on a Tuesday after school, it’s not too late to start! Just inform Miss Money for more details and hopefully you’ll join in with the fun!

[Written by Anne Dale Digital Leader]

Orchestra tries new and challenging pieces

At orchestra here at Anne Dale, several musicians are putting their skills to the test. The orchestra is made up of violins, pianos, flutes, trombones, trumpets, clarinets, guitars and cellos. All the instruments and their players are practising extremely hard and hope to one day play in a professional orchestra.

If you would like to join, make sure you have at least a year’s experience of your instrument and talk to Miss Money (who teaches MP4) as she is in charge of the orchestra itself.

Some music sites you might like are:

[Written by Josie Solé ~ Digital leader]


Year 4 Ukulele Performance!

On the Friday 11th December 2015, Year 4 did a ukulele performance to their parents and all of their friends and family! They all played some songs that the parents might know and we all played them for the families of all of the students. They played “When The Saints Go Marching In”and “Little Drummer Boy” – the whole of the school like that song!

We had lots of fun and we love playing the ukulele. It is all thanks to the great and wonderful Miss Money who has been teaching us the ukulele for the last 10 or 12 weeks and we have all enjoyed playing with her on a Monday afternoon. We went through lots of hard work in are practices and we would like to keep on playing and learning even more great songs!

We would all like to say thank you to MISS MONEY for some of the best teaching ever “THANK YOU MISS MONEY” from year 4 🙂

[Written by Jack Bryant ~ Digital Leader]

Christingle at Holy Rood church!

Crofton Anne Dale Junior School went the Crofton Parish at Holy Rood church by the roundabout at Stubbington.

There were some recorders playing for the students in the church and they were playing some traditional Christmas carols. There was also the choir there and they sang, “Silent Night ” and ” Here Bethlehem “.

The reverend Steve Marsh was there to tell us the Christmas story and the meaning of advent. There were some readings done by some of the CADJS students and they said them very clearly! Our Headteacher Mrs Jones said some words along with students readings too.

The whole of the school stood up to sing some traditional carols like “The Gift” and “Midnight”. They were all sung really well by the whole school and that should deserve a good pat on the back.

There were some Christingle oranges that were lit by some of the people who work in our school

[Written By Jack Bryant ~ Digital Leader]

Singing Club Interview!

Singing Club is one of absolutely loads of clubs. Here is a interview with Chloe F. 

Ca. Do you enjoy singing club?

Ch. I enjoy it very much because it’s fun and you get to do concerts.

Ca. What’s you’re favourite song you’ve learnt?

Ch. ‘Musical Memories’ because it’s quite a jazzy song and it was fun to learn!

Ca. What’s the best part of singing club?

Ch. The concerts and singing with you’re friends!

Ca. Do you do anything else fun in singing club?

Ch. Sometimes we learn songs and teach them to the whole school in assembly.

Ca. Has singing club inspired you to do anything new out side of school?

Ch. Yes, I’m singing a  solo at Gosport Festival in November.

Ca. Wow! what song are you singing at the Gosport Festival?

Ch. I’m singing ‘Castle on a Cloud’ from Les’ Miserables’.

Thanks for the amazing interview and good luck Chloe at the Gosport Festival!

(Written by Callum. R ~ Digital Leader and inspired by Chloe.F’s singing.)