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Pupils perform ‘Easter Praise’ at St John the Baptist’s Church - 27/03/2018

Children from University Church Free School (UCFS) came together to showcase their musical talents last week to celebrate the story of Easter.

The exceptional music provision at UCFS allows both staff and pupils to take pride in producing a number of spectacular musical productions throughout the year, including Easter and Christmas.

On Thursday, March 22, parents, grandparents and friends of UCFS packed into St John Baptist’s Church to celebrate the story of Easter through music and performance. The school has close links with St John the Baptist’s Church and pupils regularly visit the church for celebration and collective worship.

Teachers, Miss Claire Mercer and Mr Rob Benson have been working with the children to learn the songs during their music curriculum lessons. Pupils have been learning songs including: It’s Jesus, Betrayed, Easter Praise, Show me the money, I won’t deny you, Come on peter! And Crucify.

Miss Mercer and Mr Benson have also been working with the school choir to learn the piece ‘Mary’s Song’ and Mrs Foulkes has been working with the children to develop their performance skills and techniques.

The music curriculum at UCFS is closely linked to the learning challenge and pupils across the school learn their music in a varied and exciting way. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness including: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy.

Mrs Foulkes, Year 5 Teacher at UCFS said: “We held an Easter performance to enhance the children’s understanding of the Easter story. While year 5 and 6 acted the story, the rest of the school sang the story. It was a fabulous, engaging performance which both children, staff and parents enjoyed.”

Jessica N, Year 2 pupil said: “I love performing and at UCFS we have the opportunity to sing on stage many times. I enjoyed singing and dancing in church today and St John’s was the perfect setting for us to tell the story of Easter.”