All that jazz raises primary school pupils’ confidence

Ixworth and Great Barton Primary Schools are involved in a pilot programme run by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Ixworth and Great Barton Primary Schools are involved in a pilot programme run by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra
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Funky jazz beats have swept through the corridors of Ixworth and Great Barton Primary Schools as pupils joined forces with professional musicians in a pilot initiative.

Children have improvised, composed and learnt some jazz songs and tried their hand at playing a selection of instruments during four workshops with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

They were due to hold in-school concerts with musicians from the group this week.

Both schools will also perform with the NYJO at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday September 29.

Anna Richards, headteacher at Ixworth Primary, said: “The children have worked incredibly hard and gained a huge amount of confidence.”

n About 80 youngsters in Key Stage One at St Edmundsbury Primary visited Mothercare for their ‘Who Am I?’ topic.

The pupils have focused on what they were like as babies, how they have changed and how they will develop into adulthood.

During the trip to Mothercare, they discovered why babies have high chairs and why their clothes are measured in months.

In school, the children and staff displayed their baby photos and tried to guess which picture belonged to each person.

n With a recent downturn in mathematics results, students from Culford School have bucked the national trend after achieving top maths iGCSE results.

Its Year 10 top set sits the exam a year early with 16 out of the 21 pupils achieving A*s and As for the remaining five.

Neil Tilly, head of maths, said: “These results are a just reward for the hard work the pupils have put in and are excellent for a school of our size. I would like to congratulate the group, who were thoroughly enjoyable to teach. Their next challenge is the tough Additional Mathematics course and we hope for similar success from them next year.”

n Barningham Primary’s Let’s Get Cooking Club will hold a food fete on Saturday September 28 in the school hall.

The Friends of Barningham School were due to celebrate National Cupcake Week with a cake stall on Thursday.

Proceeds will be split between the school and the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.