Kids tune up for Children in Need

Children at Forest Glade Primary School with their Year Six teacher Simon Paramore.
Children at Forest Glade Primary School with their Year Six teacher Simon Paramore.

Big-hearted children at a Sutton primary school showcased their musical talents when they wrote and recorded a song for Children in Need.

The youngsters in Year Six at Forest Glade Primary School wrote the lyrics to the song called ‘Spread A Smile of Joy’’.

The music was composed by pupil Oliver Avison and his mum Thea, the school’s music coordinator, and played on guitars by Oliver and the Year Six teacher Simon Paramore.

The tune was recorded and burned on to a CD which can be bought from the school.

And pupils performed the song for parents and friends on Monday afternoon.

Mrs Avison said: “It’s part of a project called ‘What’s Happening Now’.

“The children were looking at charity singles old and new and decided they wold like to create their own. We encouraged them to think about what it is they would say to someone in need.

“The school is really musical - we have got a parents’ choir, a boys’ choir and a girls’ choir!

“Music is really high on the agenda at this school - it just helps promote well-being and feeling good about yourself.

“The children have really worked hard - they really thought carefully about what they would say to someone who needed their help. I am really proud of them!”

This year’s star-studded gala appeal show returns for its 35th year on BBC One from 7.30pm-10pm, on Friday November 13.

It comes straight after The One Show’s Children in Need special (BBC One, 7pm-7.30pm).

Following the appeal show, the campaign continues on BBC Two (10pm-10.30pm), returning later to BBC One (10.40pm-2am).

Hosted by Sir Terry Wogan, this year’s show has a whole host of guest appearances, including live music from Rod Stewart, Selena Gomez and Ellie Goulding – who will be performing her as-yet unreleased single, Army.

Sir Alan Sugar will share the screen with Warwick Davis in a new Star Wars sketch, appearing alongside R2D2 and C-3PO.

Harry Hill will offer his comic history of TV, while the cast of EastEnders will be having a right old knees up in the Old Vic. Meanwhile, Bruce Forsyth returns to Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly, in a one-off special, featuring four of the stars from BBC One’s Call the Midwife: Jenny Agutter, Jack Ashton, Laura Main and Stephen McGann.

The West End casts of Beautiful, Kinky Boots and Bend it Like Beckham will be providing a dash of musical glamour, while Westlife’s Shane Filan and Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle will sing their duet, I Could Be, for the first time on television. Elsewhere, BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills will attempt to conquer his fear of heights by abseiling down the 400-foot Blackpool Tower.