What does MUSIC look like at St John’s CE Primary School?

Music is, in its very essence, a practical and active subject. But it is not just for fun.

Music is powerful; it transcends time and cultures and can speak to us deeply.

As Plato argued:

‘Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.’

How do we plan music lessons at St John's?

  • The school subscribe to the Charanga music scheme online and units are allocated to year groups Y3, Y5, Y6 to teach half termly.
  • A visiting music teacher provides a weekly 1 hour lesson to YR, Y1, Y2 (singing/percussion) and Y4 (African drums)
  • Curriculum objectives for the current year group are used by all class teachers and the visiting music teacher (Y1 – Y6) to ensure progression.
  • Music can form part of the creative curriculum planning (where appropriate) where it is planned at lesson level.

How do we celebrate music at St John's?

  • Music is celebrated in each half-termly topic book.
  • Music is celebrated through school media.
  • Music is celebrated in classroom/shared area displays.
  • Music is celebrated through termly performances and invited guests.

How do we enrich our music curriculum and build aspirations for the future?

  • Educational trips – RNCM, Bridgewater Hall, MEN arena, St Chrysostom’s Church
  • Visiting musicians/workshops
  • KS2 choir (currently preparing for a performance at 'Young Voices' in Feb 2109 at the MEN arena)
  • After school club music groups (African drumming and ukuleles)
  • Development of performances - in and out of school (KS2 are preparing for their Nativity performance at St Chrysostom's church)
  • Children are taught about famous musicians and composers of the past and those of the modern world

Last year's Young Voices banner!