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!