At St John’s, we strive to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and we therefore aim to make Music an enjoyable and engaging learning experience. We believe that music has a role to play in every aspect of all of our lives, wherever and whoever we are. As a result, Music is central to the community and culture of the school and permeates many aspects of school life.
The Music curriculum at St John’s is based on Charanga’s schemes of work. We have used the units, materials and scheme-building feature, provided by Charanga, to develop our own bespoke scheme that meets the needs of our children and our particular context. The Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lessons for each year group in school. Within each unit, the children are given opportunities to listen, sing, perform, compose, improvise and discuss music with peers and teachers.
Our music appreciation programme supplements classroom music lessons and ensures that pupils will develop a critical engagement with a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
We also work with Shaw Music service to provide high-quality instrumental musical education for our Year 3/4 and Year 4 class each week. Within their lessons, they begin by learning to play the Ukulele then progress onto learning how to play the guitar. Shaw Music service also provide small group tuition, on a range of instruments, for those children who wish to sign up.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a range of assemblies, performances, music clubs and music activities at lunchtime and after school that augment the timetabled whole class curriculum lessons.