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Our Vision - The Importance of Music

Music is powerful. It is a vehicle through which we:

  • Are taught to communicate through sound
  • Realise our expressive voice through performance and creativity
  • Develop emotionally, spiritually and socially through exploring our cultural differences
  • Develop physically, through movement, dance and learning instruments
  • Enjoy and achieve, through participation
  • Can define ourselves, through reflection and forming opinions.

At St John’s we aspire to enable our students to enjoy a long-lasting relationship with music both during their time at school and beyond. To achieve this, we believe in offering students opportunities to acquire, and put to use, a dynamic skills set that makes it possible for them to perform, produce, reflect and evaluate musically.  We will foster and harness the musical progress of every child and nurture their growing, expressive creativity to the backdrop of an engaging, challenging and culturally varied curriculum.

KS2 - Acquisition

At KS2, the curriculum is based around the fundamental skills needed to be a good musician and will also mostly focus on singing and the use of the voice. There are opportunities to experience high quality music from many cultural backgrounds.

KS3 - Enculturation

At KS3 the driving aim of the curriculum is to enculturate students through a musically diverse and comprehensive scheme of work that focuses on contextual understanding.  Students will develop the inter-related skills of performing, composing, listening and appraising.  Students will focus on when, how and why music was created.

  Autumn term Spring Term Summer term
Y5 How Music Works I Finlandia Karate Recorders I African Drumming Keyboards I
Y6 How Music Works II Karate Recorders II Enigma Variations Keyboards II Samba/Brass Band
Y7 O Fortuna The Blues Who's Calling You Can Uke

Storms & Waves

Y8 Medieval Music A Bao A Que Pop Music

Keyboards III