At St. John’s CE Primary School, all pupils will have the opportunity to sing, to listen to music, to experience different musical instruments, to perform and to enjoy music. The programmes of study of the national curriculum for music underpin teaching and learning. We aim to provide all pupils with an equal opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of music, to foster and stimulate enjoyment and appreciation of music.
It is our aim that all pupils will develop a love and appreciation of music through playing instruments and singing, listening and appraising, performing and sharing. Our music education aims to engage, inspire and challenge pupils and to provide opportunities for our pupils to find their musicality.
Music is a universal language. At St. John’s, this ‘universal language’ is viewed as a unique mode of communication that unifies, inspires and motivates children. Our music is a vehicle for individual and collective expression, playing an important role in the personal development of all pupils. It reflects our culture and society, with the teaching and learning of the music enabling children to better understand the world in which we live. To achieve this, we aim to develop and use musical skills through the music curriculum, cross-curricular links, and through wider experiences.
Pupils will perform, listen to, review and evaluate music. They will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notation.
Pupils learn to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
As soon as our pupils begin their education at St. John’s, they have opportunities to sing. Singing provides fantastic ways to learn foundational knowledge in EYFS: counting, learning shapes, colours, days of the week, developing their phonics and sequencing familiar stories.
Music is taught throughout the school following the Charanga scheme, from Reception to Year 6, and cross-curricular links across the curriculum such as art, dance and MFL. We provide opportunities for all pupils to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
All pupils have the opportunity to learn and perform songs to the school community, including parents and carers: Christmas performances during the infant nativities and the junior carol concert; the school choir sing at the Waterloo Christmas lights event and sing for the residents at St. John’s Court. The choir performs annually at the Peace Proms concert alongside a live orchestra at Liverpool Marks and Spencer Arena.
All pupils, when in Year 3, will have access to specialist tuition in partnership with Sefton music service to learn a brass instrument.
In key stage 2, pupils experience a live orchestra performance through the Concerts for Schools programme at the Liverpool Philharmonic.
Pupils develop a depth of knowledge about how music is structured and created whilst exploring opportunities to use their voice and other musical instruments. Through this, pupils will develop their resilience in practical situations, allowing them to be open to new possibilities, inspirations and techniques.
Pupils learn to evaluate their work, whilst self and peer assessment activities help them to develop their ideas, refine their skills and deepen their understanding. Class teachers use formative assessments to regularly assess what the children know as each topic progresses, and to inform future learning opportunities and development.