Music at St John’s will develop a love of music through fun, creative and engaging lessons. Music lessons will enable the pupils to develop their self-confidence in their musical ability while encouraging them to express themselves musically. Within their learning, they will explore a wide range of musical genres and will be able to discuss key musicians that were and are influential in these genres. Pupils will develop an awareness and appreciation for the history of music, learning about the roots of music and how music has changed over time. As part of their developing ‘identity’ and pursuit of ‘excellence’, pupils will begin to play a variety of instruments, including recorders and ukuleles. This will then enable them to explore how music is presented in note form and pupils will develop their confidence in reading music. Through technology, pupils at St John’s will also be able to express their own preferences and interpretations of music by utilising music applications to compose their own pieces of music.
Music is taught as a discrete lesson one hour per week. The music lessons will be for approximately one hour each week and will use Charanga Music to guide music lessons. In the second half of the Summer term, the school will take part in a whole school ‘Classical Music’ focus day. This will run on a three year rolling programme to provide coverage of a wider range of composers and classical music.