Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. (National Curriculum)
At St John of Jerusalem, we aim to provide a broad music curriculum for every child, encompassing skills to develop singing, performance, rhythm, composition and the language of written music. We aim to foster a love of music in all pupils, with practical and creative work at all levels to develop music literacy and understanding.

From nursery upwards, the pupils cover cross-curricular topics including Maths, Science, English, and History. This may be through vocal work, composition and learning arrangements using percussion instruments or the children’s own instruments. In KS2 the school caters for tuition in steel pans and guitar.

Each class performs their work in school assemblies for the school and parents. The goal is to ensure every child has access to music-making and sharing. Within this remit, the children’s confidence, coordination and social and listening skills are developed and maintained. The school also prepares for and performs in church services for Harvest, Christmas and Easter

St John of Jerusalem has a strong singing tradition. The pupils sing regularly in assembly, choir and in the Hackney singing festival for both Infants and Juniors. We were recently awarded a ‘Sing Up’ award for Silver. Future plans are to enter for Gold award and to continue to build on the talent and energy of the children.