St John The Baptist Catholic Primary School "Together, through our words and actions, our work and play,We point towards Christ, each and every day"


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At St John the Baptist, we endeavor to 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 will be encouraged to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, appraise, and perform with confidence.


The teaching of music is arranged in different elements including performing, composing, and appraising. As part of their class music lessons, children will have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review, and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles, and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians. They will learn to sing and use their voices, create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately, and progress to the next level of musical excellence. In addition, they will understand and explore how music is created, produced, and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure, and appropriate musical notations.


At St John the Baptist, every child has the opportunity to learn a range of instruments, including whole class tuition in several year groups, and perform to their parents termly. In addition, all pupils sing every week in our Worship through Song assemblies and have the opportunity to be part of the school choir, performing at school and community events throughout the year.


To develop focused tuition in music, at St John the Baptist, pupils are provided with the opportunity to learn a wide range of instruments individually or in small groups, with peripatetic teachers and through RockSteady.


Music is an integral part of daily life at St John the Baptist, within the classroom and beyond. We are delighted that we have received the MusicMark Award in recognition of the Music Teaching at our school. Its positive effects on the well-being of pupils are both recognised and celebrated.


Our 2023-2024 music plan is available here: