At St John’s and St Clement’s Primary School, we believe it is important to provide an active music programme. As well as being a subject worthy of study in its own right, music helps enormously in the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual development of our children.
We employ a specialist music teacher who provides a quality curriculum, which encompasses performing, composing, listening to and appraising music.
We use singing as the basic means of working with children – our voice being the ideal instrument, as we all have one! By responding to music through singing, children in the early years and KS1 learn to develop their inner hearing, crucial in real musical ability, creativity and imagination.
From an early age, children at the school are encouraged to create their own music, inspired by all sorts of external stimuli, including music already written. By the time our children reach year 6, they are well-versed in working together, using instruments and voice, to create musical soundscapes and songs. Every child in the school learns to play the recorder in year 4 while in year 5 professional percussionists teach 10 weeks of Samba. The curriculum is further enriched by partnerships with outside organisations, such as the Southwark Music Hub, Multi-Story Orchestra and Young Voices.
Alongside our curriculum, there are opportunities to learn a number of musical instruments. We have brilliant teachers who come in to provide brass, violin, flute, guitar and piano tuition.
We try to find opportunities for performance as much as possible. As well as growing important performance skills and disciplines, children experience first-hand the joy and excitement of sharing with a live audience.
Over the past few years, as well as regular performances in school and church, our children have performed, at many venues including at the O2 Arena, Bold Tendencies, the Tower of London and both the East Dulwich and Peckham festivals.
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