At St John’s, we believe that music is an essential part of a balanced education for all children. It

  • is a powerful, unique form of communication and is a vehicle for self-expression
  • is an integral part of all cultures, past and present
  • develops concentration, perseverance, co-ordination and memory
  • promotes co-operation, a sense of group identity and togetherness
  • increases self-discipline and creativity, sensitivity and fulfilment
  • can inspire and motivate


At St John’s Primary School, we recognise music as something that develops the whole child by providing a practical, co-operative and enjoyable experience, which every pupil can access at some level. We aim for all children to be given the opportunity to:

  • enjoy music that they create themselves
  • have the chance to develop musically at their own level and pace
  • develop understanding and knowledge of music through making, listening to and responding to a wide range of musical styles from different times and cultures;
  • provide activities that develop musical concepts and skills sequentially
  • listen to a variety of music (recorded or played live) on a daily basis
  • perform musically to a wider audience, e.g. class assemblies, school productions, The Woking Music Festival, concerts
  • be inspired to develop a life-long appreciation of the subject.

In addition to the above, in line with the Henley Review 2012, we aim to:

  • provide children with a broad music education, which includes performing, composing, listening, reviewing and evaluating music
  • make singing a part of every child’s school life through all the key stages
  • give every child in key stage 2 the opportunity to learn an instrument through whole class ensemble teaching (violin / ukulele – Year 4)
  • offer opportunities for progression, making musical instrument tuition available for those who desire it