At St John’s Walham Green we aim to develop the children’s innate love of music, both through the curriculum and in our worship, where singing plays a vital role. We follow the National Curriculum, exploring singing, composition, theory, history, instrumental performance and an understanding of stave notation as well as other methods of writing down music, such as graphic scores. We believe everyone has a right to a musical education that teaches them the skills to express themselves musically, and the knowledge to discover where their musical interests lie.
We want our students to leave St John’s equipped with as many musical skills as possible, on which to build in their future education. Being in London, we are blessed with a great number of high-quality performance and audience opportunities nearby, and we make full use of these, laying down lifetime memories for the children who take part. We also have an excellent team of peripatetic instrumental teachers provided by the Tri-Borough Music Hub.
All of this is done with our three core Christian Values at the heart of everything: courage, compassion and wisdom. Courage never to give up and to persevere even when the learning is challenging; compassion to help create a shared understanding of how to treat each other both inside and outside of the classroom and to appreciate that we all learn in different ways and at different paces; and wisdom to learn from our successes and our mistakes to help us make even wiser choices the next time.
What is a Music Mark School?
The Music Mark School nomination system allows music hubs and services across the UK to nominate schools who they believe have shown a commitment to providing high-quality music education. This could mean beginning to incorporate more music into the curriculum, starting an extra-curricular music group, or having a highly active music department; a nomination simply means that your local music service has recognised your school’s commitment to music and wants to celebrate it.