Music is a central part of life in John Stainer School. Every week the children come together in assembly to sing. We are a Sing-Up-School, which means we have been credited as a place that values singing, and we take part in National Singing Days. In our classrooms all year groups follow the Charanga Music Scheme, which gives the children high-quality music teaching, even for non-music specialists. The pupils sing together, learn about notation and play percussion instruments. Many of the music topics link to work the children are doing in science or History.
We are very lucky to be able to add extra-curricular musical activities to the list of what goes on in John Stainer. Our school orchestra rehearses every week before school, and is led by some of our most talented musical parents. Children who learn instruments outside of school can play them in the orchestra, but other children since joining, have learned to play instruments such as the recorder, ukulele or harmonica. The orchestra has performed an impressive range of music in concerts to the whole school. The school choir rehearses once a week and is open to anyone who has a love of singing. They have performed in school concerts as well as in the local community, and the highlight is visiting St. Christopher’s Hospice to perform for the patients there. Other clubs often available include song writing, guitar, ukulele and piano lessons.