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At Ainsdale St. John’s we are musicians!  We want the children to be the creative musical stars, composers, songwriters and producers of the future.

Through high quality teaching and learning we endeavour to foster a love of music and promote the enjoyment of participation and performance for all our young musicians. 

Our aim is to engage the children as they respond emotionally to a range of memorable experiences.  We want them to work collaboratively and challenge the thinking of others and their own compositions to develop and enhance their musical creativity.

As young musicians we will progress and deepen musical understanding in a variety of styles.   

We see music as a way of communication for all and understand that it can speak a different language to each and every one of us.


The music curriculum is based on the National Curriculum programmes of study and has been carefully designed to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills.

We use resources and planning provided by Sefton Music Hub and Charanga and this helps class teachers deliver a rich curriculum.  Music is taught discretely but staff also make meaningful links across subjects and link prior knowledge to new knowledge to deepen children’s learning. We believe that by crafting our curriculum this way, we improve the potential for our children to retain what they have been taught, to alter their long-term memory and thus improve the rates of progress they make.


Teachers use formative assessment in lessons and this informs their short term planning and helps them provide the best possible support for children.

Summative assessments are made at the end of each topic. 

Monitoring in music includes: making and reviewing videos, learning walks, pupil and staff voice.  Information gathered is used to gain an accurate understanding of the quality of education in music.

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Ainsdale St. John's CE Primary School

Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, Southport, PR8 3JE

Mrs McCaughrean|Office Administrator

To arrange a 1:1 tour with the headteacher, Lorna O’Brien, please contact the school office

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