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St John Fisher Catholic Primary School

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'Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.' Aristotle

Music is seen as a real strength throughout the school. All classes have a weekly music lesson with our specialist teacher, Ms Foster, who comes in from Hertfordshire Music Service. 


The music curriculum is built using a range of resources. Children have the opportunity to develop their skills in singing, instrumental performance and composition. 


Performance Opportunities

We aim for all children take part in at least one performance each academic year. 


Music concerts are organised in the spring and summer terms for those taking instrumental lessons.


Some children from the school have had the opportunity to perform  in The Hertfordshire Schools Music Gala at the Royal Albert Hall. St. John Fisher also takes part in the St Albans Primary Schools’ Music Festival held annually at the Alban Arena and the Primary Schools’ Carol Service in St. Albans Abbey. 

Instrumental Lessons


The school provides the opportunity for Key Stage 2 to pupils to learn a variety of musical instruments. Children from Year 3 and above have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder, woodwind and violin, and those from Year 4 and above may learn these as well as the guitar; these instruments are taught via the Herts Music service. 


Rocksteady Music School offers group lessons in electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard and voice. Groups work together on a chosen song and perform in an end of term music concert. 

Singing Strategy

Singing is an essential strand of the music curriculum and an important part of our school community. As a Catholic school, the singing of hymns plays an integral part in our worship. Children sing weekly hymns in our Friday morning Liturgy and Celebration Assembly as well as in weekly class collective worship. 



We are immensely proud of our choir who, in 2019, won the  'St Albans Primary Choir of the Year'. The choir performed an excellent rendition of 'This is Me' from 'The Greatest Showman' at St Alban's Abbey. The adjudicator highly praised the choir for their enthusiasm and commitment throughout their performance. 


Choir practice is open to all children in KS2 on a Tuesday lunchtime and is led by Ms Foster.