08 November 2021

Music can be heard all across the school and beyond

News from the Music Department

The Chamber Choir sing a selection of songs, including classical pieces sung in Latin and popular Jazz songs. The Choir are working towards their first performance next term and look forward to performing for you.

The Chamber Choir with our Director of Music – Mr Huw Jones

Performing at John Lyon School as part of the Royal Academy of Music Masterclass

Music can be heard all across the school. From nursery to Year 6. This term has begun as an incredibly musical one.

Here’s an update from the music department.



Our children in Nursery have been learning about the beat/pulse in music, playing musical instruments and singing songs.


We are having lots of fun in Reception, learning about the beat and clapping rhythmical patterns and singing songs. Currently, one of our favourite songs is ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’, where we play instruments and also have some fun actions.

Year 1

Year 1 always begin their lesson marching around the beautiful Chapel stamping and clapping the beat. We are also learning an upbeat song called ‘Give it all you’ve got’, which is about always trying to do your best. We have also been playing a selection of drums and percussion instruments, creating patterns and rhythms.

Year 2

In Year 2 we are learning the song ‘Do Re Mi’, from The Sound of Music. We are using solfege hand symbols for do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do. We are also playing rhythms and patterns on un-tuned percussion instruments.

Year 3

Year 3 have had a fantastic start to the term in music! We are learning a lovely emotive song from a musical called Pantastic, written by Matthew Crossey and Tom Kirkham. The song is called ‘Higher and Higher’. The children also play some connecting notes using the xylophones and glockenspiels. Year 3 are also working towards a LAMDA Music Theatre Performance Exam. They are rehearsing some script and a song from the amazing musical ‘We will rock you’.

Year 4

In Year 4 we have been singing the song Lean on Me. Both Year 4 classes have been adding some connecting harmonies and echo lines. 4EK have been playing the verse melody on the xylophones and glockenspiels and 4KB have been playing a selection of percussion musical instruments along with the song. Year 4 are also rehearsing and practicing for a LAMDA Musical Theatre Exam with a scene and song from the musical ‘Oliver’.4EK have also been working on their own rendition of ‘Consider Yourself’ from the musical Oliver.

Year 5

Year 5 have been learning about rhythm, tempo and also simple and compound patterns and what differentiates them. We have also been learning a song called ‘My Way’, from the artist Aloe Blacc and adding tuned and un-tuned musical instruments. The results are impressive and we look forward to sharing the learning with you all. Year 5 are also rehearsing for a LAMDA Musical Theatre exam with a scene and song from the musical ‘Matilda’ by Tim Minchin.

Year 6

In Year 6 we have been working on an arrangement of the song ‘Can’t stop the feeling’ by Justin Timberlake, using un-tuned and tuned musical instruments. 6H are playing an array of musical instruments including the cajon, bell tree, xylophones and glockenspiels and also a mixture of different percussion instruments. 6Q are beginning to add some movement to their performance. Year 6 are also rehearsing for a LAMDA Musical Theatre Exam with scenes and songs from the musical ‘School of Rock’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Singing Assemblies at Quainton Hall

In KS1 Singing Assembly we have been singing our welcome song ‘Hello, nice day’ and ‘The Mango Song’ which has been great fun for everyone.