Well done to our year 4 children who took part in a Choral Festival at Cardinal Newman Catholic School along with children from other schools in the Deanery They sang songs such as Yellow Submarine and Count on Me.

Thank you to everyone who helped to organise it. 

MUSIC POLICY SJB (Summer 2023).pdf
Music overview all yeargroups 2023.pdf



KS1 and KS2 Talent Show

We are very excited for the return of SJB’s Talent Shows! Children will be able to audition for the talent show during school time on Wednesday 18th January and 19th January and there will be a few children selected from each year group. The KS1 talent show will be held on Wednesday 1st February and the KS2 show will be on Thursday 2nd February. We look forward to seeing all the wonderful talents our children have to share!


This term the children have been working extremely hard to develop their musical skills, here is a short update on what they have been up to!

Year 6 have been learning about the music of WW2, studying Vera Lynn, Glenn Miller and Aaron Copeland. They also wrote and brilliantly performed their own WW2 song as a whole class using guitars, vocals, keyboards, piano and drums.

Year 5 have been studying Dvorak’s New World Symphony and became very creative as they wrote their own spiritual melodies and learnt how to use musical notation to write these excellent tunes.

Year 4 learnt about musical Rondo’s and created their own class ‘Bruno Rondo’ based on Encanto’s hit song ‘We don’t talk about Bruno.’ They had a lot of fun performing together as a class, playing djembes, glockenspiels, and percussion to make a powerful Rondo piece.

Year 3 have been rhythmic masterminds, creating beat grids and learning about ostinatos to add structure and groove to their musical pieces.

Year 2 have been learning about crochets and quavers and used them to write and perform mini Great Fire of London songs.

Year 1 have been using music to celebrate themselves and each other. We learnt a song called Good to Be Me and playing rhythm games to learn more about each other!

Reception have been sensational singers this term and have been learning lots of new songs as a whole group. We have been learning how to play different percussion instruments like claves, shakers and bells.

Choir at Clare Walk and Jubilee Library

Our school choir visited both Clare Walk Sheltered Accommodation and the Jubilee library to spread some Christmas cheer with their beautiful singing. We had so much fun on our trips and enjoyed performing to and meeting different audiences. We were grateful for the lovely praise and kind words of thanks we received at both events.

Reception and KS1 Nativities

Well done to all the wonderful singers, dancers, narrators and actors in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who worked so hard on their Christmas performances! There were lots of songs, actions, and words to remember and everybody did an excellent job. We are so proud of you all! All the shows were brilliant, and it was such a joyful way to share the Nativity story and to begin our Christmas celebrations.

KS2 Christmas Carol Concert

This year’s KS2 evening Carol Concert at St John the Baptist Church was a wonderful celebration of the Christmas Story. We were so delighted to once again be able to perform in our beautiful church, as we have not had this opportunity for the last couple of years. The children worked so hard to create a joyful and reflective performance and thoroughly enjoyed learning the songs, actions, dances and words and we are very proud of them all. It felt very special to have had the children, teachers, families, and parishioners gathering together to sing carols and it was certainly a beautiful start to the Christmas celebrations!


Arts Awards


Huge congratulations to all our Furthering Talent Musicians who worked so hard on the Arts Award. They have now received a certificate from Trinity College London to celebrate their achievements.

Instrumental and Vocal Lessons



We will be taking part in our annual Sign2Sing event in February. This charity raises money to support deaf people and also aims to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of people singing and singing at one time. The whole school (staff and children!) will be singing and singing and raising money on Thursday 7th February at 9.15am. Please join us if you can.


We are very excited to be invited to take part in another project with Brighton Early Music festival. Year 5 will be exploring Songs from around Europe. If any families have their own folk songs or melodies from around Europe, we would love you to share them with us. Please send them in on a USB or teach them to your children so that they can sing them for us!


We are looking forward to hearing and seeing what our KS1 children can do! We will be sending our sign up letters very soon. Our celebration of talent will be on Thursday 21st March at 2.15pm.


We are looking forward to celebrating the musical gifts and talents of the children at St John the Baptist School in our Instrumental Concert. We would like to invite any children who learn an instrument (especially those who learn outside of school) to take part and perform. This will be taking place on Thursday 14th February at 2.15pm.



Our Carol Service at St John the Baptist Church was a reflective and prayerful way to begin our Christmas festivities. The children sang and performed so beautifully and we have had such lovely praise and thanks from our parents and parishioners.


Congratulations to year 6 on an amazing performance of Trench Brothers at Brighton Dome on 17th October 2018. The children worked so hard and we are very proud of them. See images.


Brighton & Hove Music and Arts are offering a wide range of musical opportunities for your children this summer. If any children are interested in workshops in singing, guitar, music technology, Rock & Pop, strings, woodwind (and many more!) please take a form from the school office.


We are very excited to be taking part in a very special and acclaimed ‘imaginative and inspiring’ First World War primary schools project called ‘Trench Brothers’. This project celebrates 100 years since the end of World War I. Our Year 5 class will be involved in a huge range of activities linked to WW1, including workshops in composition, puppetry and artifacts. Their work will culminate in a big performance at Brighton Dome on 17th October.

Trench Brothers focuses on ethnic minority soldiers and brings to life the stories of soldiers from the Indian Army (some of whom were hospitalised in Brighton) and from the British West Indies Regiment (many of whom trained in Seaford). Take a further look…TRENCH BROTHERS


Year 4 are working hard in their Soundmakers Project offered by Brighton & Hove Music and Arts. The class will be performing on Thursday 5th July at 2.30pm.


Please come along to celebrate the learning of our budding Year 3 recorder players who will be performing on Wednesday 23rd May at 2.30pm.


Celebrating the talents of children learning instruments outside of school. Wednesday 17th May-2:30 in the school hall.


We are also looking forward to a performance from our very own SJB Singing Club on Thursday 24th May at 4pm.


Year 5 King Arthur Project

We are very excited to take part in a project with the OAE (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), BREMF (Brighton Early Music Festival) and our very own local composer and musician, James Redwood. Year 5 will be performing an opera based on the story of King Arthur at St John's Church, Knoyle Road, Brighton at 3pm on Saturday 17th June. Please come along to see what we've been up to.

Singing Club

Concert in the hall at 4pm Thursday 18th May, and don't forget to our Talent Show. More information to follow.


St John the Baptist Singing Club took part in our annual Schools Christmas Concert at the Brighton Centre.


Children, staff and parents of St John the Baptist School took part in Sign2Sing on Thursday 9th February 2017. We aim to make a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of people signing and singing in one event. Good luck everyone!

Click this link if you would like to hear the song or sing-a-long to all the previous sign2sing songs!


We will be welcoming CONSONE (a music ensemble) to our school on Friday 24th March. They will providing a workshop on Space for Year 5. We are very grateful to BREMF (Brighton Early Music Festival) for offering this free musical opportunity.


In November our very own flute teach, Helen Whittaker, offered Year 5 a workshop based on Icelandic Music. Helen is part of an ensemble called ALBA, which composes and performs music inspired by Iceland. Year 5 were involved in composing and graphically notating their ideas. Helen took these ideas and they were used as part of a concert her group performed at The Old Market theatre in December. Well done Year 5!


Music News from 2016

Congratulations for another successful Sign2Sing event here at SJB.

We raised over £100 for deaf charities and had fun at the same time!

Congratulations to the 7 finalists who got through to the next stage of the vocal auditions.

They sang for a place in the final on Saturday 2nd April at the Brunswick.  % of our children got through to the finals. Congratulations.

 We were very excited to announce that bassoon lessons have started here at SJB.

 We welcomed ‘Ensemble Moliere’ ( a very talented quartet) to our school on Thursday 24th March. They preformed for KS1 and the did a workshop for Year 2.

 We also had a great celebration of talent in April.

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra came to do workshops with our children.

We were very excited to announce another exciting project with BREMF (Brighton Early Music Festival). Year 5 took part in a performance of Dido & Anneaus with the BREMF choir on Thursday 18th June Thank you to everyone who came to support the event.

Year 3 put together a wonderful recorder concert showing off their learning and skills. Well-done Year 3!

We had a very exciting workshop based on our BBC Ten Pieces Project. A percussionist from the Brighton Philharmonic came in to show us the amazing percussion instruments of the orchestra.

 Our Singing Club has worked hard all year and you can hear them in fine voice at various school events.

 Our Soundmakers Project has got off to a good start. We are pleased to welcome Helen, who is teaching the flute this year. Keep practising Year 4!

Our performance on the flute of Hot Cross Buns by the whole of year 5 was achieved in just week 4 of our project!