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St Michael and St John's

Roman Catholic Primary School

Following the example of Jesus, together we learn, love and respect one another to be the best we can be.

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St Michael and St John's

Roman Catholic Primary School

Following the example of Jesus, together we learn, love and respect one another to be the best we can be.


Music learning 2023-2024

Whole school- Samba drumming day 4th July

The Choir singing at Burnley Gotta Sing on Monday 10th June

The choir singing at St Augustine's R.C High School 60th Anniversary concert on Friday 19th April

The choir singing in 'The last choir standing' competition on 27th March at King George's Hall. We had a fantastic evening and even won the George Critchley award for our performance which we are all really proud of.

The Choir performing at High Brake House residential home March 25th 2024

SSMJ and the SMSJ Church Choir Community Carol Concert

The SSMJ School Choir and the SMSJ Church Choir performed beautifully this morning to the local community. The sang a variety of songs telling the important story of the birth of Jesus. Well done!


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SSMJ Choir Perform at SMSJ Church 

On Sunday 26th November the SSMJ choir had the opportunity to perform in Church just before the Rossendale Male Voice Choir. They sang beautifully and thoroughly loved watching the Male Voice Choir perform afterwards. Well done!

Music in KS2

Music in KS1

Music in EYFS

KS2 Choir

The choir meet every Thursday lunch time. We recently took part at the Live Simply Event alongside the church choir. We are looking forward to singing at church on 26th November as part of the Rossendale Male Voice Choir concert. We have lots more exciting events next year too such as The last choir standing and Burnley Gotta Sing.

Music Learning 2022-2023

African Drumming Workshop

As part of around the world week, we have been focusing on Africa. For Music, we were lucky to have an African Drumming workshop led by musician Arona. The children were shown how to copy different rhythmic patterns and took part in some call and response singing. All the children were enthusiastic and had a fantastic day. 

Year 1 African drumming.mp4

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Year 4 1-7 rhythm pattern.mp4

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'Burnley Gotta Sing' Mechanics Theatre

On Monday 12th June the SSMJ Choir travelled to Burnley and performed at 'Burnley's Gotta Sing Event. The SSMJ Choir led by Mrs Bennett performed beautifully. They were incredible and showed everyone what talented stars we have at SSMJ. 

Last Choir Singing

On Tuesday 28th March the SSMJ Choir were lucky enough to perform at the Municipal Theatre Hall in Colne. They were a credit to the school and sang beautifully. 

On February 23rd we were very fortunate to have a performance from The Rossendale Male Voice Choir. They sang 5 songs and told us lots of history about each piece of music. We all enjoyed learning about the different voice parts and joining in a whole school singing warm up.

Rossendale Male Voice Choir

Music during worship

During Music lessons, children also get the opportunity to go on the 'Yumu' program which is part of Charanga and compose their own music. Children are also encouraged to go on this at home where they can take part in lessons and consolidate their learning.

Year 6 Band practise

Year 5 singing

The Choir practising at lunch time

Year 6 playing a melody on the glockenspiel

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Playing 'because I'm happy' by Pharrell Williams on the glockenspiel.

The Choir at Christmas

Burnley Schools Gotta Sing 2022

Our SSMJ Choir (Year 3 & 4 children) travelled to Burnley to perform at the Burnley Gotta Sing Event 2022 on Thursday 9th June. The children performed five songs in front of an audience on the stage at Burnley Mechanics Theatre. They were amazing. All the children were incredibly nervous at first but put on a performance to make everyone really proud. 

Music Learning 2021/22

Music at SSMJ 2020/21

Year 4 Blackbird Charanga Unit

EYFS Performing

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Blended Learning Music at SSMJ

During 'Lockdown' our children have been able to continue their weekly music learning online using Charanga and the Home Learning website Yumu. 

How it Works at SSMJ

Music is an important part of the curriculum at SSMJ. Each class is timetabled music lessons and children learn about the key components of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. Staff use a variety of resources including Charanga and Music Express to support the teaching of music.  


We are also delighted that a number of peripatetic teachers provide professional tuition at SSMJ in woodwind, brass, string and guitar. We also have the support of Mr Lee who offers keyboard and piano lessons in school time. These can be arranged by speaking to the school office or by clicking on the link to apply for instrumental tuition by enrolling on the Lancashire Music Website Should you experience any financial difficulty please do not hesitate to contact the school office in complete confidence to discuss funding your child’s music lessons. 

Children perform in our assemblies.


We love to sing at SSMJ and we have a choir that have performed in many different locations. We are proud to sing in Church and we have performed for our local Community in Care Homes, our local Market, our Crib, town centre and Supermarkets. We have even sung at the MEN Arena where we took part in Young Voices Celebration along with 8,000 other school children singing in their school choirs. We have a singing worship every Tuesday where we learn new hymns together which we then sing in Class Masses, Liturgical Celebrations and sing alongside the Youth Choir to support our Sacramental Children in KS2. Members of our choir sing in their lunchtime club – see Lunchtime Clubs. 

Singing at our local Sainsburys.


Children’s musical ability is showcased regularly in Assembly time where they play alongside their peripatetic teacher and we also try to emerse the children in live music in the Summer Term where we invite Lancashire Music Service Musicians to come and enthuse children to learn to play a new instrument. 



Chris Hacking - guitar


Chris Hacking, Peripatetic Guitar Lessons, enrol your child now at


Mr Lee - piano and keyboard


Mr Lee (ALCM) offers piano and keyboard lessons in school.  He can be contacted privately for lessons.  Mr Lee always showcases his students in an end of term celebration assembly with his own unique twist.  Parents and Grandparents always support this assembly to watch their children perform.  The school always looks forward to this occasion celebrating Christmas and Summer with Mr Lee.

Mr Lee teaches Piano and Keyboard lessons to children from Years 1- 6.  Lessons are weekly and are individual (1:1) during school time.  20 minute lessons are £9.25 each.

Mr Lee is patient, friendly and provides a happy, fun atmosphere in which to learn and this is evident to all when we watch his students 'showcase' their talents and abilities. 

Mr Lee can be contacted on 07859 906720.


Music at Home


The staff have access to 'Charanga' package which is an online Music Tool which greatly enhances Music provision throughout each Key Stage.  All children have access to Yumi an online musical platform. This allows children access to a wide variety of musical schemes that they can use at home. Logins for each child are sent home at the beginning of each year. 

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