A Musical Futures: Just Play primary school journey

A guest blog from Sarah Jameel, music co-ordinator at Whitmore Primary School, Hackney, UK about their involvement in Musical Futures: Just Play and their journey to becoming a Musical Futures Champion School.

Whitmore Primary School began its Musical Futures Journey in 2015 when a year 4 class undertook a two day pilot project. Since then we have begun using the ‘Just Play’ approach across both year 4 classes and one year 5 class, and hope to roll it out across the rest of the school over the course of the year!

Since becoming part of The Musical Futures Just Play pilot Whitmore’s music curriculum has transformed dramatically! We even have a new

vibrant and dedicated music room which is used daily. Children and teachers alike now look forward to their weekly music lessons, where they get an opportunity to learn the guitar, keyboard, drums and bass guitar together in a ‘Just Play’ way. We have even learnt to beat box!

Taking part in the Just Play Project has sparked a real love for all things musical at Whitmore. Music is not only part of the music lessons but part of our daily lives. Children have been inspired to learn instruments at home and are independently researching and learning how to play new songs which is amazing!

Read more about Just Play HERE



In all schemes of work and lessons from now on! Excellent day, wish I would have come years ago.

Jamie Thomas, Hall Cross Academy

Great sessions which catered for a diverse team of staff. Really good feedback and positive outcomes.

Lindsay Thomas, One Education Music

The children I am working with are responding to positively. They are very keen to learn new music and don’t not feel threatened to play. They enjoy the ‘have a go’ and ‘just play’ strategy.

Mhairi Easton, Southesk primary School