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EYFS Aims: In relation to Music, EYFS Development Matters Guidance states that children should have the opportunity to:

  • sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs
  • sing in a group or on their own increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody
  • listen attentively, move to a talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups


In addition, we ensure that children:

  • learn the names of musical instruments
  • handle musical instruments carefully
  • know how to play instruments correctly


National curriculum purpose of study: Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


National curriculum aims: The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:

· Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

· Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

· Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.




At Bracebridge Infant and Nursery school, it is our intent that our Music curriculum promotes individuality and encourages children to use their voices, bodies and environment in a creative way. Across the school children will explore the progression of sound, pitch and beat; including voice exploration, body percussion and instruments. They then use these skills to perform. Where possible we link work to other disciplines such as, art, geography, science, English and physical education and we incorporate music and performance into Together Times, the celebration of festivals and themed enrichment weeks.




We use planning and resources from the Charanga Musical School to support and enhance our music teaching. Each term in weekly music lessons, Together Times, singing practice and extra-curricular activities children learn new knowledge and apply new skills through:

  • Listening to and appraising a diverse range of music
  • Musical games
  • Singing
  • Playing instruments
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Performing




Progress and achievement is recorded in the ‘Learning Journey’ where applicable, and is further recorded through performances, discussion and musical showcases fostering existing and new knowledge taught

As a result of studying Music, children are also equipped with:

  • an appreciation of music in all forms and from all periods of history
  • a way of expressing oneself
  • skills in performing to others
  • skills in listening to, appreciating and responding to music
  • developing knowledge and skills in all aspects of ‘music’ as a subject