At Knights Enham Nursery and Infant School, music is an enjoyable, rich and stimulating learning experience. We enable children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build a range of skills and understanding in musicality. We intend to nurture and develop children's confidence to express themselves through music and respond to a range of music. Through singing songs and performing children learn about the structure and organisation of music and we teach them to listen and to appreciate different genres. Children also develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms.
In the Early Years children follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS) curriculum, focusing on the following key statements for music:
30-50 months -
40-60 months –
In Key Stage One children follow the National Curriculum:
In Early Years
In Nursery music is embedded into the daily curriculum, children sing songs daily and we have a weekly ‘Rhyme of the Week’. Musical instruments are part of the continuous provision both inside and outside in nursery, and they are often accessed in discovery time.
In Reception music is also embedded into the daily curriculum, children sing songs daily and we have a weekly ‘Rhyme of the Week’. Musical instruments are part of the continuous provision both inside and outside, and they are often accessed in discovery time. In Reception children also have a weekly music session. This will link in with the current theme, and will focus on objections from the EYFS.
In Key Stage One
In Key Stage One music teaching is linked to the current wider curriculum topic, for example: listening to music used to celebrate Holi when learning about India. Children have opportunities in these lessons to listen and appreciate music, play a range of musical instruments, sing, and compose.
Our children enjoy lessons and we believe this early love of learning stimulates children to become life-long learners. Music assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each term to inform leaders of the improvements or skills that still need to be embedded.
We believe that all our children have the right to
Powerful learning experiences – Feel safe and be happy – Be treated as individuals
We work together to respect
Everyone in our community regardless of difference
We realise that we all have a responsiblity to
Make the best contribution we can