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Music

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As children 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.

Developing the young musician at Someries Infant School

During their time at Someries Infant School and Early Childhood Education Centre, children will acquire the following key knowledge, skills and understanding in music as part of the specialist music teaching they receive on a weekly basis.

Early childhood education curriculum milestones

Developing the knowledge and skills I need to be a successful young musician

The progress of pupils accessing our Early Childhood Education Centre is monitored using our unique curriculum milestone objectives to ensure they are suitably prepared with the foundational knowledge, skills and understanding they require to succeed in key stage one.

I explore a range of sound-makers and instruments and play them in different ways. I explore my voice and enjoy making sounds joining in with songs and rhymes.

I show attention to sounds and music and I also turn towards familiar sounds.

I play instruments with increasing control to express my feelings and ideas.

I can tap out simple repeated rhythms and explore and learn how sounds and movements can be changed.

I can sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person (‘pitch match’). I also listen with increased attention to sounds and show interest to noises.

I can explore and engage with music making and dance, performing solo or in groups. I also can sing in a group or on my own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.

I can listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing my feelings and responses. I can listen carefully to rhymes and songs and pay attention to how I sound.

I can also learn rhymes, poems and songs.

I can sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs, performing these as well as poems and stories with others and –when appropriate- try to move in time with music.

I also can make comments about what I have heard and ask questions to clarify my understanding.

Achieving these milestones throughout my early childhood education will support me in accessing my first steps in key stage one because they provide a foundation for me being able to:

  • join in with singing songs, rhymes and chants with occasional actions and listen to music
  • keep a pulse effectively and to copy back rhythms precisely, also to be able to control a dance scarf in response to listening to music
  • play untuned percussion instruments and Boom whackers effectively and follow basic notation, holding a rhythm pattern with confidence
  • demonstrate an awareness of the meaning of tempo and dynamics

Key stage one

How children will build on the foundational knowledge, skills and understanding they developed throughout their Early Childhood Education

Throughout key stage one, pupils are taught how use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They also learn how to play tuned and untuned instruments musically and how to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. A wide variety of planned opportunities enable children to experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

All pupils receive a weekly music lesson from a specialist music teacher.