In our school, the music curriculum exposes children to a variety of music experiences, through which we aim to build up the confidence of every child. Children are taught to listen to and respond to a range of musical experiences and develop a life-long love and appreciation of different music forms. We teach them core skills to compose, perform and evaluate their own musical sequences.
Music throughout school
In the Nursery and Reception, we enjoy singing lots of nursery rhymes and favourite songs. We learn to tap out repeated rhythms and explore how sounds can be changed. Our outside classroom includes a large music area for music-making outdoors. We explore different ways to move to music and often have music playing in our classrooms or outside during child-initiated time.
Key Stage 1
During Key Stage 1 music is taught through our curriculum, using a variety of resources and is enhanced regularly with music sessions from Steve Brown, a Creative Practitioner in residence. We learn to listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. We play a range of tuned and untuned musical instruments and work together to create short compositions. We explore how sounds and silence can create different moods and effects and learn to control the sounds we create with our voices and instruments.
Web Links for Parents
A selection of different games, lessons, quizzes and activities for children ages 4 – 11
Glossary of musical terminology
Almost every musical term you'll want or need to know is defined on this very extensive web site.
Creatingmusic.com is a children's online creative music environment for children of all ages. It's a place for children to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles.
Introduction to reading music
Some people think trying to read music is hard and difficult. The following set of pages will try to introduce the most important topics in reading music in a very easy to understand way.
Instruments of the Orchestra Quiz
Test your knowledge of the instruments that play in the orchestra
A complete index of all, well known, classical composers
Virtual musical Instruments
Have fun playing a selection of virtual instruments