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Music Intent 


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 musical forms. 


We teach them core skills to compose, perform and evaluate their own musical sequences. 

Composer of the month

Each month we learn about a different composer. We enjoy listening to different music styles and music from around the World.


Igor Stravinsky

   In June we learn all about the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. We listened to piece of music called 'The Firebird'

The Firebird - Stravinsky

The YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 performs The Firebird (Infernal Dance -- Berceuse -- Finale) by Stravinsky at the Grand Finale concert.

                   Links to our school values and SMSC


Our whole school values and the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum (SMSC) form an integral part of our Music curriculum here at Whitefield.


Spiritual - Children are encouraged to reflect on the important effect that music has on people. Singing is also a form of collective worship, demonstrated in our weekly singing assemblies.


Moral Children learn to compose and perform for a range of audiences and purposes. They are also encouraged to respect all genres of music. The songs we sing are carefully chosen to provide opportunities for children explore different feelings and values through lyrics. In addition to this, children learn to look after musical instruments and equipment from Nursery onwards.


SocialThrough the shared goal of making music, children learn to work effectively with others and build good relationships. Music plays an essential role in developing self-confidence such as through sharing music and performing. The extra-curricular opportunities provided at Whitefield provide children with opportunities to perform and participate in the celebration of music.


Cultural - Children explore music from many cultures/religions and through their growing knowledge of different forms of music, providing them with the opportunity to develop their understanding of different cultures/religions and their music. They also learn about the history of music when listening to and appraising music from different genres.


Respect – Musical experiences stimulates children’s curiosity about and understanding of different cultures/religions and their music, whilst also developing their knowledge and understanding of their own personal identities as well as others’. Through this, children learn to respect the diversity of Music.


Kindness - Children understand that they can express their views and listen to the views of others when appraising music. They also respect each other’s views which may differ to their own.


 ResponsibilityChildren understand that there are expectations that have to be followed during Music learning and why these are in place.


Team workChildren are given opportunities to have a say, question and be engaged in topics they want to learn about.

World Nursery Rhyme Week


Each class celebrated World Nursery Rhyme week by learning a different Nursery Rhyme. We recorded the performance to share with the other classes in school. As some classes have been isolating your child's performance may not be ready to watch yet but all classes performances will be on the school website by the end of the term. The children have thoroughly enjoyed Nursery Rhyme week and watching their friend's performances.



Nursery have worked so hard learning nursery rhymes as part of National Nursery Rhyme Week! 

Well done boys and girls! 


Click the link to see our nursery children’s fabulous learning.

Class 1- Incy Wincy Spider

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Class 8 - Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Class 9- Miss Polly had a Dolly

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Music throughout school


Enjoying music in our classroom under the sky

Early Years

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 our musician 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.


Creating Musical Compositions

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