Early Years

Our aim in with music in Early Years is to set the children off on their musical journey. Children in Early Years will learn how to listen carefully and copy exactly what they hear. They will learn to spot differences in pitch, dynamics and tempo, and begin to hear this vocabulary used in music lessons. They will learn that music can be used to convey emotions and set moods. They will learn to follow a beat, and will learn that there are 4 different groups of musical instruments – strings, brass, percussion, wind.

Key Stage One

Children in KS1 continue their strong start from Early Years, by engaging in hands-on, practical lessons with a focus on listening to and creating music. Children will build on prior knowledge and explore concepts further and in greater depth, and learn some new concepts and vocabulary as well. Children will compose their own tunes using their knowledge of rhythm and pitch, and will begin to learn about musical notation as a way to record a melody. They will learn the names of several more musical instruments and how these sound – spotting them in pieces of music.

Lower Key Stage Two

Children in years 3 and 4 will continue to develop their musical knowledge in fun, practical sessions. They will be exposed to different styles of music and learn about the history of these styles and their origins. They will revisit vocabulary and themes learned in Key Stage 1 but with more detail, and will be given more opportunities to compose their own pieces using what they have learned. In Year 4 they will be introduced to the ukulele, receiving instrumental tuition for the whole of the Spring term. All this will continue to develop the children’s identity as musicians and explore which styles they enjoy.

Upper Key Stage Two

Children in years 5 and 6 will further explore a range of different music styles such as Blues, musical theatre, film scores and even modern electric dance music. Upper KS2 is packed with engaging and interesting music units, as well as two more terms of ukulele instrumental lessons. Children are encouraged to think of themselves as musical individuals in their own right, with lots of experiences and a broad set of embedded skills which will give them a great head start to learning Music in secondary school.