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Music at Hempstead Infant School


Early Years Foundation Stage

To reach an expected level of achieving the early learning goal, the children will sing songs, make music and dance and experiment with ways of changing them. They will do this through a topic-based approach, by:

Ÿ Building a repertoire of rhymes, songs and dances, through daily singing and whole school assembly.

Ÿ Explore the different sounds of instruments, following and creating their own simple rhythms, for example, to accompany stories such as, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Ÿ Initiate new combinations of movement and gesture in order to express and respond to feelings, ideas and experiences, for example, through the exploration and investigation of mini-beasts.

Year 1

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Year 2

Year 2 teach music also through a topic-based cross-curricular approach, building on all the skills previously learned in FS and Year 1. The children are taught to:

Ÿ Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs, for example, about pirates during their topic on Black Beard and other pirates.

Ÿ Play tuned and untuned instruments musically to explore different sounds, for example using African drums during their topic on Anansi.

Ÿ Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music to explore examples of music styles and genres.

Ÿ Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions/elements of music, using their singing voices, body percussion and whole body actions, as well as learning to play instruments effectively.

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