As our Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, we relate the musical aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in Development Matters which underpin the curriculum planning for children from birth to 5 years old. Music in Early Years is taught as part of the topic work covered during the year. Music lessons are planned for using the Expressive Arts and Design (Being Imaginative and Exploring and using Media and Materials) areas of learning, however, lessons also focus on other areas of learning, such as Communication and Language. Music is also explored across the curriculum in order to support others areas of learning, e.g. singing songs to learn to count in Maths.
In Nursery, children are taught Phase 1 phonics which develop children’s musical skills. They explore; environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and oral blending and segmenting. Children learn to join in singing their favourite songs and progress to singing to themselves and making up simple songs. Children progress from creating sounds by banging, shaking and tapping to then exploring a range of different instruments (maracas, bells, tambourines, etc). As children show an interest in the way musical instruments sound, they then learn to tap out simple repeated rhythms.