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St Michael With St John Church of England Primary School

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Nursery Rationale

Our Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Music lessons and musical opportunities are planned for using the Medium Term plans for all areas of learning, placing a particular focus on the Expressive Arts and Design area of learning. Music in Early Years is taught as part of the topic work covered during the year, however, musical skills and knowledge are explored across other areas of learning, such as Communication and Language. Music is seen within most lessons in our EYFS, such as Maths, as children learn mathematical concepts through singing songs and rhymes. We provide children with extensive opportunities to develop their musical skills by singing rhymes daily as this enables them to use and embed new vocabulary in a range of contexts which gives children the opportunity to thrive.


Within Nursery, children are taught phase 1 phonics, which develops their musical skills. They explore; environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and oral blending and segmenting. In the Autumn term, children learn to; listen with increased attention to sounds. Children develop their listening skills through a range of activities such as; listening to a range of sounds in their environment, sound walks, sound bags and sound games.


In Spring, children build upon their musical knowledge and skills and continue learning phase 1 phonics. Children also learn to remember and sing entire songs. The curriculum immerses children in a range of rhymes and songs. Regular singing sessions are planned for children to sing songs and adults encourage children to join in. Children learn to respond to what they have heard, expressing their thoughts and feelings. They take part in Write Dance activities which encourage them to express themselves by creating a range of movements to music before creating these movements on paper. Adults give children regular opportunities to imitate movement in response to music through Wake and Shake style activities and by joining in with songs and action rhymes. Adults model playing musical instruments safely and the children learn to play instruments with increasing control to express their feelings and ideas. Children freely select a wide range of instruments from a range of cultures whilst in continuous provision. Instruments are explored inside and outdoors. Adults encourage children to experiment with different ways of playing instruments through careful modelling. Adults listen and value children’s music making and record their performances to share with the children and their parents.


In Summer, children learn to sing the pitch of a tone sung by another person. Adults support children to develop their singing voice using a limited pitch range. Children are encouraged to use their ‘singing voice’ when asked to sing to eliminate shouting. Children learn to sing the melodic shape (moving melody, such as up and down, down and up) of familiar songs. Adults provide regular opportunities for children to develop their vocal sounds and how they can be changed. Adults sing slowly, so that children clearly hear the words and the melody of the song. Children learn to create their own songs, or improvise a song around one they know. Adults sing regularly and model how to improvise songs. Children learn the pulse by playing games, such as clapping to the pulse of songs or music.