In Nursery and Reception the children are encouraged to play with the instruments and explore the sounds they make. They learn about the beat and practise clapping and beating patterns of rhythm. They listen to a wide range of music and are encouraged to respond to the music through dance, discussion or performance. Singing is an integral part of every day and the children are encouraged to sing familiar songs such as nursery rhymes and learn and perform new songs.
In Key Stage 1 we follow the Charanga Musical School Scheme. The children are given the opportunity to listen and respond to a wide ranging variety of music from classical and jazz to pop, hip hop and reggae. We have class sets of glockenspiels and the children are taught to play their instruments alongside learning to sing the songs. We also have weekly singing assemblies where the children enjoy singing in a large group and learning a large repertoire of songs. The children are given opportunities to improvise, compose and perform music both in small groups in class and on a larger stage at class assemblies and year group performances.