At Forefield Community Infant and Nursery School we value music as a creative art. Children take part in singing activities each week in assemblies and collective worship. We use singing as a form of celebration to aid and enhance our curriculum.
In the Early Years Foundation stage music is embedded into the Expressive Arts and Design strand of the Foundation Stage curriculum. Children are encouraged to learn and explore with traditional instruments and to explore and make their own sounds. The Early Learning Goals expects children to represent their own ideas through music (Being Imaginative) and to sing songs, make music and experiment with ways of changing it (Exploring and Using Media and Materials).
In the EYFS, children are taught music through using the Kindermusik scheme of work. This scheme combines listening and attention skills, co-ordination and control skills and musical exploration in focused theme based lessons. Music is taught as a discrete lesson each week, and each lesson is repeated, giving children ample opportunity to develop music skills as well as confidence in exploring different ways to play the instruments. During musical exploration elements all children have the same instrument to play and explore with sounds with.
Year 1 continue to teach music following the Kindermusik scheme. These lessons build on the content of the EYFS. Children are introduced to key musical concepts and to playing tuned percussion instruments. Children are exposed to a variety of different styles and genres of music to listen and respond to.
In Year 2 children are taught music using a combination of schemes including Kindermusik and Cheranga. Children are taught for some modules by a specialist music teacher who teaches modules on tuned and untuned percussion. Children learn about music from other cultures and perform their African drumming skills in an end of module performance.