Our Early Years music curriculum follows the ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ learning pathway of the Development Matters guidance, meeting the requirements of the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This culminates in our Reception children learning and performing a range of songs, learning to listen to music and developing their abilities to express themselves through music. Here, they are introduced to fundamental musical vocabulary, focus on fine and gross motor practise and develop an awareness of basic rhythm. Our children regularly experiment with sound, use their bodies to respond to music and sing. Children practise regularly and are given the opportunity to perform in front of their peers.
The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the national curriculum as it is organised across seven areas of learning rather than subject areas. The most relevant statements for music are taken from the following areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Expressive Arts and Design
By the end of the EYFS, our children will be able to:
Vocabulary we use:
Nursery rhymes, action songs, instruments, share, respond, explore, listen, sing, play, learn, beat, pulse, rhythm, pitch, high, low, long, short, perform, share, play, stop, move, listen, actions, voice, hands, feet instrument, big sounds, soft sounds, loud sounds, soft sounds, soft, medium, hard, solo, group, shake, tap, ring.