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 Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as  musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement (National Curriculum document 2014).


At St. Mary’s we will use the excellent resources of the Charanga School of music to help develop pupils’ musical abilities.

Throughout the children's topics, the teachers will provide opportunities for the children to use the outdoor learning facilities and the world around them to deepen their learning


Reception music  – Summary of learning:

Musical learning focus for Terms 1 and 2: listening and responding to different styles of music, embedding foundations of the interrelated dimensions of music; listening to, learning to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs; improvising leading to playing classroom instruments;  share and perform the learning that has taken place.


Topics will vary depending on class interests. The curriculum shall build upon children’s progress within the prime areas of learning (C&L, PSED & PD) and the following specific areas:


Children in reception will be learning to:

  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Watch and talk about dance and performance art, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.


Autumn Term

Unit 1

Cross-curricular/topic-based focus: Me! – explore - growing, homes, colour, toys, how I look.

Unit 2

Cross-curricular and topic-based focus: My Stories – explore -using your imagination; Christmas, Festivals, Fairies, Pirates, Treasure, Superheroes, Let’s pretend, Once upon a Time.


Spring Term

Unit 1

Cross-curricular and topic-based focus: Everyone! – explore - family, friends, people and music from around the world.


Unit 2

Cross-curricular and topic-based focus: Our World – explore - animals, jungle, minibeasts, night and day, sand and water, seaside, seasons, weather, sea, space.


Summer Term

Musical learning focus for Term 3:


Unit 1

Big Bear Funk – A Transition Unit:

1. Listen and Appraise

2.Musical Activities – learn about the interrelated dimensions of music through singing, improvising and playing classroom instruments.


Unit 2

Reflect, Rewind and Replay: consolidation of learning and contextualising the history of music.





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