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The Oaks Primary School

From Little Acorns Grow Mighty Oaks


Music Rationale


In Early Years, children will have opportunity to explore and engage in music making. Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses whilst listening to a wide variety of music and sound. Children will sing in a group or on their own, being supported to increasingly matching the pitch and follow the melody of simple tunes.


In Key Stage One, children will be provided with a range of opportunities to use both their voices and an assortment of instruments. Children listen to a range of high quality live and recorded music from a variety of historical periods and genres. They will develop skills to help them experiment with, create, select and combine sounds, enabling the children to have a broad understanding of key concepts that they will build upon in Key Stage Two.


In Key Stage Two, children further develop and refine the key concepts from Key Stage One. Children broaden their knowledge of significant musicians and composers from a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They will be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. Children will have the opportunity to understand and explore how music is created and produced by composing their own music for a range of purposes, using and understanding musical notations. They will develop an understanding of the history of music by listening to and evaluating music across a range of historical periods.