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Music at Cotmanhay Infants



  • To deliver the National curriculum for Music and to ensure that all children are able to access and achieve the end of Key stage outcomes / achieve ELG
  • Planning to teach music through other subject areas including history, geography, art and PE in a skills based approach, building on previous experience and learning.  
  • Curriculum planning shows links between music and other learning in school through a ‘Creative Curriculum’ approach.
  • To foster in our children an enthusiasm for music; enjoyment in creating, sharing and performing as well as experiencing recorded and live music. (to develop Cultural Capital)


  • Music is taught using a skills progression from 2 – 7 year olds.
  • We use Music Express schemes with supplementary resources from ‘Music in Action.’  
  • We use a variety of recorded and live performances which link to topics
  • We create the opportunity to practise and perform to others throughout the year.
  • We build in opportunities to respond to and evaluate a broad range of music from a variety of cultures – enabling our children to understand and experience the world around them.
  • We link appreciation of music and performance from around the world to British Values and PSHE – fostering tolerance and respect for others.


  • Music outcomes are assessed throughout the year in EYFS and at 3 assessment points in Key Stage 1 (December, Easter and July)
  • Subject leader monitors progress made from starting points.
  • Pupil discussion shows evidence of developing skills and experience – in particular enthusiasm and enjoyment. (The monitoring of pupil responses)
  • Impact of performing music together as a collective experience means raised self esteem and a bond with peers – linking to PSHE (skills progression Jigsaw scheme)

What we do in our school

The children sing together once a week for a special singing assembly, our chair of governor plays the piano and children learn new songs to perform. The school produces a variety of concerts throughout the year including a traditional nativity concert and Harvest festival.

The children also performed at the local fire station to an audience and the reception pupils performed at the local home for the elderly.

What parents and carers can do to help their child:

  • Sing songs, chant nursery rhymes, make your own songs up
  • Listen to music, encouraging your child to join in with the rhythm 
  • Make junk instruments with your child using old tubes, boxes, rice and pasta
  • Encourage an interest in music and the playing of an instrument
  • Encourage an interest in a range of music, watch a film and think about how the music makes you feel

Music in our school

Performance by nursery pupils to parents


Performing at the local nursing home

Performing in our school

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