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Hasland Infant and Nursery School


Music Subject Leader

Miss. I. Tinsley

At Hasland Infant and Nursery School, children will be taught how to listen, review, and evaluate music and in turn develop a life-long love of music. As musicians, children will develop listening skills, aural discrimination, sequencing, and memory through their music sessions.  We will promote the enjoyment and appreciation of music by listening to a wide range of music from different historical periods, genres, cultures, and times.  Children will be taught the names of some great composers and musicians and given the opportunity to express their response to what they hear.


Children in the Early Years will access carefully planned play activities, both inside and out, which will allow them to be creative, to explore and experiment with sounds, beat and rhythm.   Teaching sessions will encourage class work and group work which will include singing and an introduction to the development of musical skills.  Nursery and Reception children will follow a progressive curriculum, with teaching sessions becoming more formal in Key Stage 1.


All children in Key Stage 1 will be given the opportunity to participate in stimulating lessons that are holistic, develop co-operative working to encourage them to behave as musicians.  As musicians, they will have the opportunity to play untuned and tuned instruments and learn that singing has health benefits. They will create their own musical ideas by using their voices, body percussion and instruments whilst utilising technology appropriately throughout lessons.


Children will be encouraged to develop an understanding of music by exploring how music is created, produced, and communicated through inter-related dimensions such as pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture, and appropriate musical notations.  They will be taught to


  • develop the ability to control sounds through singing, creating rhythms and playing musical instruments (performing)
  • be encouraged to create and develop musical ideas on their own and with others (composing)
  • develop the ability to respond to music (appraising)


Through an aspirational and inclusive music curriculum, children’s self-esteem and creativity will be developed. Musical talent and ability will be encouraged and identified by class teachers and provision will be encouraged via home school links through the Derbyshire Music Hub.


Please click on the link below to view our policy.


We deliver a broad and balanced music curriculum across school with the Charanga Music School.  This encourages the children to sing and play instruments whilst increasing self-confidence and creativity.  They also develop an understanding and appreciation of different types of Music.


The National Plan for Music Education states:  ‘Children from all backgrounds and every part of England should have the

opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to make music with others.’


All children are encouraged to play percussion instruments – untuned and tuned.  We bought a set of glockenspiels this year so that Year 1 and Year 2 children could learn to play a tune following simple ‘music’ on the screen.  They are becoming experts! 











Also, In Year 2 we encourage the children to play the Ocarina.  An alternative to a recorder, it has 4 holes that can play 11 notes by covering different combinations of holes. 




Music is not just about playing singing and playing instruments.   One of the National Curriculum aims is “to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live music from great composers and music.” 



Just close your eyes and think about a world that’s wrong

Without a sound, without a song

Then move your hands and feet and let your spirit fly

With music you can reach the sky!

We raise our voices to sing

Listen! Hear the beauty they bring!

Singing and playing, all together, having fun

There’s a place for everyone.


And just for fun …..  Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman (with sign language)


Here are some other ideas to keep you busy while you are not in school. 

This website has lots of interesting activities that you can do at home.  

Just look for the Music at Home link.



Purple Mash is offering free access for parents/carers during Home/School time.  Visit the website and register for a 60-day free access trial.

Your child will be familiar with this website.  There are lots of things to do!


However, if you type ‘music’ into the search bar, you can experiment with the following apps:

2explore – for creating simple music

2beat – for creating drum patterns

2sequence – for composing tunes

2create a story – for combining words, pictures, sounds and animation

Don’t forget to save your work!  As an additional activity, use the Export icon to export the children’s soundtracks as an MP3 file. Why not create a blog!  All details are on the website.



Do you want access to 400+ songs to sing with your children? 

Music Express, the online resource, is now completely free for parents until 31st August.


Simply log on to:

Click on the Teacher Portal to login


Password:  Parents20!

Click on ‘Song Bank’ … and away you go!




Finally, if you need another idea, Gareth Malone has created a   National Choir for self-isolating singers to bring communities together digitally through song.


Search for the Great British Home Chorus.  You can register to get music for the songs – a new one every week – so you can all join in.  Week one was ‘You are My Sunshine’ which is good for the whole family.  Some of the songs may be more suitable for adults but the warm-ups can be enjoyed by any age!