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Hasland Infant and Nursery School

We are Musicians

Music Subject Leader

Miss. Imogen Tinsley

At Hasland Infant and Nursery School, we are musicians! We want our children to love music, and to have no limits to what their ambitions are relating to this - maybe even growing up wanting to be music producers, songwriters, composers or rockstars! 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)


Our aims are:


  • To encourage awareness, enjoyment and appreciation of music in all its forms.
  • To develop imagination and creativity.
  • To help children of all abilities develop positive attitudes and to experience success and satisfaction in music.


Through an aspirational and inclusive music curriculum, children’s self-esteem and creativity will be developed. 

Please click on the link below to view our policy.


We deliver a broad and balanced music curriculum across school with Kapow music.  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 use glockenspiels, ocarinas and a wide range of percussion instruments. The Ocarina is an alternative to a recorder. It has 4 holes that can play 11 notes by covering different combinations of holes. The Year 2 children learn the ocarina as part of their music lessons.