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Cassiobury Infant and Nursery School

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Music is a language which young children like to explore. At Cassiobury, we understand the importance of teaching regular Music lessons in EYFS and KS1. We have recently started following a new music education programme; 'Inside Music' by the Voices Foundation. 


In Nursery and Reception, teachers provide opportunities for the children to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of musical activities. Children learn a wide range of songs and rhymes, and are encouraged to experiment with new sounds. Music is incorporated into the daily routine, helping children to cope with transitions. 


In Year 1 and Year 2, pupils are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Children learn to play tuned and untuned instruments musically. They also create sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music:


  • Pitch – The melodic aspect of sound (high/low)
  • Rhythm – The pattern of longer and shorter sounds
  • Duration - The length of time that a note is sounded 
  • Dynamics – The volume of sound (loud/quiet)
  • Tempo – The speed of the pulse [heartbeat] in a piece of music
  • Timbre – The quality of a musical sound
  • Structure – The way a piece of music is built up and the order of the different sections


KS1 and Reception attend weekly singing assemblies, where the children learn a variety of songs from different genres. 


Picture 1 Experimenting with percussion instruments
Picture 2 Owl class made shakers and performed in a band
Picture 3 Children sang nativity songs at the Advent Service