The non-statutory framework for EYFS requires seven areas for development, including the four specific areas, one of which is 'expressive arts and design'. Children in EYFS have the opportunity to explore this skill through 'creating with materials' and being 'imaginative and expressive'. EYFS children at Beaumont are able to develop by singing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs; performing songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music. The use of Charanga is used alongside to support them.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils: perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Key Stage 1 children at Beaumont are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes, play tuned and untuned instruments musically, listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music, experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music through the use of Charanga.
As children move through Beaumont, they show progress by singing and playing musically with increasing confidence and control. They develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory, play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression, improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music, listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory, use and understand staff and other musical notations, appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians, develop an understanding of the history of music through the use of Charanga .