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Music

National Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

At Coombe Hill Infant School, we aim to deliver a high-quality Music provision which inspires children’s love of music and enjoyment of performance.  Our teaching staff agree that we are aiming for the same endpoint - we want our children to engage with a wide range of music, compose their own pieces and develop the skill of listening with critical engagement.

Curriculum Implementation 

At Coombe Hill Infant School, we teach music throughout the whole curriculum and through sessions with our professional drummer.   All staff have a clear and ambitious vision for providing high quality teaching of music.  Our curriculum is designed to allow children to …

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs in assembly and in class 
  • learning poems, chants and rhymes and performing them in assemblies
  • “play tuned and untuned instruments musically”.  In Reception, children have access to percussion instruments so they can create and compose independently.  We have drumming sessions in all year groups, taught by our professional drummer - this covers all areas of the EYFS and KS1 music curriculum.  In Year 2, all children have the opportunity to learn the hand bells and the recorder.
  • “listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music”.  We ensure that the children have lots of opportunities to listen to high quality music from a variety of styles and from around the world.  Children are often encouraged to paint or draw whilst listening to music. 
  • “experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music”

Oracy in all subjects

Our curriculum design allows for as many speaking opportunities as possible as our teachers understand that speaking and listening are at the heart of language.  Not only are they the foundations for reading and writing, they are also essential skills for thinking and communication.  Our teachers are role models for good spoken English, using ambitious vocabulary and correct grammar.  Children are encouraged to read aloud, discuss ideas with their peers and teachers, engage with and learn new vocabulary to extend their spoken and receptive vocabulary.