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Mellor St Mary CE Primary School

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Music in EYFS

In Mellor St Mary CE Primary School we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early  Years and Foundation Stage issued by the DFE. We also use 'Development Matters' to support our planning, teaching, observing and learning outcomes in EYFS on a day to day basis.


Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.

Expressive Arts and Design ELG: Being Imaginative and Expressive Children at the expected level of development will:

- Invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher;

- Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs;

- Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – try to move in time with music.


In our school children will be taught:

  • to create music based on a theme
  • plays instruments (including imaginary ones such as air guitar) to match the structure of the music.
  • keep a steady beat whilst playing instruments – his or her own steady beat in his or her creative music making.
  • create rhythms using instruments and body percussion.
  • sing the melodic shape (moving melody, eg up and down, down & up) of familiar songs.
  • enjoy performing, solo and or in groups.
  • think abstractly about music and expresses this physically or verbally
  • compare pieces of music,
  • Associate genres of music with characters and stories.