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At Parsonage Farm, we believe that every child is an individual and should be supported to become a confident, resilient, independent, lifelong learner and encouraged to ‘be the best that they can be’. Our whole school value – ‘Together we create a rainbow of possibilities’ – supports this.

Our Music curriculum is based on the National Curriculum statutory guidance, with children following programmes of study in accordance with their age, stage and ability.

We have carefully created our curriculum to meet the needs and learning styles of all children. It has been designed around a set of progressive knowledge and skills, but the context in which these are delivered is tailored to each cohort of children dependent on their interests and needs. The knowledge and skills are planned so that the sequence enables children to know more, do more and remember more.

Progression of Skills

Our Music curriculum is planned so that there is a clear progression of skills from Nursery to Year 2 but within each year group we also meet the individual needs of all children by extending or supporting their skill development regardless of their age.

See attachments for each year group.

Teaching and Learning

Our Music curriculum is based around the EYFS Framework (in Nursery and Reception) and the National Curriculum for KS1 (in Years 1 and 2).

Music National Curriculum for KS1

Key stage 1

Pupils should be 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.

At Parsonage Farm, we are supported by Hampshire Music Service, who teach music once a week to Year 1 and Year 2.

Year 1 follow Curriculum Music

Year 2 follow ‘Listen 2 Me’ – each term learning how to play a different instrument

                                         - ukulele

                                         - recorder

                                         - African drums or Samba

Year 1 and Year 2 are also offered the opportunity to learn to play the violin with a peripatetic member of staff from Hampshire Music Service.