Castle Bromwich

Infant and Nursery School

Reach for the Stars

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Music at CBINS

Intent - Our Music curriculum is designed to enable and inspire all children to develop a love for music and increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We encourage our children to become musicians by learning to sing and use their voices, play musical instruments, create and compose music, listen to and evaluate a wide range of music and explore the inter-related dimensions of music. We feel it is crucial for children to participate in a subject that can give so much enjoyment and confidence, stimulate so much creativity and connect so many in one universal language.


Curriculum Drivers


Big ideas



  • Learning for Life
  • Learning together; Making connections
  • Learning and Living Healthily
  • Learnning and Living in our Community and the Wider World
  • Using our voices expressively and creatively
  • Explore and play tuned and untuned instruments
  • Listen to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • Experiment with sounds
  • Progression of skills and knowledge
  • Builds on, embeds and deepens prior learning
  • Practical exploration, creation and reflection underpin teaching and learning


Implementation – We implement this by following blocks of learning experiences linked to the inter-related dimensions of music that builds on prior musical knowledge and understanding in order to meet and go beyond national expectations as outlined in the EYFS and KS1 curriculum. Children learn to become musicians through using their voice in different ways for singing and performing chants and rhymes; exploring musical instruments in their independent play and in taught sessions; listening to and moving to music; experimenting with sounds and ideas to compose their own pieces of music; learning performance skills and quality first teaching.




Support and challenge


Retaining knowledge

  • Modelling through clear presentation of subject matter
  • Responsive and adaptive to the needs of children
  • Assessment for learning throughout
  • Promoting independence through learning and play
  • Impactful questioning that promotes deeper thinking and talk
  • Promoting the use of everyday language, the language of learning e.g. compare, analyse etc... and subject specific vocabulary e.g. pulse, tempo, rhythm
  • Developmentally appropriate that leads to high levels of productivity
  • Scaffolding through resources, models, peer support and adult interaction
  • Addressing errors at the point of misconception
  • Delving deeper through questioning, both adult led and child led
  • Use feedback, learning conversations, play partnering and sustained shared thinking strategies to reinforce and extend learning


  • Sequential mapping and skills progression that revisits and reinforces taught content
  • Learning environment that reinforces taught knoweldge and encourages application to new learning with continuous provision inviting children to turn to music as part of their play and exploration
  • Apply skills and knowledge into new contexts by making links to previous learning


Impact – Our Music curriculum leads to good progress across the school. At the end of EYFS (any data from Expressive arts and design – is it above national?) children are more confident in ________ can articulate ______ and demonstrate _____. At the end of KS1, children build on the skills and knowledge acquired in EYFS and show_______________, use______________ when discussing __________ and can relate/understand _______________