At Saltergate Schools, we believe that music ignites all areas of children development and develops essential skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language and overall literacy. It helps the body and mind work together. For children and adults, music also strengthens memory skills.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, our music planning is based on the relevant statements taken from the 'Expressive Arts and Design' and 'Communication and Language' Early Learning Goals.
Our children have daily opportunities to sing, play musical games, explore sounds, dance and move to different kinds of music. Although some of these activities are integrated throughout the day, discrete music lessons are also planned on a weekly basis. We focus on teaching our children to sing simple songs from memory. These might include nursery rhymes, action songs, topic related songs or counting songs. Our children have opportunities to match movement to music by responding to their own singing, tuned or untuned percussion instruments or to a pre-recorded piece of music. They recognise and explore how sounds can be changed and investigate repeated sounds and sound patterns.
Click on the sub pages below to find out about some of our children's exciting learning opportunities.