At Chestnuts, we aim to encourage enjoyment and an understanding of music through listening, composing and performing. Music is a unique and powerful form of communication that can change the way children feel, act and think. Through our music teaching, the children have opportunities to increase their creativity, self-confidence and imagination.  

In Early Years, songs are used to explore all areas of learning as well as the routines of the school day. Patterns and rhythm are introduced and there are opportunities within the continuous provision, such as exploring instruments, to enhance their musical development.  

The skills that have been learnt in Early Years are built upon in Key Stage 1 where children continue to develop their understanding of rhythm, pattern, pitch and tone. They are also taught about music from other cultures and how to create their own pieces.  

In Key Stage 2, specialist music teachers deliver engaging music lessons which complement the curriculum topic being studied. During these lessons, the children will explore a range of musical instruments and develop musical skills such as pulse, rhythm, composition, improvisation and performance. 

Throughout the school, the children have many opportunities to listen to and perform music in sing and sign assemblies and productions, sharing musical experiences with their peers and their families, whilst at the same time learning the art of performance.  

Through music at Chestnuts, we aim to: 

  • Build up the confidence of all children by enabling them to participate in a variety of musical experiences. 
  • Develop the children's ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. 
  • Encourage children to discuss music using a range of technical vocabulary. 
  • Develop descriptive language skills in music lessons while learning how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives.
  • Make music an enjoyable learning experience for all.