The teaching and learning of Music engages and inspires children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.


At Herne Bay Infant School and Seashells Nursery, we regularly celebrate the interests and talents of our children, particularly when learning or mastering playing an instrument.

Music is a daily part of school life and used in many different ways; classroom routines, reflecting on our thoughts, joining in with acts of worship, learning new facts (such as to remember the 7 continents), enjoyment, creating a calm learning environment, mindfulness or to exercise alongside.

Music lessons are linked through the connectors but at times are also taught discretely. We aim to ensure that all children:

  • perform, listen to and review music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of a variety of great composers and musicians.
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately.
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Key Stage 1 Curriculum:

  • 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.