In Year One, using our projects as a stimulus, we build on the musical skills of each child and give them opportunities to create and respond to different musical styles. They learn a range of songs, poems, chants, raps and stories and begin to make their own choices of suitable ways to accompany their musical story telling. They use a wide range of instruments and, through games, they are introduced to simple musical notation. Children develop their use of rhythm and can use this expressively in a variety of ways. Performances are mainly to each other and the children are encouraged to give opinions about their presentations.
‘I liked it when we were doing Jack and the Beanstalk using instruments and characters. I was the mum and the child. I chose to play a maraca and a trumpet.’