Early Years Foundation Stage

Fantastic music programmes for Nursery and Reception teachers to teach from

The content of each pack is based on a specially chosen piece of classical music. Explore the features of the pack below!

Early Years Programmes

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Watch the video to explore the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘why’, and ‘how’ of our EYFS programmes

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Personal, Social & Emotional

Building on confidence and internal development is a critical feature in the learning activities within the pack. The music and activities encourage expression, which is communicated in a variety of ways.

  1. Making Relationships

    The packs encourage a cohesive environment where children work together on many activities and learn to respect each other in discussions. In some physical activities, the teacher may call on individual volunteers to create a pattern or movement for the rest of the class to imitate, thereby teaching the class to value each other’s opinions.

  2. Managing Feelings and Behaviour

    The routines of the lessons encourage children to communicate their emotions: these are seen through physical and creative activities. As there are different roles and opportunities to volunteer, the children are taught the significance of sharing and listening while others communicate.

  3. Self-confidence and Self-awareness

    Children are given the chance to express preference and choice. This is approached in a verbal and physical manner. Various activities build awareness through the use of untuned instruments; the children can create different sounds and, as the lessons progresses, they will become more confident in doing so. All activities are designed to make the children aware of how they can impact change and lead to growth through music.

Literacy

Basic forms of reading and writing are touched upon in each lesson, with an emphasis on picture recognition to encourage communication and creativity.

  1. Reading

    In every lesson, poems, songs, and storybook pages will be explored as a group. There will be chances for children to join in, anticipating what can come next as familiarity with the music grows over the 12 lessons.

  2. Writing

    Within each lesson there are activities for the children to explore mark-making and drawing. Writing of letters appears at the later levels of EYFS

Understanding the World

Both in school and at home, understanding backgrounds of people, places and objects is vital for children. Sustaining an interest in ‘wanting-to-know-more’ about surroundings should be encouraged from an early age, and methods of discovery should also be introduced.

  1. People and Communities

    When teaching the relationships between instrument families, the children will be encouraged to recount their own family members, reviewing similarities and differences between them. The different activities, especially those where working together and singing in unison are used will expand on community relationships. When learning about the positions and parts of those in the orchestra, the children will learn about cohesion and the different roles people play that help achieve this.

  2. Technology

    Some activities will have the teacher show children further music through the Internet. This is to teach about the use of search engines. After this has been completed, it is suggested that teachers encourage a continuation of this behaviour at home.

  3. The World

    History and geography are explored through the composer of the music, and the recurring theme of ‘Space’. The children are taught the different properties of instruments and are encouraged to relate them to other objects they have already encountered. They are also asked to link animals and their environments and characteristics to various musical features learned in class.

Communication & Language

Building on children’s communication and language is a central focus to the teaching pack. Throughout the classes, there are opportunities for all children to build on these skills through enjoyable activities. The most important part is ensuring a cohesive environment, which is evident throughout the course.

  1. Listening and Attention

    In each lesson, the teacher will engage the class through poems, discussions, songs, stories and videos about familiar topics and features within the music. These interactive methods will retain focus and enable children to develop their listening and attention skills.

  2. Speaking

    The basic questions that are posed during the classes will give each child the chance to speak confidently in groups, and independently. Throughout the sessions, the teacher will introduce new vocabulary in order to build on the children’s language skills. Children are encouraged to speak openly as individuals and collaborate as a group in discussions and performance activities. This will not only help to build their language skills but also boost confidence in a fun and stimulating way.

  3. Understanding

    The pack informs teachers how to relate musical features to common experiences and objects that are relevant to the class. Throughout the pack, songs will be introduced and repeated to solidify information that has been taught. The children will develop all curriculum skills e.g. counting, literacy and coordination through the repetition of these songs

Mathematics

Relating music to maths is very significant and the activities within the packs highlight moments for counting and rhythm creation.

  1. Numbers

    As the lessons progress, there are occasions for children to count the number of instruments, sing number songs, perform to the amount of beats in the bar and basic addition and subtraction through recognising changes in numbers.

  2. Shape, Space and Measures

    In all aspects of the course, whether talking about comparing instrument sizes and shape, creating rhythmic patterns, or group puzzle work, the children will work on their shape recognition.

Expressive Arts & Design

While being creative or imaginative, it is important for the child to lead and see the effects of their thoughts. In the earlier lessons, the children are encouraged to develop their imagination and the ways they creatively respond to objects and music. In the later lessons there are chances for individuals to lead and teach.

  1. Being Imaginative

    Through various activities, the children will be guided through an imaginative process, with chances to create their own actions to music. Using untuned instruments, they will also have the opportunity to create their own rhythms and volume changes. In many lessons, the teacher will ask the children to play a character/animal that relates to a feature in the music (for example, a ‘snapping crocodile’ in the Crescendo Croc lesson).

  2. Exploring and Using Media and Materials

    The children are encouraged to explore media and materials through creative activities incorporating arts and crafts, drawing and musical activities. During physical activities, children are also to create their own movements to reflect the features in the music. They are also provided with untuned instruments and Activity Sheets to explore ways of creating sounds, patterns and movements.

Physical Development

Through different exercises, children will learn the importance of their bodies and their upkeep, as well as proximities to ensure enjoyment and coordination.

  1. Health and Self-care

    When learning about musical instruments that require mouth contact, the children will learn about hygiene that relates to instrumental ‘mouth-pieces’. They will also learn about the requirements to keep themselves physically able to stand for long periods of time, including hydration and sleep.

  2. Moving and Handling

    Within the pack, it is important that children attain a spatial awareness of both themselves and others around them. The physical activities are designed to use both external objects and body parts in a safe and coordinated manner.

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A page from our illustrated story that is told alongside the music:

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About Voyage to the Moon video:

Voyage to the Moon in Hadley Wood Primary School

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From Reception:

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From Nursery:

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From Reception

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What is inside the 'Free Trial'?

The Free Trial provides users with a whole lesson for free. It will provide excerpts from all other resource tabs such as the song library and assembly script. The Free Trial lasts for 30 days.

Are Reception and Nursery 2 separate programmes?

Yes they are. Nursery and Reception both follow the EYFS, and therefore have similar elements. However, they are 2 separate programmes with variable teaching content.

Do I need musical experience to teach the programme?

No musical experience is required! You will be guided through all stages of the programme in our step-by-step lesson preparation.

What is the price and the subscription terms?

Nursery and Reception programmes are each £225 ex VAT, with a 10% discount upon purchase of both.

What instruments do I need access to?

You will need a variety of untuned (or percussion) instruments, such as drums or bells.

Can music specialists teach from the programme?

Yes – this is excellent supplementary material for music teachers. The content is adaptable and can fit into their curriculum easily.

The content within each pack has been written in accordance with the guidelines set by the National Curriculum for England & Wales.