The understanding and enjoyment of music is developed through a range of activities that include performing, composing and appraising.
The children learn to sing a wide variety of songs; they perform songs regularly in assembly, as well as in the annual school productions, and this helps to develop their confidence. They learn to play percussion instruments, and they develop the ability to play them rhythmically to accompany songs. They work in pairs or groups to create their own pieces of music using the instruments, and they learn to play with sensitivity to each other.
The children listen to pieces of music from different times and cultures, and they learn to describe and compare sounds using simple terms. They respond to music; identifying changes in character and mood, and they recognise how music can be used to communicate ideas and feelings. They learn how music is produced in different ways, using orchestral instruments, electronic instruments and ICT.