Music at Finstall First School


At Finstall First School Music lessons follow the aims of the Music National Curriculum 2014 and the EYFS for children in Reception. 


The following key skills are taught throughout Key stage 1 and 2:

  • Listen to music, review and evaluate music from different periods of music including the music of the great composers and great musicians
  • Create and compose music on their own or with others.
  • Pitch
  • Duration
  • Dynamics
  • Tempo
  • Timbre
  • Texture
  • Using their voice to sing songs
  • Playing tuned and untuned instruments
  • In years 3 and 4 - beginning to use and understand standard notation.
Instrumental lessons
Children in Years 2-4 have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder.  In these lessons children further develop their music knowledge and understanding of musical terms and begin to read standard notation.
Children in Years 3 and 4 have the opportunity to learn to play the following instruments:
  • Violin
  • Clarinet
  • Cello
  • Keyboard
  • Guitar.
Some instrumental lessons are provided by Seven Arts, Worcestershire and guitar lessons are provided by two private instrumental teachers.  All children who have instrumental lessons at school perform at the Easter and Summer Musical concerts.  Children who have private instrumental lessons outside of school are also invited to perform as well.
Children have the opportunity to develop their singing during their Music lessons, in assembly sessions and a weekly singing practise.  Years 3 and 4 children also have the opportunity to sing as part of the school Choir.  The Choir perform regularly each term.  At Christmas they perform at the Christmas Fayre  and at the local care home in Burcot.  In the Spring and Summer terms the Choir performs at the Easter and Summer musical concerts.



During assemblies children listen to Music from different Musical periods including the works of the great composers as they enter and leave the hall and before the assembly begins  They are encouraged to listen and reflect on the music they hear and questions are asked and facts given to develop the children's knowledge of music and musicians from different genres.