Through the core musical activities of composing, performing and listening, children develop their creativity by investigating, combining and experimenting with sounds. They develop their social skills and confidence in their music making, both as individuals and members of a group.
Building on their learning from the Foundation Stage, children continue to develop singing and instrumental skills, and further develop their skills of listening and responding to music. As they develop their vocal and instrumental skills, children also create musical stories, pictures, patterns, conversations and accompaniments.
At Key Stages 1 and 2, children start to think and talk about characteristics within the music that they create, perform and listen to. Along with developing aural awareness and communication skills, engaging in musical activities should enhance children’s self-esteem and heighten their awareness of themselves and their immediate environment.