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Music in EYFS

The EYFS framework is structured very differently to the national curriculum as it is organised across seven areas of learning rather than subject areas. The aim of this document is to help subject leaders to understand how the skills taught across EYFS feed into national curriculum subjects.


This document demonstrates which statements from the 2020 Development Matters are prerequisite skills for music within the national curriculum. The table below outlines the most relevant statements taken from the Early Learning Goals in the EYFS statutory framework and the Development Matters age ranges for Three and Four-Year-Olds and Reception to match the programme of study for music.


The most relevant statements for music are taken from the following areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Arts and Design



Communication and Language

  • Listen carefully to rhymes and songs, paying attention to how they sound.
  • Learn rhymes, poems and songs.

Physical Development

  • Combine different movements with ease and fluency.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express

their ideas and feelings.

  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas

and developing their ability to represent them.

  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.
  • Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.
  • Sing in a group or on their own, increasingly matching the pitch and following the melody.
  • Explore and engage in music making and dance, performing solo or in groups.



Arts and Design

Being Imaginative and Expressive

  • Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and (when appropriate) try to move in time with music.