Moving the Early Learning Goal Posts: Music

Sep 16, 2021

Ah yes, I’d heard there are new Early Learning Goals. But music isn’t in the EYFS Framework, is it? Not explicitly, no. However, you will likely have been supporting your Early Years team with their expressive arts & design (EAD) and physical development (PD) areas of learning as precursors to your KS1 and KS2 curriculum area, so it’s important you are aware of the changes. As of September 2021, new Early Learning Goals (ELGs), drawn from the updated 2021 EYFS Framework are in place. The development towards these goals is explored in greater detail in the new non-statutory Development Matters.

OK, but presumably they aren’t that different? Not hugely, no. The new ELGs that connect to music are:

EAD: 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

OK, that was easy! Anything else I should be aware of? Yes, just one other thing: the new guidance for EYFS practitioners has removed the ‘exceeding’ categorisation for the EYFS Profile. However, this is for paperwork purposes only – an attempt to reduce the workload of teachers – not a removal of the need to challenge and extend able children. The DfE explains: “Teachers will be expected to continue to identify and stretch more able children.”

In a nutshell… Support Early Years teachers to reflect on and implement musical development.

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