Music is highly regarded at La Moye School and it is used as a vehicle to unite the school in many settings. These include events such as; community concerts, Christmas events, school performances, music clubs/groups and Key Stage singing. We use an on-line, interactive website to support teaching and delivering the curriculum, called Charanga. This provides an excellent base, covering a wide selection of music from all time periods. This is also linked with our Creative Curriculum units where possible.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
The Jersey Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Key stage 1
- Pupils should be taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play both tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2
- Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
- Pupils should be taught to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music. We employ specialist Music Teachers at La Moye to provide expert teaching for individuals and groups to play many instruments. These include strings, woodwind and percussion. We have a highly acclaimed choir that perform in a variety of settings throughout Jersey. Musical performances are enjoyed and appreciated by participants as well as audiences.