What is Music in our school?
The aim of music lessons in our school is to provide a high-quality music education that engages and inspires learners to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As learners make progress, they develop skills of listening and appraising, gain knowledge of a range of musicians and cultures and improve on composition of music. The learners are supported to develop skills to use their imagination, express their feelings and communicate their ideas.
We have the view that all the learners can enjoy and achieve in Music. We have high expectations, therefore the impact of the skills gained are transferrable to everyday life.
In the primary department, Key Stage 1 and 2 learners are taught:
◦To use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
◦To play tuned and untuned instruments musically
◦To play and perform in solo and groups, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
◦To experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music
◦To improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
◦To listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
◦To listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
◦To develop an understanding of the history of music
◦To use and understand staff and other musical notations
◦To appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music
At Landgate School, primary learners are assessed against Primary Learning Ladders starting from stage 1 to 15. Stages 10 -15 are accessed using National Curriculum Year expectations.
Primary lessons are taught using Long term plans from The Music Express Online scheme of work
In the secondary department, Key Stage 3 learners are taught:
◦To play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
◦To improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
◦To use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
◦To identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices
◦To listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians
◦To develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.
In key stage three, learners are assessed against Flight Paths. Learners are placed onto a pathway dependent on their stage leaving the Primary section.
Long term plans are derived from Charanga, a music scheme of work.
Art in Key Stage 4 and college continues:
◦To develop their skills and knowledge of Music, through creative and exciting observations and opportunities. They work towards a WJEC or an AQA accreditation at Entry level, Level 1 or Level 2. The specifications allow the learners to follow a progression route towards higher qualifications.
Learners are given exciting opportunities to work across settings, with other schools and music professionals.