Welcome to Music

“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!”

- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Music is part of the core curriculum in Years 7 and 8.  All KS3 students have 1 time tabled lesson per week.

The Units of Work have been updated to include the new KS3 National Curriculum for Music and include topics ranging from, the ‘elements’ of music to Samba drumming.

Students can monitor their own learning against the National Curriculum Levels.

Listening, learning, composing & evaluating are all skills which are developed throughout the course in addition to a range of performing activities. The music curriculum encourages independent learning, creative thinking and fosters a positive approach to questioning and developing musically interesting ideas.

Year 7

Composing: pupils develop their ability to notate their ideas. This involves rhythmic work in several parts and developing melodic structures for instruments and voices.

Listening: developing an appreciation of music from a variety of periods and cultures; applying skills and knowledge from the ‘elements of music’ to another study area.

Performing: developing ensemble skills for composition; class orchestra; singing; involvement in groups outside the school or getting involved in workshops visiting the school.

Year 8

Composing: pupils develop an awareness of chords and the ability to use them in compositions. Techniques from various periods and also introduced e.g. modes and drones and discords.

Listening: a selection of examples to support composing; introducing Sound Sources and other external influences on music, including World music.

Performing: developing keyboard skills, in particular the ability to experiment and improvise using chords.

Facilities supporting Year 7 and 8 include keyboards, djembe and samba drums, guitars, ukuleles and extensive classroom percussion.

Year 9, 10 and 11

We have recently changed the course we run for Years 10 and 11.

We are now running AQA Performing Arts which is exciting and offers many opportunities to our students.


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