Music

“The music curriculum inspires, challenges and empowers students. Our aim is to nurture creative and expressive ways of thinking, composing and performing. We meet this aim by supporting and challenging our students in a positive and exciting environment. We enjoy the relationships we have with our students. We provide a stable, organised environment with clear boundaries. Opportunities for support are available during lessons and in various formal and informal extra-curricular sessions. We want to showcase student work in regular changing displays and performances in classrooms and in the wider school/community. We believe in opportunities outside of the school community enrich the learning we do inside it and so trips and visits to various music events play a large role in our vision. We believe it is essential that all students engage in a wide range of experiences which stimulate creative, imaginative and expressive responses. Embedding the basic foundational knowledge to succeed in performing, variety of styles, listening to and composing music and studying the work of diverse practitioners will lead to more sustained independent inquiry led by the student and supported by the teacher. We hope to create confident, creative individuals with a range of transferrable knowledge that will help them thrive in society and the world of work of the future.”

Music Curriculum Year 7 - Year 9
  Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 7Topics/Themes Curriculum ContentBaseline
Voice works
Rhythm/Notation
Theory
Night and DayFools Guide To...PlanetsCartoon
Key Assessment TasksListening x 2
Composition
Performance
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Performance
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Year 8Topics/Themes
Curriculum Content
Rhythm/Notation12 Bar-BluesGenresUnknown TerritoryRadio AdvertsHistorical Booklets
Key Assessment TasksListening
Composition
Performance
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Year 9Topics/Themes
Curriculum Content
Rhythm/NotationSoundtracksBTECPioneers/BTECMinimalismBTEC
Key Assessment TasksListening
Composition
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Music Curriculum Year 10 - Year 11
  Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 10 BtecTopics/Themes
Curriculum Content
Component 1
Reggae
Brit invasion
Component 1
Metal
80’s Music
Component 1
90’s Music
Rap
Component 1
World Music
1600-2000
Component 1
Media
Jazz and Blues
Component 1
Finalise
Component 1b
Key Assessment TasksListening
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Performance
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Year 11 GCSETopics/Themes
Curriculum Content
Area of Study 1: Instrumental Music 1700–1820
Performance solo
Composition brief
Theory
Area of Study 2: Vocal
Music

Performance ens.
Composition brief
Theory
Area of Study 3/4: Music
for Stage and Screen
/Fusions

Performance solo and ens.
Composition brief
Theory
Revision of Set Works

Performance solo and ens.
Composition brief
Theory
Revision of Set Works
Performance solo and ens.
Composition free and brief
Theory
Key Assessment TasksListening
Composition
Performance
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Music Curriculum Year 12 - Year 13
  Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Year 12Topics/Themes
Curriculum Content
Baroque solo concerto
Pop Music Intro
Performance diary
Compositional skills
Baroque solo concerto
Pop Music 1
Performance
Compositional skills
The Operas of Mozart
Pop Music 2
Performance
Compositional skills
The Operas of Mozart
Pop Music 3
Performance
Compositional skills
The Operas of Mozart and Baroque solo concerto
Pop Music Review
Performance
Compositional skills
AoS1: Explore the
piano music of
Chopin, Brahms
and Grieg strand.
Performance
Composition
Key Assessment TasksListening questions
Performances
Compositional task
Listening questions
2 solo performances
Compositional task
Listening questions
free solo performances
Compositional task brief
Listening questions
6 minute performances
Compositional task brief
Listening questions
Assessment performances
Free composition
Listening questions
Performance repertoire
Free composition
Year 13Topics/Themes
Curriculum Content
AoS1: Explore the
piano music of
Chopin, Brahms
and Grieg strand.
Musical Theatre Intro
Performance
Composition
AoS1: Explore the
piano music of
Chopin, Brahms
and Grieg strand.
Musical Theatre1
Performance
Composition
AoS1: Explore the
piano music of
Chopin, Brahms
and Grieg strand.
Musical Theatre 2
Performance
Composition
AoS1: Opera, Baroque, Piano
Musical Theatre 3
Performance
Composition
AoS1: Opera, Baroque, Piano
Musical Theatre and Pop Music
Performance
Composition
Key Assessment TasksListening questions
Technical performance
Complete free composition
Listening questions
10 minute performance
Brief composition intro.
Listening questions
Full performance
Brief composition
Listening questions
Final recordings for performance
Brief composition
Listening questions
Final recordings for performance
Brief composition completion

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