Students will have:

  • A strong comprehension of the elements of music: Dynamics, duration, rhythm, pitch, structure, melody, metre, instrumentation, texture, tempo, tonality, timbre and harmony.

  • Developed knowledge to analyse, perform, compose and evaluate music.

  • The understanding and ability to identify historical features through time.


By the end of KS3 our intention is for students to know where music came from and how the musical elements have developed and ranged over a musical timeline (from Ancient times 8000 BC) to create the music we know today.

In September 2019, we introduced our knowledge rich curriculum which includes a three year plan for our curriculum to develop and to ensure our current and new students are taught the knowledge rich curriculum. Therefore, Year 8 and 9 classes will be touching on new topics within the new Year 7 curriculum too.

Students are given the opportunity to participate in our extra-curricular activities, which occur weekly. Instrumentalists can join the Junior or Senior Concert Band. Students who don’t play an instrument are welcome to join the Pop Choir, Samba Band, Music Production Group and Rock Band. Furthermore, the music department welcomes students to play on the keyboards before/after school and at break time. The students are also allowed to book practice rooms after school to further develop their solo/group performance skills on instruments they choose.

In addition, students have the opportunity to develop their instrumental skill through receiving peripatetic instrumental lessons from outside musicians. At a reduced rate of £50 per term, students can receive tuition in the following instruments: Keyboard/piano, Guitar/Bass, Drums, Singing, DJing, Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba), Woodwind (Saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe), and Strings (violin, cello, viola, double bass). A child on free school meals is welcome to have one instrumental lesson at no cost.

The Music department offers two whole school concerts every year, one in December and one in May. Students are able to audition for a spot and all extra-curricular groups will have the opportunity to perform their on-going work to a large audience.

Furthermore, students who have shown a consistent commitment to Music outside of lesson time i.e. continuous contribution to extra-curricular etc. will be invited on our yearly tour.


In Year 7 we teach Music for one hour a week to all classes.

Students have the opportunity to develop and master skills through performance (solo and group) and composition tasks. These opportunities allow students to gain confidence, develop skills and learn how to appreciate music through listening and performing.

Students are required to play keyboards, to use tuned and un-tuned percussion, to sing and are also given opportunities to perform on their own instruments. In addition, students are required to compose music within groups and perform pieces in front of the class.

Topic Overview from September 2019 onwards:

· Instrument families and intro to keyboards

· Rhythm and Pulse · Introduction to music and questionnaire · Instrument families and intro to keyboards · Rhythm and Pulse What knowledge do we need to understand music?

· Treble clef and Pitch

· Treble clef - Keyboard performance Task – Shotgun by George Ezra

· Elements of Music in Practice:

· Dynamics

· Structure (Macbooks)

· Harmony and Tonality

· (Three Little Birds task – Chords I, IV and V)

· Texture

· Tempo

· Lessons on each element listed above with a variety of knowledge, listening and practical tasks to embed learning.

· Notation – composition – recap all elements · Notation – composition – recap all elements

· Popular Music of the 20th Century

· Blues Music – Keyboard (chords)

· Music 21st Century · Ukulele unit – Jason Mraz ‘I’m Yours’

Useful Websites

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