Year 7 Open Evening – Thursday 15 September 2022, 4:30pm-8pm



Year 7 Curriculum

Pupils will explore key concepts building from Primary schools and introducing them to new knowledge.

These topics include:

  • The musical elements – The theory behind what creates music.
  • The instruments of the orchestra – Investigating the sounds and features of orchestral instruments.
  • Reading Rhythms – Using body percussion to explore rhythms and write notation.
  • Reading music – An introduction to reading sheet music using boom whackers and keyboards to prepare pupils for future learning.

Assessment: A knowledge and listening test.

Pupils will start the term by recapping previous knowledge and develop their skills such as following notation, improving their hand technique and recognising accidentals through practicing short extracts of in music. Pupils will then demonstrate all of these skills in their assessment piece ‘Fur Elise’ by Beethoven. Pupils will be assessed on their technique, fluency and accuracy in a solo performance. To further their knowledge, we will explore the main features of Classical Music and how knowing this context can influence our performances by including stylistic features in performances.

Assessment: Playing Fur Elise on the keyboard

Pupils will explore the construction and use of chords in Pop music and how this is essential in creating structure and form in music. Using this knowledge, pupils will learn chords on a ukulele and create their own chord sequence using Pop conventions. Pupils will then examine song lyrics, highlighting what criteria is needed for successful lyrics. This learning is then demonstrated by pupils creating their own lyrics. When combined, pupils will work in duets and combine lyrics and ukulele chords to create a verse and chorus of their original Pop song.

Assessment: Written evidence and a performance of final Pop song

Year 8 Curriculum

Pupils will research and investigate the features of music for video games and what makes them successful in enhancing the gaming experience. Pupils will independently work on a keyboard performance of a piece from the soundtrack of a game. Pupils will focus on timbre and expression to match their performance to the emotions and setting of the game. Pupils will record their performance in DAW software and create a video to accompany it.

Assessment: Pupils will be assessed as a solo or duet performer based on their accuracy, confidence and fluency.

Pupils will investigate how music enhances film scenes and reactions in the audience with reference to the musical elements. This knowledge will then be applied to a composition task. Pupils will be given a short movie scene to watch and create a soundtrack that can be played alongside the clip. Pupils will incorporate techniques such as specific uses of harmony, leitmotifs and instrumentation. Pupils will create their piece using music technology, developing their use of DAW software, MIDI instruments and mixing.

Assessment: Applying their soundtrack to a clip and assessing its suitability, the use of features and creativity.

Pupils will learn about the context, importance and long lasting inspiration of the Blues on todays music. Pupils will now apply this knowledge to practicing the different components of the 12-bar Blues such as chords, a walking bassline and their own improvised melody and lyrics using the Blues scale. Pupils will then select a component and perform a 12-bar Blues song in a group performance.

Assessment: Assessed on musicianship, accuracy, creativity and appropriate use of stylistic features in their performance.

Year 9 Curriculum

Pupils will explore the history and origins of Reggae Music, identifying its musical features and applying the subject specific vocabulary from year 7 to analyse music. To develop their musicianship skills, pupils will work in duets – one person playing the melody, the other playing the off-beat chordal accompaniment. These parts may be played on an instrument of their choice (piano, ukulele or an instrument they are learning).

Assessment: Performing in front of an audience with a focus on fluency, accuracy and musicianship.

During this unit, pupils will begin by exploring the history/context of Hip Hop/Rap music. Pupils will then go onto to conduct a musical analysis and comparison of an iconic Hip Hop song and a current Rap song. Pupils will then go on to write lyrics, focussing on different thematic material such as ‘About me’, Social problems and Journeys. Pupils will then create their backing track using DAW software – specifically using loops, and drum machines. Pupils will the record their raps and mix their track.

Assessment: Use of stylistic features and the appropriateness of their musical choices.

Pupils will work in groups and recreate a pop song from a lead sheet and supportive materials. Pupils will learn management and teamwork skills in delegating roles and organising rehearsals. Every performance must have chords, melody and some form of percussion. Other instruments and talents used are optional. Pupils will delegate instruments and practice learning these new skills together. Pupils will utilise their knowledge of chord progressions, melodies and performance etiquette during their rehearsals.

Assessment: Peer assessment in their final lesson as a ‘concert’, with a focus on musicianship, and professionalism.