Important Messages: The school is now closed for half term. School returns on 31st October for years 11, 12 and 13. All other years return on the 4th November.
Year 7 Curriculum Information - Music
Topics covered in the Autumn term
  • Autumn 1: Musical Elements & Rhythm
  • Autumn 2: Note Reading and The Keyboard
Topics Covered in the Spring Term
  • Spring 1: The Orchestra & Music For Animals
  • Spring 2: Programme Music (including William Tell and A Night on The Bare Mountain)
Topics Covered in the Summer Term
  • Summer 1: Chinese Music
  • Summer 2: Musical Futures and Free Compositions (introduction to Garageband)
Assessment
  • Students will have a formal assessment at the end of each topic. They will have to perform their work (performance or composition) to the class. They will be given verbal and written feedback and feed-forward and will have to evaluate and respond to this. Audio recordings of all performances will be made and put on SMH for students to share their finished work with parents/carers.
  • At the start of the year all Year 7 students will be given a baseline test and will fill out a questionnaire about their musical lives so far. This will be used to track their progress throughout the year.
  • Students will have opportunities to perform in every music lesson with informal, verbal feedback and feed-forward given.
  • Students track their progress throughout the year with a progress tracker on the front of their music folders. All written work is also kept in these folders which are kept at school.
Special Requirements/Equipment
  • Students are encouraged to bring in instruments they learn outside of the classroom to use in performance and composition work.
  • All music lessons are based around learning through practical music making and each student will use keyboards, percussion or computers in their lessons.
  • Students use ‘Focus on Sound’ software with their own passwords and login details. This is accessed from the school website. Students will be asked to complete HL using this programme as well as using it to develop independent learning skills.
Home Learning

Students will be set HL once every two weeks. Many of these HL tasks will be using ‘Focus on Sound’ software.

Reading List
  • Year 7 students will be given a literacy booklet at the start of the year.
  • They will also have further reading set using ‘Focus on Sound.’
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