The intention of the Music curriculum is to continually develop a student’s theoretical, analytical and practical application through our 5-year curriculum. They will learn to appreciate the vital role that music plays in society and how geography, culture and political climates impact on the music we experience.
- Be encouraged and supported in the development of analytical thinking; experimental skills and strategies; and how to analyse and evaluate musical features & appreciate a wide variety of music.
- Reflect on the social, moral, cultural and spiritual impact music has on the world and expand their cultural capital experiences within music.
- Contribute towards a positive learning environment through respect, resilience, effective communication and collaborative practice.
- Develop their confidence by providing opportunities to showcase performance skills within a class, whole school and wider school community.
- Be inspired to make music their chosen educational pathway and their future post education career.
Implementation of curriculum
We have a dynamic and relevant music curriculum that deepens knowledge and enhances skills. Literacy, oracy and vocabulary are embedded throughout, and resilience, confidence, and independence nurtured in a positive learning climate. Challenge and stretch activities are evidenced whilst ensuring the needs of learners, including SEN, EAL and disadvantaged are supported.
There are FOUR key strands in Music- Singing, Performing, Composing & Listening Appreciation. The strands are sequenced to develop an understanding of how the musical elements work together to create a piece of music, what makes a good performance and how we can create our own effective piece of music. The curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge, from understanding to application. Students then enter Key Stage 4 with the confidence and ambition needed to succeed. The key stage 4 curriculum is taught building on the substantive and disciplinary knowledge mastered at key stage 3. The curriculum pathway at key stage 4 is inclusive and designed to account for the needs of all learners.
Over the course of a student’s time in music they will experience an equal balance of Performing, Composing and Listening. The content will cover the substantive and disciplinary knowledge in music such as application of musical terminology, theory, aural training , composing and performing.
Lessons will be a mixture of teacher led, group work, independent work and practical work. Curriculum plans and schemes of work expand on the requirements of the national curriculums and the model music curriculum. They are designed to ensure that substantive and disciplinary knowledge are clearly taught and linked together to ensure a coherent flow for students. The design also encourages the support of long-term retainment of these substantive and disciplinary knowledges, ensuring students are ready to apply them in their future lives and careers.
Students will also experience music beyond the classroom, experiencing enrichment activities such as choir, rock band and music clubs. Students will also be provided with opportunities to experience professional music making through trips to theatres and concert venues. Social, moral, spiritual, and cultural content will also be emphasised within the curriculum and careers linked to both substantive and disciplinary knowledge will be discussed within lessons across all years.
The impact of the curriculum will be measured in several ways.
- In class teacher led reviews and formative feedback – this low-risk challenge and review environment for pupils will include:
- Recall quick starters, quizzes, review tasks, multichoice and extended questions (extend) in class exam style questions (apply)
- Through rigorous, reliable and accessible assessment.
- Formal assessments at the end of every unit of work.
- Mock exams for year 10 and 11
- Assessments will be analysed and discussed within the department and interventions and extra support set up where appropriate. Specific groups such as EAL, SEN & Disadvantaged will be closely monitored.
- Lessons observations and work scrutinises
- Pupil and teacher voice
- Departmental data tracking
- Constant reviewing of a student’s progress within an academic year, across their academic years and at key transition points – KS3 to GCSE.
We are confident that through the delivery of substantive and disciplinary knowledge in the curriculum and the way in which it is delivered, pupils will appreciate the importance of music within the world and the relevance of it in their lives and other cultures.