In key stage 3, through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a collaborating music lesson. During the winter term, pupils work towards the Christmas Show. Pupils will take part in whole school/group singing lessons as well as our Gifted and Talented pupils who will have extra tuition for small group and individual performances. Pupils will learn how to sing in harmony and in tune with the music. Pupils who choose to, will perform this production live on stage
Throughout the autumn term pupils learn about the different elements of sound. They are exposed to different pulses, rhythms, pitches, dynamics etc. Pupils have the opportunity to play with a variety of different instruments and explore the main elements of sound with them.
During the winter term pupils take part in practical music lessons to help gain an understanding of different styles of music. Pupils research a range of different music styles and their history. Pupils also have the opportunity to recreate a specific music style and can use the green screen to act it out.
Through the spring term, pupils have the opportunity to learn basic keyboard skills. Pupils learn the basic notes of a keyboard C-C and where to identify them. Pupils are then taught how to move their hands free flowing with the correct fingering position.
Once confident pupils then have a chance to learn basic songs such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, When the Saints go marching in and Mary had a little lamb. They then have chance to perform the songs to the rest of the class.
During the Summer Term, pupils learn about different music from around the world. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in practical workshops from outside professionals such as Djembe drumming. Pupils have a go at making their own instruments from different countries such as spin drums. Pupils also take part in practical activities to help them gain a better understanding of the history of certain music from different countries.
Throughout the autumn term in year 8, pupils recap the basic elements of sound. This time in a lot more detail. They have the opportunity to learn rhythmic and melodic patterns such as Ostinato and they also study musical notation.
During the winter term, pupils have the opportunity to learn about different Musicals. This also links in nicely with our Christmas Show as pupils then have an understanding about what a musical is and how to identify them. Pupils are exposed to script reading, script writing, taking part in a performance and singing. By doing this in year 8 helps build their confidence and knowledge for year 9 when they take part in Performing Arts.
Within the spring term, pupils recap the keyboards in a lot more detail. They take their knowledge of last year and build on it. They are exposed to more challenging and complex melodies to learn such as regular pop songs so the pupils can relate to the songs. Pupils work on a piece of music and perform this to the rest of the class.
For the duration of the summer term, pupils are taught to explore lyrics and melody. Pupils have their own go at creating their own song with the correct structure for the style of music they have chosen. Pupils learn the different structures for different songs and put this to practice when they create their own. Pupils then have the opportunity to sing their song and different songs of their choice working on their singing techniques and breathing techniques. Some pupils may perform this to the group individually but other pupils may decide to join a small group.
In Years 9-11, pupils begin a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Performing Arts. This qualification is a Technical Award broadly equivalent in size to one GCSE, and is designed for pre-16 students working at level 1 who want to include a study of performing arts in their broader Key Stage 4 curriculum. Pupils have the opportunity to build on their musical skills from previous years and choose Music/Drama as an option for the upcoming years.
Throughout the year, students will be exposed to a music site called “Charanga”. This is a teacher and pupil website where work can be set online.
Click here to see the website http://charanga.com/site/