In Music we encourage pupils to develop their ability to perform, experiment and enjoy the soothing, therapeutic and interactive nature of music. Many of our pupils are highly sensitive to noise and music is a brilliant spring board for helping pupils become more accustomed to unfamiliar sounds. We develop pupils ability to hold and play instruments, experiment with voice and develop composition and notation skills.
We consider the pupil’s physical needs as well as their academic needs and look at ways in improving pupils coordination through the playing of instruments. This is especially the case for pupils with dyspraxia who benefit hugely from workshops such as Djembe drumming and pupils with speech and language difficulties are encouraged to participate in choir club.
PSHCE topics are also a focus for music lessons especially when it comes to learning about other cultures and developing team working skills in performance. Literacy, IT and numeracy are also widely encouraged. Numeracy and literacy are key to developing composition and notation skills and computing is used often in the recording and evaluation of performance.
In Key Stage 3
In Key stage 3 pupils are taught following the National Curriculum. In year 7, pupils have an introduction to music and develop a basic understanding of voice, instruments, with an introduction to symbol notation in the scheme of work ‘Getting to Know Music’ and learn to develop their keyboard skills and ability to understand basic notation in ‘Film Music’
In year 8, pupils learn about Voice, Songwriting and Musicals in the project ‘Meadow’s Got Talent’ and learn to develop their keyboard and composition skills in ‘Music for Advertisement’
In year 9, pupils learn about body percussion, composition and rhythm and beats from around the world in ‘Hit the Beat’. They go on to learn to develop their composition, keyboard and song writing skills in ‘Pop Music’
Thematic Music is run over a 3 year rotation cycle, taught by a Music specialist. The SOW are also linked to topics taught within their normal teaching cycle and the other Performing Arts subjects. Topics encourage the acquisition of technical skills and theory combined with a therapeutic, social and emotional development onus.
In Key Stage 4
Pupils in Key Stage 4 follow the WJEC Entry pathways course in Music. This flexible course allows pupils to perform and compose music that they are interested in at a variety of levels. Those able to, can enter coursework for solo performances and or for group performances as well as submitting their own pieces of music as compositions. There is also a listening element of coursework where pupils complete a series of listening tests to show learning across a wide range of styles. We have recently introduced AQA Unit Awards to support lower ability pupils to attain accreditation.
Music is taught in a mixed ability group for 1.5 hours each week so pupils will be set some independent work as well as being taught in a group or having one to one support time with the teachers or a teaching assistant.
All music pupils are encouraged to participate in extracurricular clubs, the school annual music concert, production club and end of year production.