Faculty of Physical Education and Performing Arts


Mr M Hogg - Subject Leader


Music can change the way pupils think, feel and act; it is a unique form of communication. Music not only involves their feelings but affects their intellect and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music gives pupils a positive experience that can build their self-esteem and teach them to work individually and in groups.


Our aim is to create a vibrant environment that encourages curiosity and stimulates interest and enjoyment in music of all kinds. Pupils will be provided with opportunities to:

  • Learn to appreciate and play a wide variety of different styles of music
  • Learn basic musical notation and vocabulary and be able to improvise and compose music
  • Perform individually or in a group
  • Take part in extra-curricular activities such as school concerts, International Evening, school shows and weekly rehearsals
  • Prepare and complete ABRM and trinity graded instrumental/vocal exams



KS3 Curriculum 2019-2020

Year 7

Students study the elements of music, performance, composition and listening in a variety of instrumental and vocal contexts. The introductory scheme is designed to give the students the skills to talk about the music that they are listening to and effectively appraise performances of others. In later topics, students will enhance their rhythmic ability before progressing to simple reading skills. Topics covered:

  • An Introduction to Music
  • Drums of the World
  • Keyboard Skills
  • A Cappella Groups
  • Orchestral Instruments
  • Pop Songs

Year 8

Students will develop the skills they have learnt in Year 7 through more challenging topics. There is greater emphasis on the history and development of musical styles, from an array of musical cultures, preparing students for KS4 study. Topics covered include:

  • 4-Chord
  • Film Music
  • Chinese Music
  • Musicals
  • Programme Music
  • Afrobeat

  Music KS3 Curriculum Map


KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020

Year 9

Students focus their study on styles of music included in the Edexcel GCSE specification so that they are fully equipped to analyse the set works in later years. Students delve deeper into authentic composition practice for a range of styles and contexts, with higher expected outcomes than at KS3.

Year 9 Curriculum Plan

Year 10 and Year 11

Pupils study EdExcel GCSE Music. The course consists of 3 units:

  • Unit 1: Performing: The students complete two performances: one solo and one ensemble performance. (30%)
  • Unit 2: Composing: The students compose two pieces of music: one in a given style and one in a style of their choosing. (30%)
  • Unit 3: Listening and Appraising: The students study a range of music styles and focus on 8 set works to analyse. The exam is based on these set works with one section asking the students to compare with a similar, non-familiar work. (40%)

Assessment: Coursework 60% Examination 40%

Years 10 and 11 Curriculum Plan