Key Stage 3

What We Teach

KS3 pupils follow a themed curriculum focused on developing progress in the following areas:

  • Solo and ensemble performance
  • Composition
  • Listening to music and identifying musical features
  • Appraising your own work and that of others
  • Understanding of musical genres and how music has developed over time
Pupils will study Music twice weekly over a 10-week cycle. Within these lessons pupils will explore the voice through enjoyable singing and call and response activities. They will learn about the elements of music and basic theory before developing their keyboard skills. Following this they will dive deep into the world of instrumentation, learning about the orchestra and instruments of pop. They will discover composition through ICT software such as Cubase and Dance eJay by creating their own pop songs. Finally, pupils will pick up a ukulele and learn simple chords and melodies and then join the Brazilian carnival to learn about Samba drumming.
Pupils are given a levelled practical assessment during each mini topic they study. They are then provided with targets to improve their work for the next time they are assessed on the same skill (Composing, Performing or Listening).

Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work

Music  Y7
Topic
Content
Voiceworks
Pupil will have learn how the voice works and the different types of voices we find in music. They will take part in group vocal exercises with a performance to conclude.
Keyboard Skills
Learning the keyboard through both classical and popular pieces. Pupils will learn basic note reading and will have the opportunity to learn a new instrument.

Music & the Media

Within this short topic, pupil will discuss where music is used in the world and the ways in which we promote it to the public. They will then use Music Technology to create a short radio advert using microphones and instruments.
Pop Music
Pupils will dive into the world of popular music and how it has changed over the last 100 years. They will have the opportunity to create a piece of pop music through the computer which will result in a performance at the end of the mini topic.
Samba/Ukulele
To conclude, pupil will learn about music from around the world. We will have a whistle stop tour of music from Brazil and learn how to drum and follow rhythmic patterns. Following on from this they will learn simple chords on the ukulele, again working towards a class performance at the end of the 10 week slot.

Music  Year 8

Topic
Content
African Music
Appreciation of music from around the world in key in this topic. Pupils will listen to various types of world music before focusing on the music of Africa. They will learn about the various instruments from the culture and how they are used and made. They will then work in drumming groups to create a polyrhythmic performance that they will perform to the class.
Film Music
Pupil will learn how music is used in the film industry and how composers earn their trade. They will look at leitmotif and how small ideas represent characters from film. Following on from this, pupils will use computer technology to create a soundtrack for a horror storyboard, creating the music to accompany a short film clip.
Rap & Hip-Hop
Rap and Hip-hop has been a style of music that has influenced many people over the past 40-50 years. Pupils will look at its history and how it have developed over time before writing their own rap lyrics and creating a backing track to match. Pupils are encourage to perform their raps either to the class or in the form of a rap battle.
Reggae Music
The final topic covered in year 8 is reggae. Pupils will learn about Bob Marley and his rise to fame before his death. They will look at the impact and influences this style of music has had all over the world before learning a classic reggae song, either on the keyboards, guitars or ukuleles.