How we organise learning
In Years 7 and Year 8, students receive 12 double lessons per year in this subject, meeting the needs of the national curriculum for music.
Music in Year 7
During Year 7, students make use of the school 40-piece samba kit by completing a whole-class performance of ‘Samba de Janeiro’ and then composing and notating their own ‘Ridgeway Samba’. They also develop their listening skills and knowledge of music theory through the use of specialised games.
Music in Year 8
During Year 8, students continue to perform as part of a whole class, using a combination of keyboard and percussion instruments. Individual instrumental skills are incorporated into this unit of work as parts are written for specific instruments at different levels of difficulty to challenge even the best performers.
Students are given the opportunity to learn new skills on both the guitar and drum kit. Students who have prior knowledge of these instruments will be challenged through differentiated performance materials as, no matter how good you are on an instrument, there is always more to learn!
Music in key stage 4
Examination Board: Pearson
Specification Name: BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music
Link: Music BTEC Level 1/Level 2
Students choosing to study music in key stage 4 can choose to specialise in one particular area.