Aims of the subject:

To enable all pupils to enjoy sustained opportunities through regular classroom and practical work and music-making for all, complemented by additional tuition, partnerships and extra-curricular activities.


Year What will I learn? What will I do?
7 Term 1

Working Together in Music Lessons
Pupils work on performing pop songs, group composition work, vocal samba and the elements of music

Term 2

Rhythm and Pitch.
Learn about how to notate music using standard rhythm and pitch notation.

Term 3

Learn an Instrument
Learn basic keyboard skills, focusing on technique and reading standard notation


  • Learn how to work in a team performing pop songs, develop these skills further by working on group composition tasks such as the vocal samba and the Planets Piece, focusing on Gustav Holst The Planets Suite. Recognising the elements of music.
  • Take part in small group activities based around pitch and rhythm. Compose and perform pieces based on these elements using instruments.
  • As individuals and in pairs, pupils will learn and develop keyboard skills, playing a variety of different pieces in different styles.
8 Term 1

Pop Music
Travel through the decades and learn how pop music has developed since 1960s.

Term 2

World Music: Music of India
Listen, compose and play music from India

Term 3

World Music: Music of The Caribbean and South America
Listen, compose and perform Music from The Caribbean and South America

  • Pupils will learn about and play music from The Beatles, 70/80s rock riffs, 90s Brit pop and current music.
  • Pupils will learn keywords from classical Indian Music, learn about Indian culture and Indian instruments. They will perform ragas, tintals and compose their own Indian Piece using the elements of music from India
  • Pupils study music from Reggae, Salsa, Samba and Cuba styles. They will perform music from Bob Marley and other current Latin American artists. They experiment and compose samba drum music in groups and in pairs.
9 Term 1

The Blues
Discover where the Blues cam e from, find out about artists, listen to the music and perform elements from the blues. Compose in a blues style.

Term 2

Film Music
Listen to film music and learn how it is composed and put on to film.

Term 3

Music Technology

  • Pupils will play blues riffs, walking bass lines, blues chord patterns and use technology to compose in the blues style.
  • Perform film themes as solos and in groups.
  • Compose film themes and own film music for a short film, working in groups.
  • Work on sampling software to create own dance tracks.
  • Work in small ensembles to produce own performances, based on musical futures work. Pupils may choose their own song to perform in groups or as a soloist.


Extra-curricular opportunities

Pupils have opportunities to take part in many different Extra-curricular activities including:

  • School Choir
  • School Orchestra
  • School Production
  • Keyboard Club
  • Rock Bands

How you can support your child’s progress

Please help them learn, revise musical notation and any keywords learned in the lesson. If they have instruments at home (keyboards/ukulele/guitars etc), they can practice their pieces and make improvements to practical work they are developing in class, this often helps students achieve the best grades and develops their skills quickly, making rapid progress. Listen to a wide variety of music, encourage students to attend extra-curricular activities. Encourage them to take instrumental lessons.