Music

Curriculum Information for Key Stage 3 students

 

Welcome to the music department

Aim:
Enable learners to develop fundamental musical skills, increase cultural awareness, demonstrate a high level of collaborative practice and embody the Thamesmead Values. We will also encourage our students to develop a lifelong passion for music as performers, composers and as an audience.

 

Overview:
We follow a challenging spiral curriculum where key musical concepts, knowledge and skills are gradually built upon, revisited and embedded throughout the 3 years.

 

What topics will I study in KS3 (years 7, 8 & 9):

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Topics:

Feel the Rhythm

 

 

Assessment:

Group composition

 

Topics:

Indonesian Gamelan

 

 

Assessment:

Group performance

Topics:

Keyboard skills and performing (Emerging)

 

Assessment:

Individual performance

Topics:

Fanfares

 

 

 

Assessment:

Group composition

Topics:

The Orchestra

 

 

Assessment:

Group performance

Topics:

Orchestral Timbres and Textures

 

 

Assessment:

Group composition

Year 8 Topics:

Major and Minor Melodies

 

Assessment:

Group performance

 

Topics:

Full Moon Fantasy

 

 

Assessment:

Group composition

Topics:

The Blues

 

 

 

Assessment:

Group performance or composition

Topics:

Keyboard skills and performing

(Embedding)

 

Assessment:

Individual performance

Topics:

Musical Adverts

 

 

Assessment:

Group composition

Topics:

Musical Meditation

 

 

Assessment:

Group composition

Year 9 Topics:

One Love – Reggae

 

Assessment:

Group performance

 

Topics:

4 Chord Songs

 

Assessment:

Group performance or composition

Topics:

Keyboard skills and performing

 

Assessment:

Individual performance

Topics:

Remix

 

 

Assessment:

Group composition

Topics:

Mood Music

 

 

Assessment:

Group composition

Topics:

Film Music

 

 

Assessment:

Group composition

 

Can I study this at KS4?          

Yes you can study GCSE Music (AQA Examboard) and we offer a Music Production Course as an extra-curricular subject.

 

Are there any enrichment opportunities in school?

There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students can get involved in including Lower School Choir, Nothing But Treble Vocal Group, Soul Band, Rock Bands, Keyboard Club, Brass Ensemble, Musical Productions Band/Orchestra and Jamming Together.

 

What could I do/read at home to help myself or where could I visit to help my learning?

We encourage students to listen to a wide range of both recorded and live music. It would also be hugely beneficial for students to learn to play a musical instrument (see the school website for information on how to apply for music instrumental/singing tuition) or join the choir – these can help you in so many ways both musically and in your personal wellbeing.

Get to know the basic elements of music (MAD T SHIRT) and what they mean.

 

Useful websites:

https://www.mydso.com/dso-kids/ (this introduces you to the instruments in the orchestra)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zmsvr82 (Lots of musical learning)

http://teoria.com/ (great for training the musical ear)