The Becket Way 
Wilford Lane, West Bridgford 
Nottingham, NG2 7QY
0115 982 4280

Year 8 Music

Subject Leader: Mis M Jackson
General information about the subject
In Music our curriculum is inclusive and is designed to stimulate and develop curiosity in a wide range of musical styles, including music from different cultures and periods in history.

We enable students to be familiar with a bank of subject specific knowledge, skills, principles and vocabulary and allow opportunities for development. Music is committed to raising the standard and profile of Music within the school and Community and in supporting the Catholic ethos of the school.

We use a wide range of teaching methods and are committed to pupil centred learning. In which all pupils irrespective of gender, ethnic origin and ability have equal access to the subject and are encouraged to develop not only subject specific skills, but also promote confidence, communication, social interaction and respect for one another and the world in which they live.
What topics are taught?
When will they be taught?
Our curriculum is based on the national curriculum in which pupils are taught to:

Play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression.

Improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions.

Identify and use the musical elements of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices.

Listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians 

Develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.
How will my son or daughter be assessed?
When do these assessments take place?
Each topic is 6 lessons in length and is assessed by continuous skills development and with an end of topic assessment. The units include exam style questions on the topic they have completed plus questions from previous topics and continuous musical skills development.

A range of teaching and learning styles are used across the topics and there is opportunity for teacher-led lessons, as well as independent learning tasks throughout the year, varying from topic-to-topic. In addition, depending on the topic being studied, the hope is to complete practical work in all lessons.
What can my son or daughter do to support their learning at home?
What materials are provided or available online?
Make use of their knowledge booklets and Google Classroom resources.

Develop practical music skills through their own practice at home joining a club and through the following websites:
Online SequencerVirtual PianoOnline PianistMusiclabYouTubeBBC Music