In Years 7 to 9 the pupils study about the history of music and gain a more in depth understanding of the musical elements. They can expect to understand the importance of tones and semi tones, sharps and flats, as well as various performance aspects. There are opportunities to write, record and edit compositions through the use of music technology and studio programs.
We have a Ukulele Club, an extensive range of individual and group private instrument lessons with qualified tutors and a senior mixed choir. We encourage formal music grades and offer music theory classes after school hours to help any pupils interested in taking exams.
During Years 7 to 9 our pupils explore a variety of issues and ideas that relate to society. They work individually, in small groups and as a whole class to develop their skills, techniques and styles including mime, musical theatre, puppetry, improvisation, scripts, Theatre in Education and slapstick. Older pupils learn about using costume, working behind the scenes and preparing for GCSE Drama if selected.
Pupils are aware of their National Curriculum levels and how to achieve the next grade. They verbally peer and self-assess and complete VIVAs (talking to the camera about a performance). A homework project is set each term for students to reflect on how well they have done in group work, individual work and final performances.
We give our pupils numerous opportunities to perform in front of small and large audiences for Music and/or Drama. These include the annual school productions, Festival events and community performances. Parents are often invited to watch their children perform.
Development is measured through termly tests, written work and verbal questioning. If a pupil feels unsure or confused, strategies are put in place to help the pupil and make them feel comfortable within the environment and the work provided.