Curriculum

MUSIC

The study of music engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and nurture their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement, so that pupils eventually develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, perform, listen and appraise.

Our music curriculum takes an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing and appraising. Teaching takes place in two purpose built classrooms, which include 40 electronic keyboards, 5 practice rooms, 1 recording studio, with 5 Apple iMacs, 30 Apple Macbook Pros and Sibelius Software.

Music at KS3
Year 7 Year 8
Listening and appraising:

  • Musical Elements Listening

Composition:

  • iPad Composition

Practical:

  • Keyboard Project
Listening and appraising:

  • Blues and Listening Test

Composition:

  • Garageband Dance Macbook composition

Practical:

  • Keyboard Project
Assessment

Formal Assessment takes place at the end of each Half-Term.

Music at KS4 (GCSE)

Examination Board: OCR

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Introduction to GCSE Music: Theory and listening analysis
  • Vocabulary
  • The concerto through time
  • Rhythms of the world
  • Conventions of Pop
  • Film Music (listening & composition focus, achieving drama and tension through music)
  • Rhythms of the world
  • Conventions of Pop
  • Solo performance, composition and commentary
  • Listening practise
  • Revision and composition two time
Assessment
Integrated Portfolio
Overview Focus
  • Non-examined assessment
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of GCSE
Performance on the learner’s chosen instrument (30 marks, 15%)

Composition to a brief set by the learner (30 marks, 15%)

Practical Component
Overview Focus
  • Non-examined assessment
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of GCSE
Ensemble Performance (30 marks, 15%)

Board Set Composition (30 marks, 15%)

Listening Exam
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1hr 30mins)
  • 80 marks
  • 40%
Listening, appraisal and notation skills
Enrichment Offer

The musical activities we offer include Highfield Vocal Group, Keyboard Group, Flute Group, Music Theory Classes and Highfield Band. Groups normally meet for half an hour at lunch or an hour after school with extra rehearsals before particular performances.  School music groups contribute to our annual performances. All pupils have the chance to perform in our annual concert, showcasing fantastic musical talents.

Playing a musical instrument has huge benefits. It is good for academic progress, improving concentration and organisational skills, developing self‐esteem, confidence and social skills; apart from the sheer pleasure playing music brings! Highfield Leadership Academy offers a wide range of instrumental tuition supplied by Blackpool Music Service. Pupils may choose from the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Piano, Keyboard, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit and Singing.

In the music department, we also run workshops for our pupils, where we invite professionals to give tutorials on their instrument. These have included a piano workshop and an African Drumming workshop.