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Music

“Without music, life would be a mistake.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Music is about developing skills, working together and joyful participation. When students learn how to work with their audience, with each other and by themselves, then music can activate transferable skills that go on to inform and unlock potential in all other disciplines.

Through performing and composing, through singing and learning an instrument, all students at Bordesley Green Girls' School and Sixth Form can access the aliveness that comes from performing with enthusiasm and commitment.

Assessment

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

 

Key Stage 4

Year 7 – Musical Skill Development 

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

What is Music?

 Instrumental Skills 1

Singing, Ukelele, Keyboard

 Keyboard, Singing

Spring

Instrumental Skills 2

 Pachelbel’s Canon

Ukelele, Singing

 Keyboard, Composition

Summer

Class Performance

 Solo & Small Ensemble Skills

Singing, Instruments

 Singing, Keyboard, Ukelele

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Choir, Steel Pans, Guitar, Dhol, Woodwind & Brass lessons

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Year 8 – All Around the Musical World

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Flavours of the Caribbean

 Indonesian Gamelan

Singing, Ukelele, Keyboard

 Percussion

Spring

French Impressionism

 Bhangra

Keyboard, Composition

 Dhol, Keyboard

Summer

12-Bar Blues

 Blues Songwriting

Singing, Instruments

 Singing, Instruments, Composition

 

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Choir, Steel Pans, Guitar, Dhol, Woodwind & Brass lessons, School Musical

 

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Year 9 – Putting It Together

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Introduction to Song-Writing

 Introduction to Musicals

Singing, Ukelele, Keyboard, Composition

 Singing Performance

Spring

Show Planning & Songwriting

 

Show Planning & Songwriting

 

Keyboard, Singing, Composition

 Keyboard, Singing, Composition

Summer

Show Rehearsal

 Show Rehearsal/Performance

Singing, Instruments, Technical

 Singing, Instruments, Technical

 

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Choir, Steel Pans, Guitar, Dhol, Woodwind & Brass 

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Year 10 & 11 – BTEC First Award in Music 

Yr10 Aut​

Yr10 Spr​

Yr10 Sum​

Yr11 Aut​

Yr11  Spr​

Yr11  Sum​

Unit 1

The Music Business​

​   Careers & organisations          External Exam​

   in the Music Industry               in May Yr 10​

Retake

Opportunity​

 

January Yr 11​

Consolidate, wider revision when coursework is complete​

Unit 2 ​

Create a Musical Product

Work as a group to plan, host, publicise and evaluate  a concert

Or

​ Work as a group to plan, record, publicise and evaluate  an album (CD)

Unit 5

Performing​

​Skill Development​

Technical development, rehearsal and assessed performances.

Unit 6 ​

Sound

Recording​

Develop knowledge and skills to set up and run a multi-track studio recording session, followed by editing and mixing a final track

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How to we assess what your child has learned?

MUSIC

How will classwork be marked/

monitored/

graded/

self-assessed?

KS3

Final unit outcomes once every half term

Skill development ongoing as and when on spreadsheet

Ongoing verbal self/peer assessments throughout topics

KS4

Folders checked once per fortnight

Questions marked/self/peer assessed during exam lessons

Assignments assessed according to BTEC Assessment Plan

KS5

N/A

What classwork will be marked?

KS3

Final unit outcomes once every half term

Skill development ongoing as and when on spreadsheet

KS4

Teachers will comment using Red pen.

Comments will reflect unit assessment criteria

Students to track verbal feedback on sheet

KS5

N/A

How will students ‘reflect’ on marking/ feedback?

KS3/KS4/KS5

Students complete end of unit reflection sheet

How will Homework be marked/

monitored/

graded?

KS3

N/A

KS4

Exam questions will be marked by teacher

KS5

N/A

What are the formal Assessments? When are they marked?

KS3- Performances/compositions recorded every half term

KS4 BTEC- coursework assessed according to BTEC Assessment Plan

KS5- N/A