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Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 Learning Plans

Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 Learning Plans 2016 2017

YEAR PLAN

Year 7 MUSIC

In year 7 students study Music as part of a carousel of 5 subjects. This means that students study each subject for a block of lessons before moving on to another subject (the carousel rotates twice during the year).

TERM

UNIT

ASSESSMENT TYPE

HOMEWORK  OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

Carousel 1

 

 

 

 

 

 



Carousel 2

Introduction to music/Developing keyboard skills

Students are introduced to music as a subject and they start to develop their keyboard skills and music theory.

Ukuleles

Students learn to play the ukulele, as well as starting to develop their ensemble skills by forming ukulele bands. 

 

Programme Music

Students continue to develop their music theory and knowledge of the elements of music, by exploring how music can be used to tell a story. Students work to continue their keyboard skills, as well as compose their own programme music.

 

Radio Project

Students explore how music technology is used to create radio programmes. They create their own jingles and use Garageband to record and edit them.

 

Practical Skills Assessment

Interim formal assessment and personalised feedback.

Firefly music quiz

 

Theory worksheet.

 

Elements of music match up

 

Students are encouraged to regularly access our Music Firefly pages to find lots of tips and techniques to practice at home to further develop their skills, as well as enhance their knowledge.

 


YEAR PLAN

Year 8 MUSIC

In year 8 students study Music separately as part of a carousel. This means that students study each subject for a block of lessons before moving on to another subject (the carousel rotates twice during the year).

TERM

UNIT

ASSESSMENT TYPE

HOMEWORK  OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

Carousel 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Carousel 2

 

 

 

 

The Blues

Students learn the context, history and influence of blues music.

Keyboard skills are further enhanced through practical performances, including improvisation.

Reggae

Students learn to identify and explore the main features of reggae music. Opportunities are granted for students to work as part of a reggae ensemble to perform a famous piece of music.

 

African music

This scheme of work allows students to explore the culture and music of Africa. They will develop their musical vocabulary, whilst working as part of an African drumming ensemble.

Dance music

Full use of the Apple Macs is made through their scheme of work. Students will listen to and analyse a variety of dance music, using these finding to develop their own dance arrangements.

 Students learn the full capabilities of Garageband and use them to create sequenced performances.

Practical Skills Assessment

Interim formal assessment and personalised feedback

Blues worksheet

 

Firefly listening questions

 

African music worksheets

 

Students are encouraged to regularly access our Music Firefly pages to find lots of tips and techniques to practice at home to further develop their skills, as well as enhance their knowledge.

 


YEAR PLAN

Year 9

Students in Year 9 study Music and have 4 lessons a fortnight for the duration of the academic year.

TERM

UNIT

ASSESSMENT TYPE

HOMEWORK  OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

Autumn 1

 

 

Theme and variation

Students further enhance their theory, keyboard and arrangement skills by performing and changing themes.

Musical futures

Opportunities are made for students to work on their specialist instrument, as part of a popular music ensemble.

Music Technology

 Music technology and Garageband skills are refreshed through sequenced compositions and arrangements.

Composing

 Students further develop their music theory through composition. The elements of music are explored in more detail and use to create compositions. 

Practical Skills Assessment

Interim formal assessment and personalised feedback

 

 

Theory research tasks

Firefly evaluations

Firefly quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn 2

 

Spring 1

Film music

A range of film music is explored and students are given opportunities to performance and compose their own soundtracks/leitmotifs.

Ground bass

More composition techniques are explored students continue to develop their keyboard skills through solo performances.

Remixing

A range of remixes are explored and students use their exploration to create their own remixes, based on stems from popular songs. This helps develop their arrangement and composition skills, whilst giving an insight into how music producers operate.

Rap

Students delve into the genre of rap, developing their lyric creation skills, as well as performance skills.

Practical Skills Assessment

Interim formal assessment and personalised feedback


Theory research tasks

Firefly evaluations

Firefly quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2

Summer

Popular music

 This scheme allows ensemble skills to be further developed, whilst students work toward a high quality performance. Students can further their skills on their specialist instrument whilst identifying and dissecting the features of popular music.

Composition – Free choice

Students utilize all the skills they have learnt throughout the year to create their own composition. This can be done through music technology or as a live performance.

Practical Skills Assessment

Interim formal assessment and personalised feedback


Theory research tasks

Firefly evaluations

Firefly quiz

Popular music features worksheet

Students are encouraged to regularly access our Music Firefly pages to find lots of tips and techniques to practice at home to further develop their skills.