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How we deliver Music at Bents Green School

Students have full access to the Music National Curriculum which is   differentiated to meet students’ learning needs and styles.  

The Music Curriculum is designed to be challenging, and appropriate to each student’s stage of development. 

The Music Curriculum enables students to experience and perform a wide range of musical styles from many genres of the subject. 

The Music Curriculum enables students to build skills and knowledge and practical experience of a wide range of instruments and vocal experiences. 

The Music Curriculum offers opportunities for performances throughout the school year, with Christmas concerts, assembly performances and the annual concert ‘Bents Green’s Got Talent’. 

The Music Curriculum offers opportunities for cross-curricula learning to ensure students make significant personal development including; 

  • Music  activities during theme days 
  • Educational visits 
  • Use of a wide range of media to explore many musical cultures.  

Students in Phase 3 (Y7-Y8) have one Music lesson a week. 

Other musical opportunities are offered to students in Phase 4 (Y9-Y11). 

We provide additional extra-curricular activities, including: visits from professional musicians to provide interactive concerts. 

The Music curriculum is designed to build and expand on previous skills and subject knowledge. It also plans for opportunities for repetition to embed knowledge, increasing information recall and to integrate new knowledge into larger ideas.  

Each unit in the Music curriculum has a detailed scheme of work to support the implementation and consistency of delivery.    

The Music curriculum is differentiated by Pathways ensuring the curriculum matches students’ needs and is relevant to their age and stage of development.  

The Music teacher uses a range of formative and summative assessment including regular marking and feedback and self and peer assessment. 

What we want our students to achieve 

To inspire and challenge students as music-makers. 

To encourage imaginative and creative thinking when performing or composing. 

To nurture self-confidence and self-esteem. 

To encourage group activity, listening to others and co-operative behaviour. 

To encourage intelligent and aware listening skills and their attention to sound. 

To help develop performance skills to the best of students’ abilities. 

To enable students to participate both as individuals and within group contexts. 

To encourage improvisatory skills. 

To increase awareness and the understanding of basic musical language and key words e.g. high/low, loud/soft, pitch, pulse etc. 

What difference is the Music curriculum making to our students

Our students are engaged in learning through the effective implementation of the curriculum. 

Our students will have the opportunity to take part in a performance.  

Most students will meet or exceed their expected progress in Music.    

Our students will be stimulated by the curriculum to develop their curiosity of the work of various musicians and the wide variety of instruments available to them for play, explore and increase creativity.   

Our students are able to deepen their knowledge and understanding of periods of Music history, famous composers and different genres within Music.   

Being able to engage in the therapeutic nature of music. 

Being provided with a happy, caring and challenging learning environment. 

Our students will be well prepared for their next step of learning and education.