Welcome to the Music page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we help student secure and further develop a love of the arts.

Curriculum Intent

Music touches the very heart of our humanity and a sense of the wonder of music has touched human societies throughout history, I Cross ’Music, mind and evolution’. 

Music education offers young people the chance to understand, perform and create in an aural dimension that often sits outside our capacity to describe in words.  For many student, the music they love will be part of the narrative of their lives and bring colour to the experiences that shape them.

In music we student are taught a wide range of musical styles, cultures, beliefs through a range of performing, composing and appraising.  This is done via three main interlinked methods: -

  • student will learn technical aspects of a range of instruments and technology to translate their intentions into sounds
  • student will then use these technical aspects to creatively compose and arrange music in a variety of styles to show understanding of the process
  • student will then be able to use their technical knowledge and skills to express the composer's intention

Student will get the chance to be involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities as well as having the opportunity to take individual instrumental lessons from visiting instrumental teachers. Extra-curricular activities include: Samba band, Steel Drums, Healing Harmony, Healing Chamber Orchestra and opportunities for bands to practise either after school or during lunchtimes. There will also be many opportunities throughout the year to perform to an audience which cements the learning taking place within curriculum time.

Student show respect in music as a result of the teachers’ secure curriculum knowledge, a curriculum that is sequence to develop student knowledge, skills and future learning outside of the classroom.  Student gain many transferable skills that support other subject areas including problem solving, social skills, technical skills and allow all learners an expressive outlet for mental health and well-being

All learners are able to develop consistently high standards of work through quality lessons that are shaped with the individual groups and student in mind.  Instrumentalists will be encouraged to further develop their technical skills in curriculum time.  Student who do not play instruments will be taught the fundamental musical concepts via a range of instruments i.e.: - piano, guitar, voice, percussion.  A “little and often” approach will ensure student embed their acquired knowledge.

Key Stage 3 -  Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Throughout KS3 student will develop a musical knowledge, become fluent in performing and recording and acquire a range of skills that support deeper and advanced thinking.  Throughout the 3 years, student will have plentiful opportunities to return to and consolidate their short term learning.

Student will study music for one hour per week one half term in rotation with Drama 

Year 7 

Term 1 – Rhythm and notation

Term 2 – Chasing Cars guitar and band project

Term 3 – Riff writing composition

Year 8 

Term 1 – Reggae music and culture

Term 2 – White Stripes technical arranging

Term 3 – Remix project

Year 9 

Term 1 – Pachelbels Canon

Term 2 – Pachelbels Canon remix

Term 3 – Riptide band project

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Audio assessment is at the heart of Healing Music Department Curriculum.

Student will be assessed through performance, composition and musical understanding work.

National Curriculum levels will be used as a guide when assessing student’ work.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

The Key Stage 4 curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge learnt at KS3. Retrieval practice and independent learning skills will be developed through the 3 core components: Understanding Music; Performing Music; Composing Music.

It is an expectation that student will have instrumental lessons and practise their instrument outside of lessons as well as getting involved in a range of musical activities both in and out of school.  This will ensure the content of the subject is embedded and student access a wide range of educational experiences to support their learning and technical, constructive and expressive skills.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

  • Component 1 (40%) – Understanding Music - 1.5 hour formal examination with questions relating to the set works, wide range of music and the pupils understanding of musical elements.
  • Component 2 (30%) – Performing Music - The two pieces of music will be assessed (one solo, one ensemble) by the centre and moderated externally.
  • Component 3 (30%) – Composing Music - The composition will be assessed by the centre and moderated externally.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?


4+ “standard” pass




76.5 %

5+ “strong pass”




76.5 %

What can it lead to?

  • Theatre, television & film related jobs.
  • Music industry jobs (Recording/Studio engineer etc.).
  • Journalism.
  • Concert promotion.
  • Musician, Session Musician, Conductor.
  • Media
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Tuition – In school or Private.

One of the key outcomes of a quality music education is to foster as appreciation of the arts and secure an emotional outlet to support and develop a healthy sense of self and support mental well-being