In Autumn term 1, pupils will develop their listening skills by learning about the different elements of music such as pitch, duration, rhythm, pulse and timbre. They will be able to identify different instruments and know which family of instruments they belong to.

The theme for this half term will complement the work studied in English. Some of the music we will focus on will be traditional and modern Irish music which links to the novel ‘Millions’ which is set in Ireland.

In Autumn 2, pupils will focus on rhythm and notation. This will complement the poetry analysis in English. Pupils will be able to copy, repeat and create simple written patterns. Additionally, they will listen to drum patterns which they will be expected to write down in a simple and complex forms of notation.

The theme for this half term is ‘Festivals’ and pupils will conclude this unit by playing and/or at least one traditional Christmas song.




In Spring 1, pupils will develop their understanding of the elements of music and begin to evaluate the effects of music on the listener. We will also focus on music from the Elizabethan period, complementing ‘Twelfth Night’ which will be studied in English.

In Spring 2, pupils will begin to create their own music and consider the effect they wish to have on the listener. This will complement the theme ‘Mystery’ which is being studied in English. Pupils will have the opportunity to listen to a range of music including class film scores and consider how to tell a story using music.




In the summer term, pupils will complement their work in English and Drama by focussing on Musical Theatre and learning some of the songs from the musical version of ‘Our Day Out’.

Additionally, they will aim to demonstrate their understanding of how to create their own work by aiming to write a song based on the theme.


 How is the course assessed

Pupil progress will be monitored throughout each unit. Assessment will based on pupils ability to listen to, respond to, create and review music and will take place at the end of each unit.

Assessment will take the form of teacher, peer and self-assessment and will follow national curriculum guidelines.


All marking will follow the James Brindley Marking Policy and will be based on practical work, oral and aural response and written work.


 How can you support your child at home

Encourage your child to listen to a wide range of music and discuss your likes and dislikes. Access

(BBC Bitesize music KS3) for music topics and skill development.

Utilise free smartphone and tablet apps that promote the development of musical skills including virtual keyboards, guitars and drumkits.

If your child is learning to play a musical instrument, encourage them to practise for at least 15 minutes per day.