Music

 Music

Curriculum Map

Sheringham High School Music department seeks to enthuse and inspire students and to promote the value of music in life.

The department has a class set of ukulele’s and African drums, which gives the students a wide range of resources to use both in and outside of lessons. The department has two rehearsal rooms, a suite of Apple Mac computers and a range of instruments both electronic and acoustic. The Music department also offers several extra-curricular in instrumental and vocal workshops. There is a School Concert Band that perform in productions and concerts. Extra theory sessions and GCSE composition and performing are offered to Key Stage 4 students

If students wish, they can opt to have instrumental lessons on an instrument of their choice. A team of dedicated, experienced peripatetic tutors teaches them. Students can choose from a range of instruments including singing, piano, brass, woodwind, strings, drums and guitars. There are currently over 60 students who receive instrumental tuition in school.

The Music department tries to offer other opportunities for students to get involved. There are student led bands and vocal groups that perform for events during the year.

The music department composed and performed a new musical version of, The War of the Worlds.’

In the summer term 2017, we worked with the drama department to perform, ‘The Jungle Book’.

In December, we annually hold a joint Christmas Concert at Sheringham Church with other local primary schools.

In June 2018, the school production was the Cameron Macintosh musical, 'Mary Poppins' and included a large number of music, drama and dance pupils.

The May 2019 production was our own version of ‘Oliver Twist.’

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, students will:

  • Develop performing, composing, listening and appraising skills
  • Extend these skills through practical tasks
  • Make connections between all areas of knowledge and musical experiences

In particular, there will be a focus on:

  • The elements of music and compositional devices
  • Reading and understanding basic notation
  • The use of music technology, in particular Garageband and Cubase software

Students are formatively assessed during each unit, leading to a summative assessment at the end of each unit of work, usually at the end of a half term.

Year 7 units of work:

  • Unit 1 Bridging Unit (Notation
  • Story (Form):
  • Gamelan Music (World):
  • Ostinato (Vocal):
  • Impressionism (Historical):
  • Woodwind (Orchestral):

Year 8 units of work:

  • Unit 1 : Pentatonic (Notation)
  • Unit 2 : Structure (Form)
  • Unit 3 : Jazz and Riff (World)
  • Unit 4 : Ensemble Performance (Vocal)
  • Unit 5 : Texture (Orchestral)
  • Unit 6 : Musical Futures
Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students can opt to study

Year 9 GCSE foundation year units of work:

  • Unit 1 : Chords (Notation)
  • Unit 2 : Variations (Form)
  • Unit 3 : Indian Music (World)
  • Unit 4 : Duet (Vocal)
  • Unit 5 : Percussion (Orchestral)
  • Unit 6 : Film Music (Historical)

Successful completion of either of these courses would allow students to continue onto Level 3 Music qualifications, or for some A Level Music.


Current GCSE Students please click here for details about revision guides and resources >>

Key Stage 5

For information of courses in Years 12 and 13 click on this link >>

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