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TCMusic is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context.

Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

Scheme of Work Overview

Term Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8

Autumn 1A

Learning to read & write traditional music African Rhythm Shanty Time Drunken Sailor Understanding Chords and melody over chords

Autumn 1B


Oriental Music

Indian Ragas Pictures at an Exhibition.

12 Bar Blues

Spring 2A

A Journey into Outer Space

Keyboard performance “Oh When the Saints” Performance of Sunshine of your Love by Cream Arrangement of Smoke on the Water

Spring 2B

James Bond Theme Tune

Pitched Ostinato

Q&A using Pentatonic notes

Baroque Concerto

Form & Structure

Music and the Media

Composing to a scene

Summer 3A

Medieval Music

Melody writing

Whale Music

Dance EJay

Composing a Dance Mix

The Exorcist theme tune – Tubular Bells 

Summer 3B

Understanding Cubasis Rocks “n” Riffs

Messages and Music

Composing a mobile ring tone

Pop Song (Rock Song)