Music at Heritage Park
The Expressive Arts Department cater for Music and Drama across the school. Our aims are;
- To provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils at Heritage Park.
- To provide opportunities for pupils express themselves through the arts.
- To encourage our pupils to participate in the arts in order to enhance their self-esteem and social skills.
- To provide opportunities for pupils to perform in front of their peers and families.
"Where words fail, Music speaks"
There are many benefits to learning music. It enhances memory, builds on social skills, improves coordination, improves reading and comprehension skills and enhances self-esteem, to name but a few. At Heritage Park, we teach music across the school to all year groups. We provide lessons in guitar, keyboard and singing from external providers; available to all pupils in the school. We have a fantastic room in which to teach.
Primary pupils follow the primary national curriculum for Music. Pupils are taught away from the tables and are encouraged to sit in a group. They listen to a wide variety of music; from classical to popular and learn to appraise what they hear using musical vocabulary. There is a strong emphasis on singing and pupils are taught a song every half term in accordance with their class topics. We also make opportunities for pupils to compose, either in groups or using computer package 'Super Dooper Music Looper'. We also encourage 'free' time in which pupils can explore our instruments and develop their skills through improvisation.
Years 7 and 8 are taught on a three year rolling programme which covers a variety of topics including the development of the orchestra and western classical music, popular music and world music. Within these, we extend knowledge of key musical vocabulary and notation and introduce a more structured approach to composition using Cubase. Pupils are, like the primary phase, encouraged to improvise on our instruments and express themselves through playing and performance.
Year 9 pupils follow the Entry Pathway in Music (WJEC). We have found this course to be a great grounding for GCSE, should pupils choose to take it. Pupils can achieve either an Entry 2 or 3 qualification.
All of our Y10 and 11 pupils have the opportunity to leave with a qualification in the Expressive Arts. We offer Music GCSE (EdExcel) for those with whom music is a strength. Pupils will study 12 pieces set by the exam board, for which there is an exam at the end; along with solo and ensemble performance and composition.
For all other pupils, we offer Arts Award Bronze for Y10 (Level 1) and Silver for Y11 (Level 2) (Accredited by Trinity College, London). Both awards are designed for each pupil to specialise in their own interests. There are 4 parts; Taking part, be the audience, arts inspiration and share your skills. Pupils have to complete each part and present in a portfolio.
For primary and secondary pupils, we formally assess progress half termly, but are continuously observing for progression. We use our self-designed APP grids which follow the assertive mentoring system. This allows us to give each pupil a stage at which they are working on and outline targets in order to aid progression.
Year 10 and 11 pupils are monitored throughout their qualification, then awarded accordingly at the end of their courses.