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    Music has a unique contribution to make to the learning of pupils at Polam Hall School. The music curriculum aims to give pupils access to a wide range of practical activities which enables them to develop a love of music whilst making progress with learning new musical skills. Through engaging in the interrelated activities of composing, performing and critical listening, pupils will develop their confidence, skills and knowledge as creative individuals.
    The music curriculum aims to teach pupils the styles, genres and traditions involved in music making through a varied programme of study enabling them to develop their critical engagement with music.

    The music curriculum at Polam is designed to uphold the expressed aims of the National Curriculum. We therefore aim to ensure that all pupils:

    • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
    • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
    • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

    Pupils are given opportunities to do the following:

    • play and perform in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice and learning to play instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
    • improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
    • use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
    • identify and use the interrelated dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices
    • listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians

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    Age Related Expectations Template Year 7 Music.docx72.23 Kb
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    At GCSE students follow the Edexcel GCSE Music specification. Further details can be found using this link:


    At A Level students follow the AQA A Level Music specification. Further details can be found using this link: