Subject Intent

The music curriculum at Whitehill Community Academy is delivered through timetabled lessons, assemblies and performances. When designing the music curriculum, the full national curriculum for music was taken into consideration, ensuring that pupils are exposed to all of the aims and more.

The music curriculum at Whitehill Community Academy is designed to give pupils the knowledge and skills needed to become confident and creative musicians who have a love of music. The study of music gives pupils the opportunity to develop their critical listening skills by listening to a wide variety of music from multiple time periods and genres, and this understanding will help to inspire creativity in pupils’ own compositions.

At Whitehill Community Academy, knowledge is structured so that each term and year build upon one another to ensure pupils gain the essential knowledge of musicianship within the areas of rhythm, pitch and tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture and structure, and form. Pupils simultaneously develop their skills through listening, singing, performing and composing.

The depth of knowledge gained will give pupils the strong foundations within the study of music which not only prepares them for future study, but also empowers them to be able to appreciate music when they hear it, and the confidence to be able to express themselves through it.

Our curriculum includes music spanning a wide range of cultures and traditions which helps pupils gain an appreciation of the way that music shapes the world that we live in.

Golden Threads

To enable our subject leaders to provide a robust approach to the music curriculum, knowledge and skills are structured so that each term and year build upon one another. This is done by mapping out the ‘Golden Threads’ of our music curriculum. Through mapping out the ‘Golden Threads’ we can ensure that pupils are given lots of opportunities to perfect their skills, knowledge and understanding.

The Golden Threads of ‘music’ are:

  • Singing
  • Instruments
  • Listening
  • Musical theory
  • Composition
  • Performance

Long-term plan

Ofsted Good Provider
Trinity Scholars

Trinity Scholar students benefit from an additional investment of up to £6000

Click to find out more!