Music

The Thorns Music Department has a long history of success and we believe that this is due to our enthusiasm about musical learning and a well-developed collaborative approach to teaching and learning. We aim to make learning enjoyable and rewarding – we have found that this approach brings positive results at all levels.

  • Year 7 and 8

    In years 7 and 8, Music is in a rotation with Art and DT.

    Music = three half terms per year.

    This is delivered in a 1-hour session per week for 18 weeks per school year.

    Students will explore 3 schemes of work in year 7, these are:

    • Bada boom Bada bing! – Drumming around the world (rhythm and timing)
    • Ukulele Jukebox 1 – Four chord mash ups (performing and arranging)
    • Pitch Perfect

    Students will explore 3 schemes of work in year 8 these are:

    • VIP Studio – Music tech and creating
    • Ukulele Jukebox 2 – Songwriting
    • Hooks and Riffs – Playing and reading iconic patterns (keyboard, guitar, bass)
  • Year 9

    In year 9, Music is in a Performing Arts rotation with Dance and Drama.

    Music = two half terms per year.

    This is delivered in a 1 hour session per week for 12 weeks per school year.

    Students will explore 2 schemes of work in year 9, these are:

    • Music in Gaming – Music tech
    • School of Rock – Band culture
  • Year 10 and 11

    We offer OCR GCSE Music as an option.

    1. Examination listening paper = 40%
    2. Coursework = 60%

    Examination listening paper = 1hour 30minutess to be taken at the end of year 11.

    Coursework is split into 2 sections:

    1 = Integrated Portfolio, including a solo performance and a solo composition 30%

    2 = Practical Portfolio, including an ensemble performance and an ensemble composition = 30%

    The course is divided into sections to explore.