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Sheringham High School Music department seeks to enthuse and inspire students and to promote the value of music in life..

Music curriculum and assessment >


Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, students will:

  • Develop performing, composing, listening and appraising skills
  • Extend these skills through practical tasks
  • Make connections between all areas of knowledge and musical experiences

In particular, there will be a focus on:

  • The elements of music and compositional devices
  • Reading and understanding basic notation
  • The use of music technology, in particular Garageband and Cubase software

Students are formatively assessed during each unit, leading to a summative assessment at the end of each unit of work, usually at the end of a half term.

Year 7 units of work:

  • Unit 1 Bridging Unit (Notation
  • Story (Form):
  • Gamelan Music (World):
  • Ostinato (Vocal):
  • Impressionism (Historical):
  • Woodwind (Orchestral):

Year 8 units of work:

  • Unit 1 : Pentatonic (Notation)
  • Unit 2 : Structure (Form)
  • Unit 3 : Jazz and Riff (World)
  • Unit 4 : Ensemble Performance (Vocal)
  • Unit 5 : Texture (Orchestral)
  • Unit 6 : Musical Futures

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students can opt to study

Year 9 GCSE foundation year units of work:

  • Unit 1 : Chords (Notation)
  • Unit 2 : Variations (Form)
  • Unit 3 : Indian Music (World)
  • Unit 4 : Duet (Vocal)
  • Unit 5 : Percussion (Orchestral)
  • Unit 6 : Film Music (Historical)

Year 10 GCSE Units of work:

Unit 1. Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices. Structure, Variation form, Baroque and modern examples. Rondo, Rondeux, Ritornello.

Unit 2. Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices. ABA. Binary, Terraced dynamics, Canon Reggae, Blues, Britpop.

Unit 3. Popular Music and fusion. Area of study 4. Pavane, Irish and Scottish fusion, Modal music and Fusion cultures. Impressionism.

Unit 4. Music for Ensemble Area of study 2. Pavan , Minuet, Canon, Carrillion.

Unit 5. Popular Music and fusion World. Area of study 4. Scales, Fusions. Serialism and Expressionism, Minimalism.

Unit 6. Music for film and TV. Area of study 3: Film Music. Animation, Brass, Strings, timbre, Dynamics. Cubase. Set works and Mock exam. Time signatures including irregular ones.

Year 11 Units of work;

Area 1. Forms and devices including form not already covered. Periods of musical history; Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century. Exam board composition set work

Unit 2. Area 4 popular music. Bhangra, Fusion, Pop history, pop set work, Solo performance.

Units 3. Exam content revision techniques. Past papers. Free composition. Ensemble performance.

Unit 4. Mock exams. Film music Area 4, special effects, music processing. Harmonies and patterns. Various textures, monophonic, polyphonic, homophonic, heterophony. Film texture, dynamics. Exam preparation and practise. Recording solo and ensemble pieces.

Deadlines are before the Easter holiday to allow reporting grades to parents and students.

Successful completion of either of these courses would allow students to continue onto Level 3 Music qualifications, or for some A Level Music.

The department has a class set of ukulele’s and African drums, which gives the students a wide range of resources to use both in and outside of lessons. The department has two rehearsal rooms, a suite of Apple Mac computers and a range of instruments both electronic and acoustic. The Music department also offers several extra-curricular in instrumental and vocal workshops. There is a School Concert Band that perform in productions and concerts. Extra theory sessions and GCSE composition and performing are offered to Key Stage 4 students

If students wish, they can opt to have instrumental lessons on an instrument of their choice. A team of dedicated, experienced peripatetic tutors teaches them. Students can choose from a range of instruments including singing, piano, brass, woodwind, strings, drums and guitars. There are currently over 60 students who receive instrumental tuition in school.

The Music department tries to offer other opportunities for students to get involved. There are student led bands and vocal groups that perform for events during the year.

Considering a career in music: Working in Performing Arts, Music therapist, Music journalism, Musician, Performer, Composer, Sound engineer, IT and the internet. 

In 2017 the music department composed and performed a new musical version of, The War of the Worlds.’

In the summer term 2017, we worked with the drama department to perform, ‘The Jungle Book’.

In December, we annually hold a joint Christmas Concert at Sheringham Church with other local primary schools.

In June 2018, the school production was the Cameron Macintosh musical, 'Mary Poppins' and included a large number of music, drama and dance pupils.

The May 2019 production was our own version of ‘Oliver Twist.’

In 2020 we produced our own version of the Aladdin story.

 We also were proud to work with the Norwich based Arts team from, ‘The Garage’ helping our  students to improve their band skills

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.