Music Overview

Why do we study Music? 

We aim to create the very best musicians. We challenge students to think, act and speak like those working in the field. We do this through quality teaching which challenges our students to not only understand different styles and genres of music but requires them to explore, discuss and demonstrate this understanding in creative ways. They are challenged in all lessons to be able to demonstrate understanding and creativity through performance, composition, through collaboration with their peers and through evaluation of their own work.  

Our curriculum at Ridgeway Secondary goes far beyond what is taught in lessons, for whilst we want students to achieve the very best examination results possible, we believe our curriculum goes beyond what is examinable. As a department we offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for those students who want to develop their musical skills and abilities beyond a classroom curriculum. Individual instrumental lessons are available to all students throughout the school.  Students are then encouraging at given opportunities to play their instruments in lessons to further develop these skills.   

Music forms a backbone to our ethos statement. Examples of how our curriculum supports the ethos statement are by providing mental, physical, social and academic development. The KS2, KS3 and KS4 curriculum through composition. The whole of the KS2 and KS3 curriculum requires students to be able to collaborate whilst being mindful to the opinions and abilities of others. We encourage students to be enquiring in the development of their ideas. Developing the confidence of our students is another vital part of our curriculum and students are frequently challenged to perform their ideas to each other whilst being encouraged to evaluate the success of these performances, with respect and humility.  


Year 5

Autumn term: Living on a Prayer and Classroom Jazz 1.

Spring Term: Make you feel my love and Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Summer Term: Dancing in the Street and Reflect and Unwind.

Year 6

Autumn term: Happy and Classroom Jazz 2

Spring Term: A New Years Carol and You’ve got a friend in Me

Summer Term: Music and Me and Reflect and Unwind.


Year 7

Autumn Term: Keyboards skill, the musical elements, and African Music.

Spring Term: Pentatonic Rondo and Four Chords Pop Songs.

Summer Term: Programme Music and The Blues.

Year 8

Autumn Term: Theme and Variations and Child Prodigies.

Spring Term: Child Prodigies and Minimalism

Summer Term: Reggae and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Year 9

Autumn Term: Hooks and Riff and Vivaldi Rocks

Spring Term: Song Writing and Bhangra

Summer Term: Gaming Music and In at the Deep End.


GCSE OCR Music: At KS4 students study The Concerto through Time, Conventions of Pop, Rhythms of the World and Film music AOS.  Composing and performing play an important part of the GCSE curriculum where student have 5 lessons in a two-week period.  Student are assessed on Integrated portfolio (Solo Performance and free composition which is 30% of the total mark),  The Practical Component (Ensemble Performance and Composition set to a brief from OCR which is 30% of the total mark) and the listening exam based on the Areas of Study.