Music Skills

The aim of the Music Department at Caister Academy is to make music:


•  To develop a sensitive response to sound in general and a lifelong enjoyment of music of all kinds, both as a listener and a participant.
•  To think about musical ideas.
•  To use music as a creative stimulus.



•  To develop pupils’ self-expression.
•  To develop the capacity to understand and express ideas and feelings through the medium of sound.



•  Singing and playing instruments together creates bonds
•  To develop the ability to work constructively as a member of a group using skills of leadership, discussion, negotiation and the blending of different peoples’ ideas.



•  To develop an awareness of musical heritage, traditions and developments in a variety of cultures and societies.
•  Music provides many opportunities for pupils to get involved in the cultural life of the school, the wider community and society as a whole. In music each pupil can develop his or her ability to make a positive contribution to the cultural life of the school in a variety of ways, as performer, listener, organiser, music leader or in a supporting role. Being involved in the cultural life of a community provides opportunities to make a lifelong contribution to society.



•  To help language development and literacy.
•  To develop a feel for patterns and numeracy.
•  To provide a vehicle for learning and to enhance other subjects e.g. language, history, art, drama, dance etc.



•  Music helps pupils to understand the way their feelings work and to develop an insight into areas of experience, some of which cannot be verbalised easily.


The Lesson

•  Develop an understanding and enjoyment of music.
•  Provide opportunities for singing, playing instruments, performing, composing and listening.
•  Offer a variety of musical experiences reflecting different times, places and cultures.
•  Explore music through cross-curricular themes.
•  Meet the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Key Stage 3

KS3 Music Curriculum – 2017-18 (PDF)


Key Stage 4

The 2 year course develops skills for performance and consists of 3 units.

Unit 1

•  Skills development in practical sessions.
•  SWOT analysis identifying areas of development.
•  Video diary of practise and performance.
•  Risk assessment.
•  Presentation/workshop showing understanding of practise skills and techniques.

Unit 2
External examined unit. 30hrs preparation and 30hrs of an exam consisting of research, planning, rehearsing and performing.

Unit 3
Plan a performance for a charity event. Present a portfolio of work demonstrating process and development. This will include a reflective log and video evidence.

Please select the link below to view the music curriculum timetable (in PDF format).

Music Timetable


“Music affords a kind of pleasure that human beings cannot do without” – Confucius