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23/07/21

Girls turn https://t.co/ahXlnNIu1L

23/07/21

Students getting ready for the year 10 200m race. HAO sports day https://t.co/FKn8J5dO3h

21/07/21

Year 12 and 10 attending the Spirituality Conference today https://t.co/yRVkZZNNji

19/07/21

Year 7 students have created some fantastic Islamic inspired art prints https://t.co/ihViBLAyXT

19/07/21

Some of our Year 8 students completed their watercolour lesson in the sunshine. They produced some fantastic work! https://t.co/z5xi3dfphK

19/07/21

Including an 'in action' video! https://t.co/tPqHoloqHm

19/07/21

Year 8s learned about forces and propulsion in their recent workshop, creating cars powered by balloons! Check out some of these awesome designs! https://t.co/DhGjlIu5aT

14/07/21

Year 10 started their virtual work experience this morning with Everyone is working hard

13/07/21

Year 10 engaging with Holocaust Memorial day and exploring the discrimination and atrocities https://t.co/2eHp55OHTf

13/07/21

We're pleased to see another team have escaped! https://t.co/NW2RMcBEGV

13/07/21

I 'wonder' which Year 7 will win our reading bingo today? https://t.co/sWYvDF9gMI

13/07/21

More 'escape' room antics and team building from 'The Big Picture' Day https://t.co/Yklln0IdqA

13/07/21

A great start to our ‘The Big Picture’ Day! So far we have had interactive timelines with Year 10. Year 9 trying to ‘escape’ the ranch from ‘Of Mice and Men’ and Year 7 completing team building. There’s more fun to come! https://t.co/iALk9wwBBZ

08/07/21

It was lovely to welcome the ‘Globe Players’ back to perform Macbeth to our year ten students today. Students are already looking forward to next year’s performances of An Inspector Calls and A Christmas Carol https://t.co/1vYDsCHOUQ

07/07/21

Really pleased to announce that our new Student Principals are Lee Carew and Georgia-Jane Cullern and our new Student Vice-Principals are Jude Moulton and Abbie McNeice. Really excited for what they are going to bring to their new roles in September 2021

29/06/21

On Wed 23rd June, the History department arranged for Year 8 to meet a real-life Militant Suffragette! We were very lucky to host Julie Maynard, an actor who visited us through the Museum of London’s outreach programme. https://t.co/90dS3mssbl

28/06/21

Tell me your fears Year 8! Coming Monday 28th June 2021 https://t.co/Y1BmBBAZcV

24/06/21

Year 8 it’s nearly time to face your fears... coming Monday 28th June. https://t.co/Dkup0MvM14

23/06/21

Year 8, Omar, created this fantastic prehistoric design for his mechanical cam toy, with outstanding results! https://t.co/TELWpUYDOQ

23/06/21

Year 8 something is coming on Monday 28th June... https://t.co/bLgFCHQZtO

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Music

I would teach children Music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly Music, for the patterns in Music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” Plato

The vision for the Harris Academy Orpington Music department is to empower every student with the skills and confidence to express themselves musically and creatively as well as to acquaint our students with the world’s rich musical heritage and traditions so that they can be assured and confident to engage with Music from any context or era.

Developing the inter-personal skills of our students to build resilience, cooperation, and collaboration, is a vital part of our curriculum so students are frequently challenged to perform their ideas to each other whilst being encouraged to evaluate the success of their performances and compositions.

The curriculum is designed to challenge the students both creatively and theoretically, and each unit shows progression to ensure prior knowledge is embedded and developed. Students have one 50-minute lesson per week in Key Stage 3 in Music classes which are mixed ability. Ensemble work is an integral element of Music and consideration is given to groupings to ensure all students have the ability to make progress.

To complement the curriculum, there is a variety of enrichment opportunities:

  • A small number of students participate in the Harris Federation Choir and perform at the annual conference in October.
  • In partnership with the Bromley Youth Music Trust, there is a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for those students who want to develop their Musical skills and abilities beyond the classroom curriculum.
  • Individual instrumental lessons are available to all students throughout the school from our team of dedicated and enthusiastic peripatetic teachers. Students are encouraged to accredit their learning and progress by sitting practical exams with a variety of examination boards appropriate to their instrument or style of Music such as Rock School, London College of Music, ABRSM, and Trinity College.
  • Music theory is offered as an extracurricular activity and students sit examinations with ABRSM and Trinity College. HAO students have had particular success with these examinations and this has consequently raised both aspirations and progress.

The overarching aim of the Music curriculum is to create well-rounded, confident, and aspirational students. For those students who develop an aptitude for Music, the curriculum supports their preparation for further study at colleges and several of our students pursue Music or Musical Theatre beyond KS4 study.


What is the intention of the curriculum?

 

  • To perform, listen to, review and evaluate Music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and Musicians
  • To learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose Music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a Musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of Musical excellence
  • To understand and explore how Music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate Musical notations
  • play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments Musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
  • improvise and compose; and extend and develop Musical ideas by drawing on a range of Musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
  • use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of Musical styles, genres and traditions
  • identify and use the interrelated dimensions of Music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other Musical devices
  • listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of Music from great composers and Musicians
  • develop a deepening understanding of the Music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history

Students will acquire and develop this knowledge and understanding through a variety of creative and practical activities as well as developing students' competence and confidence in the three areas of performing, composing, and listening.  The intention is to ensure that students study a range of Musical genres, performance practice, composition, and listening, that are as broad and balanced as possible and ensure lessons allow students to work as individuals and in groups or ensembles, developing creativity and performance practice, as well as interpersonal skills.

In addition to the curriculum, students have the opportunity to further develop and consolidate their practical ability and skills through the participation in a wide range of extracurricular activities at school and within the borough.

The practical activities are delivered through:

  • Keyboard
  • Singing
  • Ukulele

How will this be implemented?

Students should build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. They should develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness, and understand Musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the expressive use of Musical dimensions. They should listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as Musicians. They should use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of Musical contexts and styles.

  • Practical projects are planned across each year of Key Stage 3. Each project has been designed to provide opportunities for performing, composition, and listening as appropriate.
  • Students will work both independently and collaboratively to understand the principles of Music in the wider context.
  • Each project will focus on a particular discipline to build student confidence and knowledge. Active participation is encouraged for all students irrespective of ability.

Student engagement

The successful implementation of the Music curriculum is indicated and evidenced by the way that students value the subject. This is shown by:

  • Students demonstrating a development in confidence and self-esteem
  • Student ability to perform outside of their comfort zone
  • Participation in Music activities outside of the classroom and beyond the Federation
  • Students participating regularly in Music enrichment activities
  • Positive Student voice
  • Uptake of students opting to study a Music based qualification at KS4

How will we judge the impact of this curriculum?

It is important that both qualitative and quantitative measures of impact are considered. The impact of Music is explicit through exam and assessment results but it is also evident through the response of students.

In KS3, students undertake ongoing formative assessments within their Music lessons, and each half term includes an opportunity for them to perform and / or produce a composition at the end of each practical unit. The assessment model, and indeed the Key Stage 3 curriculum, are cumulative in their structure and content and so Key Stage 3 students are expected to develop their foundational understanding and know more, retain more, and be able to apply and engage their increasing knowledge and understanding into their musical practice.

Formative assessment and verbal feedback during the lesson is used to ensure that the curriculum is being delivered in an impactful way and to ensure all students are developing and making progress. Teachers frequently reflect on students’ musical and physical literacies and competencies, as well as their theoretical and cultural understanding of Music in its widest sense. They look to ascertain whether students are becoming more comfortable with all these aspects, as well as growing in confidence in articulating their thoughts, ideas, and explanations verbally, and demonstrating their practical progress. This means that students’ progress and performance is monitored so that students can be clearly guided to improved outcomes.

Students who take individual instrumental lessons are encouraged to sit external practical examinations with the relevant exam board. Students who take extracurricular theory lessons sit either ABRSM or Trinity College theory examinations at the appropriate grade. Those students who reach Grade 5 in theory and practical will meet the entrance requirements for Music at A-level. Those students who achieve Grade 6 or higher are eligible for a sliding scale of UCAS points adjusted for attainment when they apply for university.