Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Attainment and Achievement through Creativity, Collaboration and Character



It is our aim to make music accessible to all students.

Music holds no barriers; it is an excellent way to communicate and to share our creativity through collaboration.

When we have music we are never truly alone as throughout our lives wonderful memories are evoked by a beautiful melody or line from a song that touched our heart.

Musical Beginnings

Our Year 7s are welcomed into music and encouraged to show us their skills and talents. They learn the elements of music and performance skills needed to progress musically. We start this through the use of instruments and move onto modern day technology taking full advantage of music technology meaning even if we hit some wrong notes they can be fixed later. We use this technology to create our own piece of music in different styles of music from around the world. This is then continued on to performing in a group learning about how to perform as a group and the communication and critical thinking skills you need in order to perform together. Finishing off the year looking at medieval music and how they wrote songs in the middle ages, in order to create our own.

Musical Journeys

In Year 8 we take a look at how music can be written for special events and perform songs that help us commemorate Remembrance Day. After this we move onto how music can help sell products and how it is used in advertising. With this students have to create their own jingle for a soft drink they have created. Then we move onto looking into the music of The Beatles and how their music inspired modern pop music, finishing with performing a piece of their work to the class. After that performance pupils move onto learning how to create music on the spot and improvise on the pianos while performing to the class with a partner in our jazz module. Then we move forward into looking at the creation of Rap Music and how the socio-economic state of some areas of America brought about this styke of music. Students finish this module by writing their own rap lyrics. After this students move onto how music is written for films and we analyse how music can effect mood and how it is suitable for different genres with students performing a piece of music from different films to the class at the end of the year.

Key Stage 4

"Music is constantly evolving, inspiring creativity and expression in a way that no other subject can. That's why we have designed a relevant and contemporary GCSE qualification that offers your students the chance to study a wide range of musical genres, with more opportunities for practical learning. Our GCSE brings theory, listening and composition to life in new and engaging ways, and links to the world around us like never before." - AQA GCSE Music Website

At Key Stage 4 we teach AQA GCSE Music. This is assessed through 3 different areas; composition, performance and listening and appraising. Through the composition pupils will have to create 2 pieces of music, one in the style of their choice and another that is set to a brief (30% of the total grade). Through their performance they have to either perform 2 different songs, one on their own and another with at least one other musician or create a cover of a song using music technology (30% of the grade). The Listening and Appraising music section is an exam paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music that lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes (40% of the grade).

We know that every student has different learning styles and musical tastes, which is why our GCSE values all music styles, skills and instruments. Broaden your students' minds and foster a love of all music with a qualification that students of all abilities and backgrounds will enjoy.

Wider Opportunities

To ensure students' progress in Music we provide extra curricular activities at KS3 and KS4. National Curriculum Levels are regularly recorded and progression will be evident via monitoring throughout the year. Those students making inadequate progress will be invited to attend a Progress Club. Our GCSE students have access to and regularly attend Progress clubs in which they can develop their coursework and aim for a higher grade. Students also use this time to practice solo and group pieces for performance. The Dyke House School Choir enjoy practicing for all kinds of events and go out at Christmas carol singing at local care homes.