Expressive Arts

Introduction: Pupils are introduced to music and music theory concepts in year 7.  This is developed further in year 8 with the focus on more complex theory.  Year 9 pupila are introduced to a variety of Musical genres and guitar playing.  All pupils are taught keyboard techniques as well as basic drumming and guitar.

Lessons in guitar and drums are available for free to all students and take place during school hours.

All pupils are invited to take part in the singing group, guitar club and keyboard club.


Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Year 7 – Musical Elements & notation

Year 8 – Variations and Major Scales

Year 9 – Reggae and Blues

Year 7 – Step and Leap

Year 8 – Chromatic scales and intervals

Year 9 –Remixes & Film Music

Year 7 – Marches and Waltzes & Instruments of the   Orchestra

Year 8 – Café G & Sandwiches

Year 9 – Hiphop & Guitars

Physical Education


Introduction: Pupils begin Year 7 with a range of baseline assessment lessons before being placed into sets. From this point they will go through Key Stage 3 working on the following topics. During Key Stage 4 pupils may be offered the chance to select an activity from each of the topics (e.g. one activity from ‘outwitting opponents’).


Term 1 topics Term 2 topics Term 3 topics

Outwitting Opponents

(Football, Rugby League, Netball,   Badminton)


Identifying and solving problems



Exploring and communicating ideas



Outwitting Opponents

(Basketball, Badminton, Handball)



Performing  at maximal levels



Accurate replication of skills

(Dance, Gymnastics)


Exploring and communicating ideas

(ParKour, Gymnastics)

Outwitting Opponents

(Cricket, Softball, Rounders)


Performing at maximal levels



Parent and child home learning opportunities

  • Watching and evaluating live sports performances.
  • Joining a sports club (see your PE teacher for details of local sports clubs)


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