Curriculum Intent

The Music curriculum at Walton-le-Dale High School aims to

develop the musical ability of all students through a wide range

of performance and composition activities. Students are exposed

to a wide range of music from various cultures. All students are given the opportunity to apply through Lancashire Music Service to learn a musical instrument with our team of specialist peripatetic teachers providing Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Percussion, Keyboard and Vocal Tuition. The curriculum aims to develop student confidence and social skills through performance and develop individuality through composition activities.



Programmes of Study

Throughout the year students study a range of topics where they can develop and refine their skills as musicians:

½ Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9



Introduction to Music

"Don’t Stop The Music”

Skills Refresher

“Do You Remember"

Musical Futures


“Anyone Can Play Guitar”

Instrumental Skills


Performing Skills

"Last Christmas”

Performing Skills


"All Together Now”

Introduction to Ensemble

"This is not a Song”


"Your Song”

Writing Music


“I Guess That’s Why They Call it The Blues”

Blues Music

“Pop Life”

Rock and Pop Music

We’re all in this Together”

Music for Ensemble


"Writings on the Wall”

Introduction to Composition


Responding to a Stimulus

"The Final Countdown”

The Last Performance



Go Create

"That’s Entertainment”


"The End”

The Music Challenge and KS4 Prep



Marking and Assessment

Students are continually assessed lesson by lesson on their progress according to the Music Progress Ladder.  This may be given in the form of verbal feedback, peer and self-assessments or a more formal written assessment by the teacher at the end of each half term.


There are no examinations in KS3 Music.

Staff Details

Mrs Murray – Teacher of Music


Careers and Progression

This course provides a foundation for KS4 study of performing arts and GCSE Music, specifically for those choosing the music option.

There are level 2 and level 3 courses to study music available in further education on both an A Level or Vocational route, looking at both performing and producing music.

As a Music student, you will develop a range of skills that will stand you in good stead for music-related careers, but that are also transferable to a very wide range of jobs.




Progress Ladder - Music