Music is an essential part of developing a confident, well-rounded and tenacious student at Padgate. While adhering to the national curriculum demands for development in listening skills, performance skills and composition skills, at Padgate we recognise that the most important thing in the music department is to develop sense of achievement and creative imagination as well as confidence in our students.
Embedded within our curriculum are opportunities for all students from all walks of life; learning and crafting an instrumental skill, performing at Christmas and regular events throughout the year for others, composing and being proud of a song or piece of music, leading others in groupwork activities, listening to and analysing music and developing musical understanding of new genres and composers.
We believe that our diverse Key Stage 3 curriculum leads pupils to be ready for BTEC Music at Key Stage 4, where students can explore new and exciting areas of music and be equipped with skills readying them for the world of work in the music industry.
Extra-curricular opportunities are a very important part of developing confident, well-rounded musicians. Opportunities outside of the classroom allow students to develop skills learnt in lessons. A variety of clubs and activities in the music department allow students to explore different areas of interest.
Currently on offer is a weekly keyboard club for students to attend and learn new skills on the keyboard, expanding on lesson content. Plans to develop a ukulele club and school choir (post COVID) in the summer term will allow students to feel a sense of belonging to a musical group and performing for others.
Students are also able to audition for the annual School Production (post COVID), where a range of jobs and activities will be available for all students with different skills.
Head of Music