Hellesdon High School

Year ​7


  Topic(s) Key content to be learned Assessment

Autumn Term

Practical Topic

Ukulele and Guitar Skills

  • Independent instrument practice
  • Performance, self-evaluation and feedback
  • Playing basic chords
  • Practical guitar/ukulele skill development
  • Solo performances
  • Understanding TAB notation
  • Understanding chord diagrams
  • Working with others in ensembles



Assessment - Throughout the term: Playing 4 chords C, G, Am, F 

Tech Topic


Introduction to DAWs
  • Adding, deleting, extending, moving, repeating, trimming regions
  • History of DAW software
  • ICT skill development
  • Introduction to DAW software
  • Introduction to Using Macs (if available)
  • Mixing and balancing the stereo field
  • Popular song structure



An original loop-based composition created using a DAW.

Spring Term


Practical Topic


Piano skills


  • Basic stave notation – treble/bass
  • Independent instrument practice
  • Italian musical words (piano, forte)
  • Performance, self-evaluation and feedback
  • Playing in 2 parts / hands together
  • Practical piano skill development
  • Solo performances
  • Understanding melody and melody shape
  • Understanding rhythm and note values
  • Working with others in duets



A duet or solo performance of Lewis Capaldi  Someone You Loved on piano or keyboard.

Tech Topic


Virtual Band
  • Adjusting note pitch and duration
  • Adjusting tempo
  • Editing MIDI notes
  • ICT skill development
  • Concept of pulse, rhythm, BPM, tempo
  • Concept of virtual Instruments
  • Playing in time to a metronome
  • Recording keyboard notes
  • Using the piano roll



A recreation of a popular song using a DAW.

Summer Term


Practical Topic




  • Characterisation through singing
  • Character song / action song Cross curricular opportunities with Drama
  • Developing vocal skills
  • Each class to learn a song from a musical
  • Genre in musical theatre
  • Improving stage presence
  • Researching different types of musicals
  • Singing in harmony
  • Singing in parts, solo/duet
  • Understanding how music facilitates plot lines
  • Using your full vocal range - Head and Chest voice • What are the roles in a musical?



A class performance of chosen song from ‘Matilda’.

Tech Topic

Composing with Chords

  • Basic stave notation – treble/bass
  • Chords and chord progressions
  • Famous classical composers
  • ICT skill development
  • Inputting notes into a DAW
  • Rhythm and note values
  • Using technology and notation to create an original song
  • What is a chord



An original composition using a DAW.