"Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual's identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils' competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.' - Music National Curriculum Keystage 3
Year 7 and 8 students are all required to do Performing Arts at Sanders School. They learn how to integrate the skills and the techniques from all three subjects (Dance, Drama and Music) into one successful performance piece each term. During the learning process, students are given feedback from their teachers as well as their peers and are expected to reflect on and evaluate their own work. Students are also marked and given levels for Creating, Performing and Evaluating.
In year 9, they then have 1 hour of music per week as a separate subject. Students explore different genres of music through music theory and practical. The students start with a Keyboard Module where they gain performance skills through playing different pieces of music that are differentiated to suit their individual needs and abilities. We also learn about the importance of music in media such as Film and TV and the impact it has in our society. Students will learn to compose their own music and work in a group or individually to present a performance. During the learning process, students are given feedback from both their teachers and peers and encouraged to reflect on their performances and set targets for further improvements.
Key Stage 4
Students have the option to choose Music as a GCSE subject. We follow the AQA syllabus and have 5 hours a fortnight for Year 10 and 6 hours a fortnight for Year 11.
Extra Curricular Activities
We run the following extra-curricular clubs, please click here to go to the extra-curricular activities page to find out more.
Guitar, Piano, Drums, Woodwind, Brass, Voice and Violin - All staff are from Havering Music School except the vocal teacher. Students have a 20 minute lesson per week during school time.