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Brilliant to have our own police cadet unit on site! Our first intake of recruits are into week 12 of their training. Next intake in September!


Fantastic trip to China Town for a meal (and to practise our language skills!) and then to the British Museum!


Our Year 8 boys are south region Federation champions!


Official opening today! Very special event with superb speeches from our students in all three of the languages that they study!


Great excitement as we set off for this morning and an added bonus that we got to use the brand new !


What a show! our students had an amazing time!


Our students as language teachers! Thank you for welcoming us and for allowing us to share our knowledge and enjoyment of learning Spanish and Chinese with you!


Thank you to for a very informative session with our students on road safety awareness.


Our amazing students started their work with two weeks ago and we are already in the top 100 schools!


Ten Clapham Credits cashed in for ice-cream today!


Thank you for a spectacular show this week - thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students alike!


Huge congratulations to all our finalists and our first-ever winner of Clapham's Got Talent. You were all amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed admiring your skills and talents!


Great to see so many of our students taking up the offer of learning to play a musical instrument. Well done for modelling The Clapham Commitment and being both curious and tenacious!


Very enriching Globe Theatre visit and workshop for our students this week to support them in their study of The Merchant of Venice.


Speaker building and gnocchi making in design technology for Year 8 today!


Great to welcome to the Lambeth


Great to welcome to the Lambeth


Love this ‘micro-reading’ task from , so great for engaging students with different parts of Chinese characters. Can you find the missing parts on the right?


Love this ‘micro-reading’ task from , so great for engaging students with different parts of Chinese characters. Can you find the missing parts on the right?



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The music curriculum at Harris Academy Clapham is designed to offer a rich and diverse educational experience. Our primary goal is to nurture the growth of students as performers, composers, and appraisers through an engaging and varied course of study. 

Our approach is centred on creating an environment that is inclusive and fosters creativity and individuality, developing our students into well-rounded musicians. The music department embraces the Academy’s culture of high expectations, aiming to challenge, support and inspire students, regardless of their prior musical experience. 

Key Stage 3 classes receive one eighty-minute lesson each fortnight which is always centred around practical work. The department is built on the philosophy that developing a love for music, alongside meaningful musical learning and progress, is realised through the students experimenting and being creative with instruments and technology. 

Foundational skills are developed in Year 7 that are essential in supporting students’ development throughout Key Stage 3 music lessons. The curriculum begins by bridging gaps in learning from primary school music, advancing and reinforcing students’ knowledge and understanding of rhythm and pitch notation. Rhythmic understanding is supported by use of the Kodaly method. 

The keyboard is introduced, and students continue to enhance their comprehension of rhythm and pitch notation whilst developing basic instrumental skills. Throughout Year 7, students are presented with musical elements which are key to furthering their technical understanding of music and developing their appraising skills. They are required to use these musical elements to make critical observations, not solely concerning the music they encounter but also with regard to their own musical practice, performance, and that of their peers. 

The Year 8 curriculum looks closely at various musical genres with a special emphasis on music that has been written for various band settings. It begins by presenting more in-depth context to chords and students learn to formulate major and minor chords through composing basic chord sequences. Students continue developing their harmonic understanding through the study of more complex chord types in relation to specific musical genres. 

Students are introduced to music technology, learning entry-level skills on Ableton, a digital audio workstation. By the end of the academic year, students will have experienced sequencing, recording, editing and quantising. This will support the learning they complete in Year 9 and directly links to the composing component of the GCSE Music specification. 

The Year 9 curriculum looks at further musical genres and styles through the lens of music technology. Students will develop more complex skills in relation to Ableton and complete tasks that require increasingly advanced instrumental and compositional skills. Students are given a preview of Bhangra and Film Music, both of which are included in the GCSE Music specification. The Key Stage 3 curriculum culminates in a term-long Song Writing project, effectively preparing students for the GCSE course. 

In Key Stage 4, students will follow the Eduqas GCSE Music course which comprises three components: Performing, Composing and Appraising. In the classroom, students will have two appraising lessons and two composition lessons every fortnight. Outside the classroom, students will receive weekly one-to-one lessons from a professional musician and instrumental teacher on an instrument of their choice. The Academy fully funds these lessons for all students who choose GCSE Music. 

Enrichment is an essential part of the music department at Harris Academy Clapham and a variety of activities run daily to support the personal development of our students. We believe that music is for everyone, regardless of ability or prior experience, and all our students will be welcomed into musical enrichment activities and support to express themselves in the way they want and participate in performances. 



Music Curriculum 18th Dec 2023 Download