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Breda Academy, Belfast
Read and Write is available for pupils to download for free at home and on school computers. Pupils can download the software onto any device.   FREE Read & Write Software Now Available for Breda Academy Students   All Breda Academy pupils are now registered to download and use TextHelp’s ‘Read & Write’ software at home for FREE.   Read & Write is a toolbar available for all pupils to download for FREE at home and to also use on school computers. The toolbar has a number of excellent features to guide pupils’ work, such as: dictionaries and picture dictionaries; text to speech generators; spelling, punctuation and grammar checkers; research highlighters; and a range of other useful features that can be used to form a personalised toolbar that suits your child’s learning needs. This software makes extended pieces of writing more accurate, and makes researching more efficient; this is particularly valuable for pupils studying for GCSE and A Level examinations.   Read & Write can be downloaded on to laptops, PCs and tablets, and on to Windows, Android, iPads, Macs and Chrome Book devices.   Please follow the instructions below to install this FREE software on to your devices:   Using the device you want to download the software on to, open up the webpage Click ‘Try Now’ Select your platform (Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS etc.) and click install You’ll be directed to the easiest and fastest way to install; follow the instructions The first time the programme runs, you’ll be asked to log in with your email address. Choose ‘Microsoft Account’ and key in your child’s school email address (using the ending Enter your child’s C2K password, and you should be good to go!   Once the software is downloaded, there will be automatic updates when the device is connected to the internet, so you should always have the latest version of Read and Write.   If you are having difficulties downloading the software, or have questions about how to use Read & Write, please go to There are also several YouTube tutorials about how to use the various features of Read & Write
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Subject Overview:

Music is a creative subject and at Breda Academy students are given the opportunity to listen to, perform and compose a wide variety of different styles of Music.  Students learn to perform on percussion, guitar, ukulele and keyboard, as well as participating in class singing.  Music Technology also plays an important role in the department.   Students are taught to create music using software programmes such as Sibelius and GarageBand.

The aim of the Music Department is to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to enjoy Music and perform on a regular basis in a positive and rewarding environment.  It is a vibrant department in which students are always encouraged to realise their full potential.

The Music Department has a team of highly qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic instrumental tutors who offer private tuition on a wide range of instruments including Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drum Kit, Woodwind, Brass and Strings.  Pupils can further develop skills on their chosen instrument by performing with one of our school ensembles.

Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study:

In year 8 students will study The Elements of Music, Rhythm and Pulse, The Orchestra and Melody Writing.  In year 9 students will study Texture, Mood, Medieval Music and African Music.  In year 10 students will study Blues Music, Pop Music, Film Music and Music Technology.

Key Stage 4 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 4, throughout years 11 and 12, students can choose to study GCSE Music, OCN in Creative Arts and Digital Technology and/or Occupational Studies in Technology and Innovation.

The programmes of study for GCSE Music include units on composition, performance and listening and appraising.  The OCN course in Creative Arts and Digital requires students to complete units on performance, song writing skills, music technology and composition.  The Programmes of Study for the Occupational Studies in Technology and Innovation include units on Digital Music and Sound Production.

Key Stage 5 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 5 students can study OCN Creative Arts and Digital Technology.  The programmes of study for this course include units on composition, song writing skills, multi-track recording, sound checking an ensemble, event organisation, teamwork skills, presentation skills, moving image arts and problem solving skills.


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