This has the potential to be an interesting thread. I find year 7 are more prepared to sing, more relaxed about performing in front of class, more prepared to take risks. Year 9 on the other hand are often the opposite and this is compounded by the realization that they will not have to take the subject next year and the belief that it is not important. I plan my scheme of work in order to meet the criteria that I have set for the attainment of year 9 students and all the units contribute to these learning goals. The goals and outcomes themselves are, for me, based on the need to demonstrate achievement at level 6,7 and possibly 8. I do have one or two year 7s who can achieve at this level, however I do not expect many to, while I would expect year 9 to be able to meet most of the criteria.