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22/04/18

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton

and are being represented in the London Marathon today! Best of luck Miss Flynn and Miss Greenland 🏃🏽‍♀️👟

17/04/18

Congratulations go to de Stafford student Max Callender on his winning entry in the Caterham Rotary Clubs annual essay writing competition, 'Prix de la Paix'. Thanks to Mr Geraint Jenkins of Caterham Rotary Club who presented Max with his certificate (pictured) https://t.co/9lhP0Rjkov

15/04/18

Looking forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow! Don’t forget we return to a Week 1 timetable.

29/03/18

To discover some of what we've been up to this half term, you can view our latest newsletter online now:- https://t.co/vcwKUGxlLG We'd like to wish all our followers a very Happy Easter! https://t.co/mOnCWXhIR0

28/03/18

We are looking forward to seeing our Year 10 parents and carers from 4:30pm today! https://t.co/R5qhjimH7d

27/03/18

Congratulations to SAM group 8KBa who earned the most achievement points this term. You too have been rewarded with a mufti-day tomorrow (Weds). https://t.co/Iao2i0OzCy

27/03/18

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Please join us on Wednesday 4-5.30pm for coffee and hot cross buns in aid of Autism Awareness week. This community event is for parents and families of children with ASD. This will be an opportunity to meet other families, share stories and look at study skills for students.

26/03/18

SAM Group 7RLR will have a Mufti Day on Wednesday (28th) for earning the most achievement points. Well done 7RLR! https://t.co/chZFN4pRTf

23/03/18

Retweeted From Jack Pepper

Great to lead a workshop with some fantastic students at today! We discussed and Franz Liszt, and went from monophony to polyphony via melody and accompaniment.... Thank you for having me!

22/03/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Thanks to for hosting the year 9B ⚽️ tournament. Well done to who finished 2nd!! Special mention to Zach Jennings for an absolute screamer against and well done to POMs Reece Weekes and Jack Perkins. A great team effort! https://t.co/gWuKqwLEOQ

22/03/18

The Year 11 Easter revision timetable is now available to view and download on our website:- https://t.co/v9c4TPe4az

22/03/18

A reminder that Year 9s only are invited to participate in a Mufti Day tomorrow(Friday) in exchange for a £1 donation to St Catherine's Hospice. The theme is 'Orange'.

21/03/18

We look forward to seeing our Year 7 parents/carers from 4:30pm today https://t.co/TFEgMGEdHV

20/03/18

It's the International Day of Happiness, a day to focus on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other.#InternationalDayofHappiness2018 https://t.co/GRw2nxc6ey

19/03/18

We are able to open as normal today. However, the car park and loop road have not been treated so please avoid driving on to the school site, if possible. Students should attend in normal school uniform but they may wear footwear appropriate for the icy conditions.

18/03/18

Clubs will hopefully continue as normal but we will assess conditions during the day and make a decision by lunchtime.

18/03/18

Light snow is forecast to fall for the rest of the evening in Caterham. We plan to open as normal in the morning but will update the website by 7am if a late start is necessary.

15/03/18

Retweeted From de Stafford School

Staff vs Students Dodgeball! Another fantastic fundraising effort from our Business Studies students for St Catherine's Hospice Five-O Project https://t.co/Ik78PKKDy8

15/03/18

Staff vs Students Dodgeball! Another fantastic fundraising effort from our Business Studies students for St Catherine's Hospice Five-O Project https://t.co/Ik78PKKDy8

15/03/18

Sadly, due to waterlogged pitches at The Beacon School the Year 8 football tournament has been cancelled today

Head of Department: Mrs C Waddell
email: christine.waddell@destafford.org.uk

KS3

All students in Year 7 and 8 study music two lessons per fortnight . Students will study a range of different musical styles, genres and cultures from the 1500s to the present day. Each unit of work is designed to cover the core skills needed in music; Performance, Composition and Listening and Appraising. Students gain confidence through regular in class performances and gain invaluable life skills through group work, independent learning and the study of different cultures. Below is a brief outline of the different units of work studied in each year group.

Year 7

Students start by studying the basic Elements of Music and how to apply them when composing and performing. We then look at how to play the piano from music notation with proper technique, followed by a study of how to create music without traditional instruments. Ukulele and guitar are covered with a context of traditional Folk Music and we finish the year looking at song writing using Folk and Rock styles. Students also have the opportunity to use Music Technology to compose.

Year 8

Students will build on their prior knowledge of Music in Year 8 by studying a range of different musical styles. We start by looking at Blues and the historical context behind this genre of music. Students will then look at the history of popular music through Rock and Roll and how music has changed over the years. Performance on Rock instruments will lead to a study of how music has developed throughout history, with a band project to incorporate different styles of music into a group performance. Students will end the year with an opportunity to become animation composers while looking at Film Music.

KS4

Exam board – Eduqas GCSE Music.

Students studying GCSE music follow the Edexcel specification. They will look at 3 key areas – Performing, Composing and Listening and Appraising.

Performing (30%)

As part of their coursework students will do two performances, one ensemble (group) and either another ensemble or a solo performance. Students will independently study their own instrument with help and advice from Mrs Waddell and their instrumental teachers.

Composing (30%)

Students will compose two pieces of music in different styles relating to the Areas of Study. One composition brief will be set by the exam board, with the second composition being free choice.

Listening and Appraising (40%)

Students study 2 different pieces of music across 4 Areas of Study. The focus of the exam will be identifying key features of a wide variety of genres, therefore exposure to a variety of styles of music will take place through performance and exam preparation. A variety of different question styles will be covered including music theory and notation, necessitating a study of how music is put together. This will include music theory. 

AOS1 – Musical Forms and Devices 

AOS2 – Music for Ensembles

AOS3 – Film Music 

AOS4 – Popular Music

Year 9

Students this year will study more modern styles of music. We start with an understanding of music notation and theory, alongside performance in an ensemble. As the year progresses, we look at Popular Music and performance skills on the instrument of their choice. Students will look at consolidating their performance skills with a final unit of work that enables students to write their own song in a band setting.

Year 10

In Year 10 students will study both set works, starting with Rainbow’s cover of ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’. We cover basic music theory and note reading as preparation for the exam. 
All students are expected to work on an instrument of their choice by choosing a piece of ensemble music to perform. Students are responsible for rehearsing and ensuring their piece is ready to perform. After Christmas, we start looking at the Composition element of the coursework. Students are required to write a piece of music in a style which relates to the Areas of Study. By the end of Year 10 all students should have nearly completed Composition 1, and be ready to record their two performances at the beginning of Year 11. 

Year 11

In Year 11 we continue from Year 10. We will cover the remaining areas of study.
In the first term, students are required to record performance coursework. They must find the piece they wish to perform, source the group and take responsibility for their rehearsal. During the first term, the set composition is started, and any changes needed to be made to composition 1 will be completed as well. Composition 2 involves the students working on another piece of music which is relating to a different style than the first, following the brief set by the exam board.
Once all set works are complete revision will take place and we will focus on the exam techniques required. Students do their mock exam in the December and following this we will revise all areas of study alongside completing and finishing coursework.

Progression Opportunities

Any kind of Music industry based career will look for Music as a GCSE. Music Technology, Composition, Music Production, and many more!