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16/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

A well fought double header for the Y10 ⚽️ team vs , the league fixture finished 3-3, with The Beacon taking the cup result in extra-time. Well done to Joe Vincent-Ryan who scored a well taken hat-trick, and MOM Zac Jennings, who made some brilliant saves

12/10/18

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🔬

Great afternoon working with the fantastic science department . Lots of new ideas to implement

11/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Thank you for hosting the All Schools Rugby Festival. We took 30 students, boys and girls, and they had a blast! Lots of fun and some good wins along the way 🏉

11/10/18

Our Year 10 Information Evening starts at 6pm in the Jenkins Centre. It's a great opportunity to meet the new SAMs and ask any questions you might have about the year ahead. We look forward to welcoming you!

10/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

As well as after school clubs there are many opportunities to extend learning & have fun during the school day! Every break time in the sports hall there are different activities on offer including Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball, Handball, Football and Yoga!⚽️⛹🏻‍♀️🧘🏽‍♂️🏸

10/10/18

We look forward to welcoming our Year 8 parents/carers to the Information Evening at 6pm in the Main Hall

08/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Fantastic 25-25 draw between the Y8 rugby team and great to see students developing their rugby skills 🏉 https://t.co/QIts9nTe6N

05/10/18

Safe crossing point much needed on Burntwood Lane. https://t.co/hIHuGwFVTQ

05/10/18

Lovely to show so many prospective parents and students around our school this afternoon . https://t.co/bY7tDex0eM

04/10/18

We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed it . Thank you for attending.

03/10/18

We look forward to welcoming our Year 7 parents/carers to the Information Evening at 6pm in the Main Hall

01/10/18

Retweeted From Julia Church

Ex- students, Caitlin Etheridge and Alice Forde, attended a meeting of recently to speak about the activities they took part in at a residential Rotary seminar, as recipients of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Visit https://t.co/ZRRRNlBvLh https://t.co/Kh8BKKrWVl

29/09/18

It was a pleasure to welcome you all. https://t.co/knXdpL9YN4

28/09/18

Congratulations to Katie Conway, another de Stafford student to successfully compete the 16 before 16 reading challenge. Headteacher, Jeremy Garner met with Katie to present her prize and certificate earlier this week (pictured)#celebratingsuccess https://t.co/ymbyZhmQtA

28/09/18

Can you spot Mr Garner who joined over 1000 Headteachers in London today to campaign for increased funding in schools. https://t.co/V32rb9ZrGW

28/09/18

Thank you to everyone who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning yesterday. It was fantastic to see so many members of our local community as well as parents/carers. Look out for a full write up and pictures in our next newsletter! https://t.co/T2E8ZWJCiY

28/09/18

Wishing our Year 7 students and accompanying staff a fun walk and team building session today!#FridayFeeling

28/09/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

Delighted to celebrate our official relaunch of following a £1.2million refurbishment. A special thank you to British Junior Trampoline champion, LouiseBrownsey for your time and inspiration. https://t.co/ASKFo0ONHO

28/09/18

Retweeted From Duncan Wood-Allum #FBPE

Lovely to see my old centre which my brilliant team set up in the mid 1990’s have £1.2 million fit out 25 years on. Complete transformation with and with a little help from Congratulations to all involved. https://t.co/0oQtj6vaXq

27/09/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

⁦A fantastic evening at the launch of the ⁦⁩ It was great to see ⁦⁩ students enjoy the opportunity to get some top tips from Louise Brownsey a current GB Trampoline Champion! 🥇 🥇 🥇 https://t.co/qVaZMYL30f

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!