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25/09/20

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/nJZQ77nVCF. We wish you all a safe and happy weekend! https://t.co/RVj86EepUl

23/09/20

Our after school PE Clubs are up and running on a Tuesday (Year 7) and Thursday (Year 8). They cost you nothing and are a great way for your son/daughter to make new friends as well as develop their sporting skills! Click here for further details https://t.co/jBth9Npw65 https://t.co/Qsv6KPRCBA

23/09/20

Parents and carers-please click here https://t.co/KcKCiQf5BZ to view a letter from Public Health England regarding symptoms. https://t.co/iLc0MspqqA

23/09/20

Our new Head of Music, Mrs Gardner, has been teaching our Year 8 students how to play the 12 bar blues in the Music Room today 🎶 If your child is interested in having private instrumental lessons whilst please email catherine.gardner.org.uk for details. https://t.co/6NSSpIRrZt

22/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Y7 students working on their shooting today at our 1st netball club! There will be lots of fun games, netball activities & matches so grab a friend and come along! Y7 clubs run on a Tuesday/Y8 on a Thursday. Check out the boards in PE or ask your SAM! https://t.co/Crk2t4R8gM

22/09/20

Thank you to everyone who has already supported the campaign by donating much needed hygiene items for refugees in need. Staff will be at the school gates every morning this week and next, ready to accept your donations.#Moriacamp https://t.co/yarMnpbDSJ

22/09/20

Year 7 Parents/Carers- please find a link to the Year 7 Information Evening presentation https://t.co/dOn2lJ2mOi. We hope you find it helpful! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. https://t.co/JNztvEMa6v

22/09/20

An update for our Year 10 and 11 students - please note that the East Surrey College Open Event, due to take place tomorrow, has unfortunately had to be cancelled. https://t.co/Q0Yck990Zu

22/09/20

Click here https://t.co/nMcf3Bg0Em to register your interest in our Virtual Open Event. We look forward to giving you an insight into what makes such a unique and special place to work and learn. https://t.co/uBYBl2rGvl

18/09/20

Please join us for our Virtual Open Event on Thursday 8 October and see what makes such a special place to work and learn. Register your interest here: https://t.co/nMcf3Bg0Em and we’ll let you know as soon as our Virtual Open Event goes live. https://t.co/MqbVXTl9kr

18/09/20

If you would like to join us in supporting the campaign by supplying much needed hygiene items to refugees in need, staff will be at the school gates every morning next week to accept your donations https://t.co/gLfDwX109I

18/09/20

Parents/carers - our weekly news bulletin has just been sent via ParentMail and can also be viewed on our website https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs. We wish the entire de Stafford community a fantastic weekend! https://t.co/MF1HBCODQx

17/09/20

Retweeted From GLF Schools’ Careers

It's National Teaching Assistant Day! A day to celebrate the wonderful, dedicated teaching assistants we have across the Trust - thank you for everything you do for our children. Want to join them? Click below for more details! https://t.co/lETfMzMUaH

14/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

How wonderful to be back with our students. Transition groups, Drawing and Talking and social skills all taking place as if we'd never been away.

14/09/20

📢Parents/Carers - please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/Hr2yFaJoJy. We will be sending these out every Friday afternoon via and they can also be found on our website here: https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs https://t.co/O600hYs6Fz

10/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

First theory lesson for Y9 Sports Studies! Students have been tasked with designing a brand new sport, focusing on rules and regulations ⚽️ 🎾 https://t.co/eWV7noiakj

09/09/20

Retweeted From East Surrey College

🎊 We're still OPEN for enrolments! Undecided on your options? We'd love to have you on a Full-time course! We're welcoming walk-in enrolments, so bring your quals and docs, and get your next steps sorted! ✅ Browse our Full-time courses for inspiration at https://t.co/Z62cY3JDzA https://t.co/q3KIFqu14T

08/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We are aware of the delays with Hewitts in delivering PE kit! If you are affected, please don’t panic! Just bring in other appropriate kit (plain black top, black shorts / trackies) until it arrives 🤸🏽‍♂️⛹🏽‍♂️🏓🎾⚽️🏀🏐🏉🥏🥎🥍🏑🥊🤾🏾‍♀️🧘🏼‍♀️🤽🏾‍♂️

07/09/20

We are aware that there is an issue with the Scopay website and some parents/carers have been unable to add funds to their son/daughter's account. Please be assured that ALL students will still be able to purchase food and drink whilst we wait for the issue to be resolved.

04/09/20

We are very excited to welcome all year groups back to school on Monday (on their week 1 timetable). A reminder of the timings: Years 7 - 9: 8:30am to 3:15pm Years 10 and 11: 8:50am (straight to period 1) to 3:35pm (SAM time at end of day). https://t.co/aJo3XhCV2r

Head of Department: Christine 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.