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27/05/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS Have a lovely half term break! https://t.co/QZHaMoCJXD

27/05/22

Term date reminder: half term Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June. To our students taking exams, remember to schedule in some breaks to your revision time. We look forward to seeing everyone back Monday 6 June for the final half term of the year. https://t.co/EBnoufzA50

26/05/22

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Love these - well done 👏👏👏

26/05/22

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It's amazing Can't wait to see it finished at https://t.co/ef9pS7f5W3

26/05/22

Fantastic work by all these students! https://t.co/7BlIjXu1uW

26/05/22

This half term look out for the Jubilee bunting which will be displayed as part of the celebrations Our thanks to our wonderful textiles students on their creations. https://t.co/Qe2skO322O

26/05/22

New Year 7 '22 cohort and current Year 7 and 8, reminder deadline for payment to secure iPads for the academic year 2022/2023 is Friday 3 June 2022 via ParentPay. https://t.co/QBunMJfEwm

26/05/22

Lawes Lowdown a round up of the events from this half term, produced by https://t.co/6y9xOgnhu3

26/05/22

Year 12 reminder: payment for the upcoming UCAS Convention trip is to be made by Monday 6 June 2022 https://t.co/TDY8no5XHc

26/05/22

The recording of our wonderful Jazz Night is now available to view on the school website https://t.co/32iBqLcR4x

26/05/22

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Today is National Thank a Teacher Day and SJL library would like to say thank you to all teachers, teacher assistants and support staff. If you would like to send a thank you to someone follow the link https://t.co/cjZOOPJFcV https://t.co/lSdI0Xmabk

26/05/22

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Massive thanks to the excellent hockey leaders from who officiated at the County primary schools hockey event today. https://t.co/T0YhYAP1hp

25/05/22

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Disappointingly tomorrow’s Yr10 cricket match against Beaumont has also had to be cancelled. We will now be playing RPS or SCC after half term.

25/05/22

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Looking forward to ? Check out our display for spooky reads that will take you to the Upside Down … https://t.co/drhjTKJaDj

25/05/22

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Thanks to Miss Smyth and , we now have copies of from available to read in the Library! Great for Film, Media Studies and English students 🥳 https://t.co/FblE8NTYEQ

25/05/22

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Some confusion about Yr10 cricket fixtures this week. Tomorrow’s game v Watford Boys is postponed until after half term. Sorry for the confusion!

24/05/22

2/2 Please also see Reception for any unclaimed jewellery. https://t.co/r7maXjhr2Y

24/05/22

1/2 Lost Property! We have an increasing number of glasses, pencil cases and keys in Lost Property. Owners should come to Reception to collect. Any unclaimed first week after half term will be donated/disposed of. https://t.co/vOhzVDOI0E

24/05/22

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Lettuce from the garden going into the canteen today. From plot to plate https://t.co/Ker2BaB8f0

23/05/22

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Whether GCSEs, A-Levels or university, exams can lead to a lot of anxiety for students - and the rest of the family, too. have created a list of tips for both students and parents/carers about managing exam stress. Check it out here: https://t.co/fol7lQJXJv https://t.co/KLsybp8e53

23/05/22

📢Support Vacancies 📢 Two highly sought after support vacancies currently available: Teaching Assistant full/part-time Reprographics Assistant part-time Join our friendly and professional support teams, apply now https://t.co/IzhoMPETY6 https://t.co/J8OJI7KHqL

23/05/22

🎸New lunch club 🎸 are excited to announce the introduction of SJL Guitar Group, for students in Years 7 - 9 For details of all the lunchtime co-curricular activities head to our website https://t.co/aBxfwKwsni https://t.co/eHJoWAAbQ1

23/05/22

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Best of luck to all the students out on work experience this week. It can be daunting at first to go out on work experience but it's amazing for your confidence, skills and CV and we hope you have a brilliant time. https://t.co/a6KRvFfeq2

23/05/22

Good luck to our Year 12 students who are out on work placements this week. The Year 12 team look forward to catching up with you and your employers during the course of the week

23/05/22

Thought for the Week: manners. Having manners means treating other people with courtesy and politeness, and showing correct public behaviour. https://t.co/Zb8khUXnni

22/05/22

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It's next week! Is there a teacher or support staff you want to personally thank? You can even do it anonymously if you're feeling shy 😊 Here's how to send a message: https://t.co/V6I2roHTkb

20/05/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/6mkorMErvi https://t.co/QSLWrvea0Y

19/05/22

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Farewell to these A level drama lovelies whose bright futures are inevitable#theatreinschools https://t.co/vwTmJkAA2Q

19/05/22

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Well done to year 11 Drama students for being in fine form this afternoon for their drama exam#dramainschools https://t.co/i1jDgn7JTP

19/05/22

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Thanks to the staff for their support of plant sale. We sold out! Every single plant was raised from seed and tended by the students. Well done everyone! https://t.co/xW5IoDMC3D

19/05/22

Year 13 “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” Gandhi https://t.co/qqD3cZxHWA

19/05/22

Year 13 your ceremony awaits https://t.co/lAK7WGfJZB

19/05/22

A few helpful hints from ahead of tomorrow's GCSE mathematics paper. https://t.co/PG20DDIClY

19/05/22

Beautiful! https://t.co/OVgc54WbbX

19/05/22

Year 13 Leavers' Ceremony today 2.30pm. Pleas arrive from 2.15pm Good luck Year 13 - behind you are your memories, before you are your dreams https://t.co/bfPcAndcOH

18/05/22

Congratulations to the entire team on their tremendous hardwork and dedication, entwining sustainability and sport https://t.co/ceLNwYbe9I

18/05/22

The Watford Football Club’s Premier League Enterprise Programme winners are all ready for the audience with Richard Masters, CEO Premier League and Nigel Huddleston MP Under Secretary of State for Sport https://t.co/90MkZmtnRC

18/05/22

This Wellbeing Wednesday we take a look at some more revisions tips. Remember the full public examination timetables can be found on the school website https://t.co/bx3Twd5hz4 https://t.co/tzDlgFWrPC

18/05/22

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Are you a parent/carer of a young person preparing for exams? For helpful advice about how to support teenagers during exam periods, our website can signpost you to the right support: https://t.co/fol7lQJXJv https://t.co/xC8YIjUlGp

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Music

About the Faculty

Music is at the heart of the SJL community and the faculty of highly-experienced subject specialists offers opportunities for everyone. The faculty is a centre of activity through teaching and learning at all levels and in all styles.

The SJL Music Faculty aims to make music fully inclusive, accessible and enjoyable to all pupils at all levels, both in and out of the classroom.  We aim to challenge existing musicians and nurture new talent.  Students learn a wide range of instruments and singing - some for pleasure and some as part of GCSE and A-level courses. We have a healthy uptake of students opting for Music at GCSE and A-level.  A wide variety of pupils take Music GCSE, including those who have learnt a musical instrument for many years and also those who get started in Year 10.

Our extra-curricular programme provides many opportunities for all types and abilities of musician, offering musical experiences which are highly inspiring and rewarding.

Awards and badges are given termly for contribution to excellence in Music leading to half and full colours in the Sixth Form.

Curriculum Intent Statement

The SJL Music KS3 Curriculum provides an engaging and varied programme of music making that nurtures learners to develop creativity through Performing, Composing and Appraising music. Students are encouraged to make choices in their learning and to set personal challenges that allow them to develop independence and musical skills for life through a variety of creative projects and learning styles. Social and emotional interpersonal skills are strengthened through collaborative learning, where students learn “from and with” each other, developing interpersonal skills and valuing the community aspect of musicianship in ensemble performance. 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Learning in Music is a largely practical activity and engages students at every level. Performance tasks are varied and include work on keyboards, ukuleles, voices and students' own instruments. Students use Seesaw to record their practical work and document their developing skills in performing, composing and appraising. Students use programmes such as Garageband and Sibelius on the Mac suite to compose and arrange music. Current topics studied in Years 7 and 8 include:  What is Music?; Christmas Song project; Exploring Garageband; Ukulele; Pop chords; Variations; Jazz and Blues; Music in the Media and Hamilton.

Students develop their ability to listen and respond to a range of musical stimuli. They improve coordination skills in practical work and learn to discern their own and others' work by reflecting on success criteria and by setting themselves realistic targets. By the end of Key Stage 3 students have an holistic approach to learning in Music and in an appreciation for a variety of styles and genres from cultures across the ages and the world. Many students continue learning beyond the classroom on a whole range of instruments and singing and learn through performing with others in many of the school ensembles.

KS3 curriculum map

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The skills developed in Key Stage 3 are essential for students to continue to develop as performers and composers at Key Stage 4. Our Year 9 Music Enrichment course is incredibly popular and gives students deep and engaging opportunities to develop and mature as musicians and to make the transition between Key Stage 3 and GCSE Music. The breadth of learning expands to encompass music from around the world but also incorporates music from students' own experience. The use of music technology, the internet, the music industry and instrumental specialists all create a rich tapestry of learning experiences and opportunities. Current topics studied include Rhythms of the World (including Indian Classical, Samba, Calypso & West African Drumming); Conventions of Pop; New Directions (including Expressionism, Serialism & Minimalism); Protest Music, and planning, managing and performing in their own music showcase evening.

This breadth and depth of performing, composing and listening prepares students for study at GCSE music where these skills are challenged and developed. We currently follow the OCR board which enables students to engage with and study a wide variety of musical styles, developing skills in performance, composition and musical analysis. There are three key elements to the course: Performing, Composing and Listening & Appraising.

Performance

This element of the course encourages students to develop creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, critical awareness, self-confidence, self-motivation and their own musical interests and skills, including the ability to make music individually and in groups. Performance is assessed by two performances recorded throughout the course:

  • 1 solo performance (15%)
  • 1 ensemble performance (15%)

Composition

The composition element of the course emphasises the creative aspect of music and allows students to appreciate the process of creating music. Students are encouraged to explore a range of compositional techniques for developing and manipulating ideas, based around the key areas of study. Composition is assessed by two pieces of music written by students: one in response to a brief, and one a free composition, under controlled conditions.

2 x compositions (15% each)

Examples of composition briefs are as follows:

  • Area of Study 2: The Concerto Through Time Choose one of the given stimuli and create an instrumental piece for one solo instrument and accompaniment. The accompaniment should be for either a minimum of two orchestral instruments or a keyboard. The composition should be suitable for a performance at a lunch time concert in a church.
  • Area of Study 3: Rhythms of the World Choose one of the given stimuli and create a composition based on one of the genres from this area of study. Your piece should be suitable to be performed as part of a celebration or a special occasion.
  • Area of Study 4: Film Music Create a descriptive composition that would be suitable for performance at a reception following the premiere of a new film.
  • Area of Study 5: Conventions of Pop Using either the Set of Words, or one of the Rhythmic Phrases, or the Chord Sequence, create a song in any style that would be suitable for performance in a school assembly.

Listening & Appraising

This aspect of the course develops students’ listening and appraising skills through four areas of study across a variety of styles and genres. Students explore the broader context of each area of study as well as looking at specific pieces. Students develop aural awareness and key listening skills, underpinned by an understanding of music theory.

The Listening & Appraising element of GCSE Music is examined by a one-and-a-half hour exam at the end of the GCSE course.

  • Area of Study 2: Learners study the Concerto and its development from 1650 to 1910 through: The Baroque Solo Concerto; The Baroque Concerto Grosso; The Classical Concerto; The Romantic Concerto
  • Area of Study 3: Rhythms of the World: Learners study the traditional rhythmic roots from four geographical regions of the world: India and the Punjab; Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East; Africa; Central and South America.
  • Area of Study 4: Learners study music that has been composed specially for a film; music from the Western Classical tradition that has been used within a film and music that has been composed as a soundtrack for a video game.
  • Area of Study 5: Learners study Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 1950s and 1960s; Rock Anthems of the 1970s and 1980s; Pop Ballads of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s  and Solo Artists from 1990 to the present day

Results at GCSE level are consistently above 80% A*-C. Students at Key Stage 4 share a large responsibility for the success of school ensembles and regularly perform in concerts and gigs both in the local community and further afield. They act, too, as mentors to younger students finding their way in the school's musical community.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Board: Eduqas (A660PA or A660PB)

In A Level music you will further your understanding of musical styles and develop your skills in Composition and Performance. The study of set works looks at music in its context and compares and contrasts the development of musical styles over time - from Western Classical Traditions to modern pop, including music from different countries and cultures around the world.

Creative and expressive, yet academic and analytical, A Level music will challenge you, inspire you, and hopefully make you think a little differently about music and its relationship to our world. It is an opportunity to embrace and express your creative passions but also critically evaluate a range of musical styles, developing your skills in literary analysis. As an A Level musician you may take on responsibilities within the musical community such as leading ensembles or running extra-curricular groups. A Level music places a great emphasis on independent learning, preparing you well for university life. It is highly regarded as an academic subject by Oxbridge and other top universities.

Students that have studied Music A Level go on to read a variety of subjects at degree level including Law, English, Economics, Maths, Psychology and Sciences.

Students studying A Level Music in Year 12 are taught in a combined class alongside our Year 13 A Level Music students.

Assessment

Unit 1: Performing Music

  • Perform either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble for a mini-recital lasting 6-8 or 10-12 minutes.
  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
  • 35% or 25% of the A Level course, depending on whether you choose Option A or B.

Unit 2: Composing

  • Compose 2 pieces of music lasting in total 4-6 or 8-10 minutes.
  • Externally assessed.
  • 35% or 25% of the A Level course, depending on whether you choose Option A or B.

Unit 3: Musical Appraising

  • This unit explores a range of musical styles and traditions. Students will develop skills in musical analysis through three key areas of study: “The Western Classical tradition”, “Musical Theatre” and “Into the Twentieth Century”.
  • The unit is assessed by a 2 hour 15 minute written paper.
  • Externally assessed.
  • 40% of the A Level course.

Course content

You will gain more experience of practical music making, including composition and both solo and group performance. You will also have the opportunity to study a wide range of music including The Western Classical tradition, Musical Theatre and music of the Twentieth Century.

Entry requirements

We would expect you to achieve a grade 6 or above in GCSE Music and be grade 5 level on your instrument or voice. We would consider students that haven’t studied GCSE Music if they have passed or are working towards Grade 5 Theory. If you have not taken GCSE Music but are interested in pursuing A Level Music please come and have a discussion with the Music Faculty. All students must have an APS of 4.5 or above.

Extended Curriculum

The faculty runs a busy annual concert programme including formal Christmas, Spring and Summer Concerts in local churches and the Harpenden Public Halls, informal showcase evenings, atmospheric Jazz evenings and many community events in collaboration with other schools, such as the Harpenden Schools Spring Festival. Our annual Scholar’s Trust concert is held in The Alban Arena. Many of our musicians are also often asked to perform at other local community and charity events.

Our extensive co-curricular timetable includes Junior, Senior and Chamber Choirs, Concert Band, Up and Coming Junior Band, Jazz Band, Junior Jazz Band, Senior and Junior String Ensembles, Junior and Senior Saxophone Ensembles and a Ukulele Group. The annual Music Tour is a highlight of the year with students travelling to various destinations around Europe to perform in concerts abroad. Recent destinations have included Spain (2019), Switzerland (2018) and Slovenia (2017).

 

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