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02/07/22

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02/07/22

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02/07/22

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02/07/22

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A huge congratulations to each and every one of our Chartered Status graduates today! 🎓 🎉 Find out more about becoming Chartered, and the path that's right for you: https://t.co/Ay6h9dH3Mw https://t.co/BcqCIasTmX

02/07/22

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01/07/22

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Yr 7 Cricket team are through to the District Cup Final. After posting 176-4 they bowled KWS out for 101 from 19.4 overs. The final takes place on Wednesday 🏏 https://t.co/ykPh0JJLzP

01/07/22

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The judging is over and the winners of Mrs Dholakia’s “Create Your Form Tutor” competition are … 7H, 9A and 10R! Ms Robins and Mr Newbery were very impressed with all the entries. Prizes coming soon! https://t.co/538EJ3ysxA

01/07/22

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Year 12 Geographers are investigating river processes at Batford Springs today. https://t.co/c8akOCBhSO

01/07/22

Year 9 engaging with a powerful performance of Chelsea’s Story this morning as part of their Life Skills education. An important part of our work to deliver the C for Care in our ACE https://t.co/ge3FUIxO8n

01/07/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn31xJk https://t.co/zOPGNR5H8B

30/06/22

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Our display is up! What will you read this summer? 🌻📚 https://t.co/T6iGcQXdbG

30/06/22

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We learnt about garlic scapes today and how we can eat the flowering stem. Then we got busy watering, weeding as well as transplanting herb seedlings for food technology to use in September. https://t.co/0RAwQPPJJh

30/06/22

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Yr7 Cricket District Cup semi final v tomorrow Friday 1st July 2pm start.

30/06/22

Lost property: lost property is currently on display in the school canteen. Any lost property unclaimed before end of term will be donated/disposed of. Please ensure student property is *named* so it can be returned to its rightful owner. https://t.co/8VqItAEbwK

30/06/22

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30/06/22

Lilac Class producing some spectacular prints in their art lesson this morning. The children once again so well behaved and thoroughly enjoying their sessions. https://t.co/b5D3EPMboS

30/06/22

Great to be working with yr3 students in Technology again this week. Mr James demonstrating the 3D Printers. https://t.co/NTIN6ZDHRp

30/06/22

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It was a lovely to see so many people tonight at the launch! EduLink email with the presentation & application form to be sent out ASAP. Please bring completed forms to reception. https://t.co/cmi6DCX8Vm

29/06/22

It was great to see so many Yr9 students and parents at the DofE launch evening tonight. Personal Development is a key part of the SJL ACE. https://t.co/eycCz487QS

29/06/22

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They really enjoyed establishing where the best place on the school site would be to put a new bench, based on the microclimate and the environmental quality of each site. Looking forward to seeing their results next week! https://t.co/aLnqKdOjPi

29/06/22

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Yr8 cricket team lost an exciting game against St George’s in the district cup. We have the makings of a really good team who will challenge for a trophy next year.

29/06/22

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Yr7 cricket team reach district semi final by beating Sandringham in a close game. Capt Benji leading the way with his first 50 for SJL ending not out 60. KWS await on Friday in what should be an exciting game. https://t.co/fOdmQiUls2

29/06/22

Yr 7 taking part in a Microclimate Investigation as part of their Yr7 Geography lessons https://t.co/TuEYsrZizO

28/06/22

Delighted to welcome parents to our Year 6 Induction evening. Mr Newbery and the pastoral team address them from the stage about the ACE and the many opportunities open to our new students! https://t.co/vtJX4ZOhDt

28/06/22

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28/06/22

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Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been hard at work this lunchtime, examining evidence and attempting to solve our 'One of SJL is Lying' murder mystery. It's inspired by our most popular book this year - One of Us is Lying by 🕵️🔎 https://t.co/um1ojNLYDO

28/06/22

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We are extremely pleased to tell you that SJL are launching the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award to students in Year 9 for completion in Year 10. Come along to our Parents' Information evening Wednesday 29 June, 6pm to find out more https://t.co/ZVMRhpsU9u https://t.co/k1iFg6FBAU

28/06/22

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Our Parliamentary Action Day last week was very successful and empowering to our incredible Campaign Champions. Thank you for your time, the in-depth discussion and the support you continue to show. https://t.co/23YqUbNm7E

28/06/22

Year 6 parents an email is coming out this afternoon, via Operoo, containing important information for tonight’s Parents’ Induction Evening and also including Form Group allocations for September. Please check spam folders. https://t.co/MvK1pLnVNN

28/06/22

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28/06/22

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28/06/22

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27/06/22

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Yr7 & Yr8 cricket tomorrow. Games are ON. Yr7 home v Sandringham 2pm. Yr8 away v St George’s 2pm start.

27/06/22

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27/06/22

Thought for the Week: the power of our words. Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there." Joel Osteen https://t.co/SLS1K8X5Rr

25/06/22

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Thanks to all who came to our 300th Anniversary Concert . Delighted that and joined us. Big thanks to pupils from local schools for your amazing performances! https://t.co/KTNXUGdltQ

24/06/22

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The big houseplant takeover continued this week with Year 9 students learning how to divide, take cuttings and repot plants. We had expert help from our houseplant champion, Josie Lloyd, also in Year 9. https://t.co/hxU5Vd5Bq2

24/06/22

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24/06/22

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23/06/22

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Congratulations to SJL yr7&8 choir and all involved in the James Marshall Foundation 300th Anniversary celebration concert! https://t.co/BcSmYWXY23

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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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