Weobley High – Music

IMG_3502Welcome to Weobley High School’s Music Department. We are an extremely busy and committed team who encourage all our musicians to develop their talents by giving them many opportunities to showcase and celebrate their successes.We make a substantial contribution to the life of the school as well as our local community.

All pupils study Music in Years 7, 8 and 9 and follow a course which is based on national curriculum requirements which ensures progression across Key Stage 3.

Schemes of work are broad and varied, combining traditional and modern approaches to music making.

Throughout Key stage 3 all pupils assessment results/progress/skills are recorded in pupils’ individual files which are kept in the classroom.

Pupils in Year 10 may opt for BTEC First Award in Music or Edexcel GCSE Music receiving 2 one hour lessons per week.

All course work is marked according to the marking criteria in line with the specification.

 Resources

The Department has two Music teachers, augmented by six visiting peripatetic teachers who visit the school each week to provide tuition for instrumentalists and singers. These lessons take place either during school hours, on a rota basis, or at lunch times.

Music resources are modern and up to date. Our infrastructure provides an excellent learning environment, with a classroom set up with keyboards for performance tasks, practice rooms and ICT facilities.

Extra -Curricular Activities

Music is a thriving and important part of school life and we aspire for high standards of music
making.

The school has a large choir and soloists who have the opportunity to perform in Presentation Evenings, Carol Services as well as Concerts.

There is a major musical production every other year which is always a great success. Recent musicals have included: ‘Scrooge’, ‘The Boyfriend’, ‘The Sound Of Music’, ‘The King And I’, ‘Grease’, ‘Annie’ , ‘We Will Rock You’ and :The Wiz’.

 Marking and Assessment

The assessment sections of the schemes of work will indicate the musical focus and the skills, knowledge and understanding which need to be demonstrated in a particular unit of work.

Practical work is marked and assessed as individual pupils attain the levels linked to clear criteria within each unit.

Oral feedback from pupil to teacher, teacher to pupil and pupil to pupil forms part of the dialogue that relates directly to learning objectives and outcomes.

In music lessons the oral feedback (Formative assessment) is constructive and informative and enables pupils to take the next steps in their learning.

Written feedback (Summative and Formative Assessment) is given at the end of each unit of work so pupils are able to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of their work and identify ways in which they can improve.

Pupils’ work should be praised as much as possible and merits awarded as appropriate.