Sixth Form
Head's Welcome
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Sandbach School specialises in educating boys.  Every aspect of school life is geared to create the right environment for boys to thrive. Statistically evidence from the UK and around the world demonstrates that boys achieve higher results and make better progress in single sex schools.  We make no apology for focusing upon academic achievement and setting aspirational targets for our young men.  But we balance this with a co-curricular programme of out of class activities which teaches our boys the need for hard work and effort before tasting success.  Results academically are impressive: last year 84% achieved a C or above in Maths, 78% an English qualification and 72% gained 5A*-C grades including English and Maths.  All students left with qualifications which supported their chosen pathway – many returning to our Sixth Form but others gaining prestigious apprenticeships.

In other areas our boys have also excelled.  Our aim is always to support them whatever their talent and passion and so the range of opportunity is truly expansive.  We have had elite runners taking part by invitation in the London Mini Marathon. Students who have successfully made the national finals in table tennis and cross country. We are U16 county hockey champions and U14 runners-up. U13 Cheshire football champions  and Cheshire County finalists in two other age groups. One of our students made the final of the percussion BBC Young Musician of the Year with another winning the best instrumental soloist at the National Youth Brass Band Championships. These are just a few of the successes from last year!

I hope that the website gives you a flavour of our ethos and values. If you would like to know more we warmly welcome you to visit us.

Mrs Sarah Burns

 

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Music

Transition and Induction Phase (Year 7 & 8) 

Program of study

Students receive 1 lesson of music per week. At Key Stage 3 we believe that students should experience a range of musical styles and genres through practical music making. The Music Department houses many sets of musical instruments which are used in the classroom. Performing, composing and listening & appraisal skills form the basis for tasks set.

 

Assessment & Homework

Students are encouraged though a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies. The department mark practical activities and listening tasks using the schools LEGO policy.

Homework is minimal at KS3, set once per half term. The majority of our tasks are practical based and take part in the classroom.

 

Year 7

Half Term

Curriculum content

Autumn 1

Students will take a baseline assessment and be introduced to the musical elements through performance, composition and listening activities.  

Autumn 2

All boys in Year 7 will perform at the Christmas concert and will take part in a scheme to develop their vocal skills. 

Spring 1

The elements of music will be explored in more detail, introducing composition activities covering Rhythm & Melody, Harmony & Chords and Graphic Scores

Spring 2

Instruments of the Orchestra – there will be an opportunity to hear an orchestra live. All students will learn about the instruments traditionally used.  

Summer 1

World Music; students study a series of short schemes focussed on music from around the world. This half term, India and China will be focussed upon

Summer 2

World Music; Tango music will be explored through performance and composition tasks

At some point in the Year (on rotation)

All Year 7 students will take part in a 10 week ‘learn an instrument in class’ project, learning either a Brass, Woodwind or Percussion instrument.

 

Year 8

Half Term

Curriculum content

Autumn 1

Samba; students will explore the music of Brazil through a practical whole-class Samba band.

Autumn 2

Students will continue to develop their understanding of world music through a study of the Blues. This cross-curricular project links to their History learning in Year 8.

Spring 1

Music of the Caribbean; students will look at Reggae and Calypso, understanding their roots and performing in these styles.

Spring 2

History of Popular Music; students learn about pop music 1950-present day, performing a different piece each lesson as we move through the decades.

Summer 1

Music Technology; students will learn to remix using our specialist computer software.

Summer 2

Film Music; students combine their composition skills with their music technology skills to produce music to match film clips in a variety of different genres.

 

GCSE Music information can be found HERE.

BTEC Music Technology information can be found HERE.

A Level Music information can be found HERE. 

Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology (Production) - Level 3 information can be found HERE.