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Year 7 Home Learning Policy

At The Fallibroome Academy we approach Key Stage 3 Music in a largely practical manner. Classroom lessons focus on building and developing a broad range of skills from listening, analysing and appraising to performance, communication and technology. As such compulsory homework is not set for students in Years 7, 8 or 9. Instead we provide students with a range of extension tasks and sources for independent study to allow their learning to continue outside of the classroom. Further information on this is available on the KS3 Music pages.

Alongside these tasks there is an extensive enrichment programme for all students, enabling them to enjoyably extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of Music whilst engaging with other students and specialist staff.

Students are encouraged to participate in at least one of the many extra-curricular activities we offer in the Music Department. The What's On Guide (PDF) enables students and parents to peruse the varied options. Year 7 students are encouraged to join The Sopranos which is a mixed choir for students in Years 7-9. The Sopranos sing a range of styles including a lot of popular music which is then performed with a live band at various school concerts and events. Other 'open' ensembles include the Samba band, Junior Strings, Steel Pans. For students who study instruments there are a number of further ensembles that may be of interest. Please do contact a member of Music staff for further information on these.

In Year 7 we focus on three specific areas of learning: Team working, reflective learning and creative thinking. Through our varied schemes of work we hope to positively extend and challenge students to guide them towards achieving their potential.

As many of our activities involve paired and group work we begin Year 7 with an emphasis on working effectively with others, whether that be in group rehearsals and performances. Reflective learning is developed by equipping students with the tools to effectively support, feedback and coach other students in the class as well as developing confidence in self-reflection.

Through the study of musical styles, techniques and composition, students are encouraged to think creatively and use musical concepts and devices to develop initial creative ideas.

If you have any queries please contact the class teacher or the DTL for this subject.

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Each year group rotates their topic so specific assessment dates will vary according to students' form group and timetable.

Assessment date Topics to be assessed
End of Autumn half term Introduction to Music Technology
End of Autumn half term Musical Futures:  Wimoweh
End of Spring half term Mystery Unsolved
End of Spring half term Musical Futures:  Stand By Me
End of Summer half term Backing Tracks 1
End of Summer half term This is Ground Bass

For each performance based scheme of work, students are able to access more complex instrumental music from their Music teacher. Instrumentalists are advised to practise adding an accompaniment to a melody or to explore improvisation based on the notes of a given melody.

Each scheme of work has a particular musical focus which can be explored further. For example, 'Musical Futures: Wimoweh' uses the stimulus of a song by a South African composer. This opens up the exploration of musical cultures and stylistic features.

Actively listening to a wide range of musical genres and styles is an excellent way for students to extend their musical awareness and appreciation.

Click on the links below to access revision material.



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