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Exemplification Of Standards in KS3

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

I have used this in school before in order to provide a stimulus for discussion over the National Curriculum Levels. It features video, photo’s of work, written work, sound files etc etc. I think one of the main things it does do, through discussion, is get everyone in your department on the same wavelength with assessment.

It is not without it’s limitations – part of a wider assessment debate that has been rumbling on within Music Education perhaps since the dawn of time – but an interesting discussion point nonetheless

http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/key-stages-3-and-4/assessment/exemplification/index.aspx

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Assessment Booklets

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

The joy of assessment in high school’s – eh?

Well far be it from me to know the definitive answer – however, I’ve had a number of stabs in the metaphoric dark over the years at trying to satisfy many masters. Ofsted want to see progress, Senior Leadership want a subdivided level for each pupil to show Ofsted the progress, Parents aren’t entirely sure what a Level 5 is – but it sounds okay and Pupils like what they’ve created and think it’s awesome so don’t understand why it’s only a Level 4. Truth is I never use statements such as is a Level 4. Thanks to my brilliant PGCE course I learnt that a piece of music isn’t a level 4 it’s a piece of music.

However an assessment policy we all must have and assessment has to be done in some shape way or form so I put together the following – It’s the level descriptors crudely broken into performing, composing and appraising. It doesn’t necessarily offer a clear progression route but it seems to work well in the kids. Plus it proves some useful conversation stimulus without being over demanding in the classroom. It also helps give a best fit and having something to use to record your thoughts when you listen to pupils perform etc to help inform summatative decisions when they need to be given. I also use it at Parents Evenings.

It’s a series of separate sheets that form an A5 booklet. On the front cover I usually put Level of Learning / Helping You To Help Yourself…

Composing

Performing

Appraising

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Stomp Scheme

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Here is a scheme based on ‘Stomp’.

It features one of my favourite things to do which is only to focus on Exceptional Performance and Level 8 Level Descriptors. Towards the end of the project we talk in terms of showing a little bit of exceptional performance. It’s proved to be really good way of boosting the self esteem of pupils and they always leave on a high feeling they can no begin to look at those level descriptors feeling they can do it.

In terms of the scheme, again, I think it has it’s strengths mainly as it’s really creative, you can leave the kids to generate ideas and sounds themselves and IT’S FUN!

Stomp 2010

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Blues Music Scheme

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Here is a 7 week Blues Scheme I developed a year or so ago from a project I first encountered on my PGCE three years ago. It has it’s positives. I’m looking into unlocking a lot more creativity with the redraft for next year.

Year 8 Blues Music 2010

Blues Music Project Card

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The role that AfL can play in KS3 Music Education

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Article by Martin Fautley I have today read via www.teachingmusic.org.uk

I like this article a lot and have used this when speaking to colleagues in school about assessment in music as a brief but clear back-up to the points I make when discussing assessment in my music department.

www.teachingmusic.org.uk/story.aspx?lngStoryID=14674

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KS3 music: a professional development programme

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

A web based version of the Secondary National Strategy publication KS3 Music: a professional development programme.

I’ve found it really useful and still refer back to it constantly!

www3.hants.gov.uk/music

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Categories: CPD, Key Stage 3 Music