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Woodlands High School

Woodlands High School




Through musical experiences pupils can develop self-confidence, aesthetic awareness, physical co-ordination and the skills of communication and co-operation. Pupils can respond to music as individuals so that they may gain varying degrees of emotional, intellectual and spiritual satisfaction and expressive development.

Music is a valuable form of communication that transcends all cultures, abilities and generations.
Music is one of the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum and so there is a statutory obligation to deliver it to all KS3 year groups.

Aims and Objectives

To encourage every child to develop appropriate skills through which they can express ideas, thoughts, enjoyment and feelings through making, performing and listening to music. To develop an understanding of musical traditions and developments in both our own and others’ cultures. To develop an informed appreciation of the origins of different kinds of music.

To develop an understanding of the musical elements and structures and respond using an informed musical vocabulary.
To develop an informed constructive evaluation of own and others’ music.
Listen critically to a wide range of music regularly.



Pupils are given opportunities to participate in a wide range of musical activities which include regular listening, composing and performing activities. Pupils above KS3 will by actively involved in deciding which projects we will be undertaking.


Links with other areas

The music department has close links with the Welsh department in preparation for the school Saint David’s day celebrations. In addition to this, many simple Welsh songs are used as singing lesson warm-ups.

Music & drama – school Christmas pantomime.
Music & Welsh – Saint David’s day activities and celebrations.
Music & R.E – school Christingle service, Easter service and Harvest festival.
Music & English, D.T, Art, Food technology work together each year for the Key Skills day.
Music & Science – sound work


Curriculum Organisation and Teaching Methods

There is one specialist music teacher in Woodlands who works alongside a Teaching assistant. KS3 pupils receive 1 hour a week of music. In addition to this, year 10, 11 and Post 16 groups have the option of continuing music lessons. Each year, classes cover six half termly topics – 18 compulsory topics throughout school. Every topic consists of a combination of performing, composing and listening work.

Pupils are provided with regular opportunity to work individually, in pairs, in small groups and as a whole class.

The music co-ordinator is responsible for identifying a need for resources and prioritising and purchasing/creating according to funding. The school is currently resourced with a wide range of teaching materials for the teaching of music including a variety of instruments, composing cards, big books, CD’s, videos, games, flashcards, CD Roms, an interactive whiteboard and recording equipment.

The teaching assistant is directed by the teacher each lesson to undertake tasks to support pupil’s individual learning needs.

Following a recap session, learning objectives are shared with pupils at the start of lessons. Existing knowledge is built upon during lessons using a range of teaching techniques. Towards the end of lessons, pupils are asked to evaluate their own performance and good work and behaviour is rewarded using the school reward system.

Pupils with more complex needs have the opportunity to participate in Therapeutic Interventions sessions with the music coordinator in the music or sensory room.


Equal opportunities

The school provides every pupil with the opportunity to enjoy the widest possible range of musical experiences.

Work is planned to appeal to, and accommodate all levels of ability and where it is possible for all children to achieve their full potential. Group work with the teacher or teaching assistant allows the class to work at a level suitable to their needs.

The subtle involvement of classroom assistance and special equipment may be required by pupils.



The role of the music co-ordinator includes:

regularly reviewing and updating resources
identifying INSET needs
keeping up to date with new initiatives and curriculum developments
assessment, recording and reporting.


Assessment, Recording and Reporting

Music assessments are made up of three main sections. Performing, to include instrumental and vocal contributions, Composing and Appraising. Pupils are assessed against a set of skills under each heading. Pupils are continually being assessed during classroom sessions through teacher observations and with the use of children’s own recording achievements. After the completion of work, pupils are also encouraged to assess their own work. Pupils are also assessed on their Well-being and Involvement.

Assessment opportunities are highlighted in the half termly curriculum planning. Assessment results are used to inform future planning. Reports of pupil’s performances in music are written for parents in summer reports and annual reviews.


Staff Development/INSET

The department complies with the county S3i process of self-evaluation which identifies strengths and challenges and feeds into the school improvement plan. This highlights any staff development/INSET requirements, which are attended as and when required. The department keeps abreast of the county and Welsh assembly documentation liaising with the county advisory service as and when required.


Communication and links with parents

Parents are regularly invited to concerts and assemblies where there are many musical contributions by pupils.
Parents are sent curriculum plans each term which informs them of the work to be covered each half term.
Parents are informed of pupil progress through school annual reviews, summer reports and parent evenings.


Links with other agencies/the wider community
Throughout the year, regular links are maintained with the unit in Glantaf school. Activities undertaken include joint contributions to Christmas concerts, Saint David’s day concerts, music and Welsh sessions. Every Christmas a small group from the school choir sing in the local Marks & Spencer in order to raise money for Barnado’s. Good links are now being formed between the music department and Restways Court Retirement Home in Danescourt. Hand chime groups and the small choir have performed in at their Christmas and Saint David’s day coffee mornings. In addition to this a group sing in Tesco and M&S to raise money for the school. The school choir and hand chime group perform in the South Wales Police music festival in the United Reformed church each year. In addition to this, they also perform in the Cardiff and Vale music service concert in the City Hall. The choir and hand chime groups also contribute to the school Christingle service every year, which is held in Saint David’s church in Ely.


General points

Specialist peripatetic music lessons are provided for drum kit and African drumming one day a week. In addition to this the school offers and encourages participation in the school choir and assembly performances. During the year pupils in the choir will participate in a number of concerts in and out of the school.


Health and Safety

The health and safety of all pupils is paramount when taking part in any activity. Risk assessments are carried out to ensure that any risks are addressed.

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