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Programme of study

At Key Stage 3 students work on a variety of musical topics aimed at developing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of music through the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appraising.

Students explore different styles of music from many different times and cultures, working individually, in pairs and as part of larger groups. They learn the importance of communication skills in their ensemble work and are made aware of different roles and contributions that can be made in order to create effective group work.

Students perform and compose using keyboards, percussion instruments and voices, and record their work onto computer. Computer technology now plays a major role in music and so the students are encouraged to use their IT skills at every opportunity.

The topics studied by students at Key Stage 3 fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. Students keep a personal record of their progress and are made aware of the criteria that has to be met in order to develop their skills further.

The school is able to offer extra-curricular instrumental tuition as well as the opportunity to develop skills learnt in the classroom in regular after-school music clubs. The music department offers pupils the opportunity to work on extended projects across the Arts Faculty, with Art and Drama.


  • Encourage your child to listen to a wide range of music at home.
  • Arrange trips to see and hear music being performed in live shows and concerts.
  • Talk about the music you encounter in every day life.
  • If your child plays an instrument, support them by encouraging regular practice and take the
    time to listen to them playing.
  • Encourage your child to use a range of resources to source material for homework.