Music at Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, music activities should enable learners to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 2. Music education enables learners to engage with and enjoy making music. Through active involvement in performing, composing and appraising, learners will develop their sensitivity to and understanding of music. Learners will develop musical skills relating to the control, manipulation and presentation of sound. At Key Stage 3, these skills include singing, playing instruments and practising; improvising, composing and arranging music; and listening to and appraising music with perception and attention to detail. Learners should improve their performing, composing and appraising by developing and applying their thinking, communication and ICT skills, and give due regard to health and safety.
Art and design at Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, learners build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 2. They achieve this through an increased ability to make connection between their creative investigations in the making of their own work and the work of other artist craft workers and designers. Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination by encouraging pupils to challenge assumptions, look at things in a new way, be receptive to new ideas and make informed judgements and practical decisions to communicate their ideas and feelings. They become increasingly independent in their choice of materials and processes, and from past experiences gain confidence in applying visual, tactile and sensory language. Exploration, appreciation and enjoyment in art and design enriches learners’ personal and public lives.
Physical education at Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, learners build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 2. Physical education encourages learners to build a platform of skills on which future activity choices can be made. Through their creative, adventurous and competitive activities they plan, practise and improve their performance so that they can enjoy being able to perform consistently well. As confidence grows, so does their ability to take part in activities that become technically more demanding. They learn the benefits of working with others to strengthen a team or partnership while outwitting others, planning a journey or practising for a performance. They understand that engaging in activity is beneficial to their health and fitness and take greater responsibility for their own well-being.
Physical education at Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, learners build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 3. Physical education fosters a growing sense of personal responsibility for a healthy and active lifestyle through developing activities that can be enjoyed and sustained in the school and the community. Learners may choose the area of experience they know they enjoy and select activities they want to develop. There are opportunities to work collaboratively and refine skills in the creative, adventurous or competitive activities of choice. There are opportunities to develop skills of leadership, make informed judgements and develop advanced technical skills. In physical education, a concentration on health, fitness and well-being activities includes devising a sustainable plan suited to personal needs and goals.