St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School


Intent Statement

Learning to play a musical instrument and playing in an ensemble is very demanding. Each student at St Ambrose Barlow will learn to read music notation, develop eye-hand-mind coordination, develop keen listening skills, develop team skills for playing in an ensemble and develop discipline to practice. All those learning experiences, and more, play a role in enhancing the students' cognitive capacities, executive functions, motivation to learn in school, and self-efficacy. The students will study Music from around the world, building their knowledge and developing empathy and understanding of other cultures. Students will also have the opportunity to work with professionals in the industry developing key skills and aspirations for further study.

Music Department Staff

Mr K Farrier (Subject Leader)

Key Stage 3

In KS3, we aim to present pupils with the building blocks of music to enable them to develop their performance, composition and listening skills further. We cover a range of topics building skills in Pitch and Rhythm through World Music, Keyboard Skills and Popular Music.

Schemes of work include:

• African Drumming
• Music for Stage and Screen
• Gamelan
• Rap
• Keyboard

Music is a practical subject and so lessons are practically based. We believe that musical concepts and theory should be introduced through practical application. Through the study of such a wide range of topics, we aim to engage all students regardless of their background or musical taste.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Maps

Music Year 7
Music Year 8
Music Year 9

Key Stage 3 Knowledge Organisers



Music- Recovery Curriculum

Under normal circumstances The Music curriculum would be completed as detailed in the Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps. Due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic a modified curriculum is being delivered which specifies what students learn in school and remotely. The department examined the Scheme of work and decided which elements of the course were essential and would still give the students the required knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course. The recovery curriculum maps are available below.

We offer the students to study BTEC First Music Award or Edexcel GCSE Music, will allow all students to develop the skills learnt at KS3 whilst applying the work to the Music Industry.

Recovery Curriculum Maps

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps

Music Year 11

Key Stage 4 Knowledge Organisers


Useful Links


We run a number of extra-curricular clubs including

• Choir
• Keyboard Club
• Guitar Club
• Musical Theatre Club
• Modulo (Orchestras for All)


Salford Music Service offer peripatetic lessons in school. Please contact Mr Farrier or MAPAS for further information.

If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Farrier