The Music curriculum at The Archbishop's School is a skills-based curriculum with an underpinning knowledge and is designed to build on a number of key areas.

  1. Confidence
  2. Teamwork
  3. Composition
  4. Listening
  5. Performance
  6. Rhythm
  7. Technical Ability
  8. Singing

It also aims to enhance the opportunities of students by adding to their ‘cultural capital’ and embedding their knowledge from the study of other subjects through cross-curricular links. It does this by focusing on the music from around the world and the context of those genres.

The curriculum’s focus on high-quality performance skills is intended to help stretch and challenge the most able, as well as ensuring disadvantaged and SEN students have opportunities to explore creativity through effective scaffolding and focus on the teaching of key vocabulary and practical opportunities. The use of regular formative feedback verbally given to students allows them to focus on making progress and take responsibility for their own learning.


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Curriculum Implementation and Impact

Transferable Skills

Within Music, the focus is on the transferable skills that students are given through the curriculum and co-curricular experiences.

Teamwork - All students are expected to work within mixed groups that change regularly. Throughout the scheme of work, all students will work with all students in the group. This allows students to focus on the work and developing their skills rather than who they are with. 

Leadership - Within lessons, students should be given opportunities to develop leadership skills. Students should have space within the lesson to work independently and which allows natural leaders to emerge. Teachers will also challenge higher ability students by guiding them towards leading roles and larger parts allowing them to develop leadership skills.

Confidence - All students are expected to perform at least every other lesson. Regular access and encouragement to performance is designed to aid and develop students' confidence skills.

Communication - Students are expected to verbally feedback on each other's work after every performance. The use of tier 3 subject specific words and analytical oracy skills allows students to develop communication.


The Music department strives to provide a diverse opportunity to watch live performances in a variety of genres. Within KS3, it often focuses on West End performances and large-scale pantomimes to introduce students to the professional works.

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