At Archers Brook we offer opportunities for everyone to explore their creativity through listening, creating and performing using instruments and music technology whilst experiencing a wide range of musical styles.

The curriculum is sequential and a wide repertoire is carefully selected to engage students and build on prior experiences whilst raising awareness of different cultures.

Students have the opportunity to take part in instrumental tuition with professional musicians and join extra-curricular groups. Music concerts feature regularly as part of school life.



Music theory closely supports practical activity. Key words and notations are used to support effective musical learning.

Students are encouraged to sing and play instruments to improve aural skills and confidence.

Students create music through exposure to technology and use of ICT in Music.

Audio and video recordings are used to appraise work



Pupils make independent, informed and musical choices by using a rapidly widening repertoire to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.

The proportions of pupils from all groups continuing to follow curriculum music examination courses in Key Stages 4 are high.


Work to Complete at Home

KS2 - The Orchestra

Create a poster for each of the families of instruments you have been learning about in school - brass, strings, percussion and woodwind

Year 7 - Pitch Notation

Watch the video of Every Good Boy Deserves Football on Youtube

Play this game to practise reading notation

Year 8

Choose a song you like and write about it. Include information of the tempo, style, and mood of the music. Also, analyse the lyrics and tell me what the song is about. Write a short biography on the artist in your own words. 

Year 9

Choose a style of music from the 1950's onwards (eg. Rock and Roll, Punk Rock, Britpop) and write about how it came about, famous artists/songs and what the musical features of that genre were (eg. instruments used, mood of the music)

Year 10

Continue your Musical Knowledge unit for your RSL Award. Choose 2 styles of music and write about

  • The factors that influenced it’s inception
  • Significant artists/bands/producers
  • Important recordings/performances/events
  • Imagery and fashion associated with style

Most of you have already done 1 in school so don't do it again just choose another style


In Music we encourage everyone to explore their creativity through practical sessions. They learn to play musical instruments such as Guitar, Drums, Bass, Keyboard, Piano, Singing, Ukulele and more. We also encourage the use of technology to create and play Music in our brand new, purpose built recording studio.

Students are encouraged to play to their strengths and are self motivated to engage in projects to improve their confidence and understanding of the subject in a way that interests them.

Students have the opportunity to take part in instrumental tuition with specialist Guitar and Drum tutors and the school works closely with Edsential Music Service to provide lessons, workshops and opportunities for students.


The work is practical and students are allowed to choose which instruments and music they would like to play. They join together in small groups to form bands where they are encouraged to take leadership roles and ownership over their music making. They also work individually practising and refining their skills. Many students enjoy creating and manipulating music using the iPad or computer.


At KS4 students can continue on their musical journey by taking Rock School qualifications (RSL Level 2 Music Practitioners). The Peformance Pathway allows pupils to improve their rehearsal skills and put on live performances and the Technology Pathway allows pupils an insight into sound production and live recording techniques.

Extra Curricular 

Students can take part in extra Music making during break times Monday-Wednesday. It's a great time to join together with students from other year groups and combine the skills we have learnt individually. We encourage staff and pupils to join in with singing together at special occasions such as Christmas.

Useful Links

Look up Chords and Tabs to practice on your instrument:

Make your own Music at home using this free online DAW:

Use your login to access Soundtrap



Contact the School

Archers Brook School

Chester Road
Great Sutton
Ellesmere Port
CH66 2NA

Main Contact: June Sedgwick

Tel: 0151 832 6600
Fax: 0151 832 6638