St. Ambrose R.C. Primary School

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Music at St Ambrose RC Primary

At St Ambrose we believe that music and singing are an important part of our school and that it is an entitlement for all children to have a good music education.  Children should be inspired to develop a love of music that increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Our weekly music lessons develop an understanding of musical concepts and practical skills and give an awareness of different musical traditions, styles and cultures.


"What I love about this school is that it puts music at the heart of school improvement."

Anita Kerwin-Nye, Chair of Musical Futures


Here are some of the things that the children learn in each year group.

Early Years have access to percussion instruments in their indoor and outdoor continuous provision.  We use body rhythms in Literacy lessons too, which helps children build their sense of rhythm.  Music and singing play an integral role in the everyday life of our Early Years and we love showing off our skills in our music assemblies.


In Reception we have fun exploring pulse and rhythm using our bodies and instruments. We also learn lots of new songs and chants.  


In Year 1 we introduce musical concepts through games, singing and playing classroom percussion. Whilst playing percussion instruments, children are encouraged to experiment with, create, choose and combine different sounds using different elements in music such as dynamics, tempo, pitch, timbre and structure. They also learn to identify and tap along with the rhythm and pulse of a song.


In Year 2 we build on the musical skills from Year 1 and continue to learn about rhythm and pulse, creating an ostinato rhythm (repeating pattern), exploring simple musical notation and recognising changes in dynamics (loud and quiet) and tempo (fast and slow). Children also have whole class percussion and glockenspiel lessons, which develops their musical expression and creativity.


Throughout Key stage 2 children develop a good understanding of the history of music. Children are also given the opportunity to listen to a wide range of live and recorded music from different traditions and great composers. 


Year 3 continue to have whole class glockenspiel lessons. They are becoming increasingly more confident with their music skills and can clap the rhythm of songs, tap the pulse and play the metre of a song. They are taught to compose by creating simple melodic and rhythmic phrases and play as part of an ensemble. They play and sing in class, with an understanding of how to improve accuracy, fluency, control and expression.

In years 4, 5 and 6 children are introduced to more instruments, including ukuleles, guitars and keyboards. They get the chance to play these as well as learning how to compose their own pieces, drawing on understanding of rhythm, pulse, ostinato, pitch and timbre. This ensures the children get a breadth of coverage and cover all elements of the music curriculum. Where possible this will link into their current learning including the new IPC curriculum.

If you have any questions about Music in our school or accessing Music in the local area, please ask Mr Bland who can help. 


Just Play music with St. Ambrose


St Ambrose Primary school delivers Rock Band once a week. This is an opportunity for them to further develop their musical skills and understanding in an engaging and interactive way. There are a number of different pop and rock songs that the children learn to play, using a variety of tuned and untuned instruments to recreate the music

Pupils in key stage 2 can come and play in the school rock band after school on a Wednesday 3.20-4.15pm.

Due to the tremendous success of the just play scheme, we ow offer it as part of our music curriculum for years 4,5 and 6. This means the children can gain transferable skills and can use this in rock band if they wish to do so. 

If you're not sure what to expect have a look at the pictures below, or even better pop along!



Music opportunities outside school


Venue: Chorlton Music Centre, Chorlton High School, Nell Lane, Chorlton, M217SL

Time: Saturday mornings from 8.30 – 1pm (term time)

Cost: It costs £36 a term to join the Music Centre with access to unlimited ensembles. There is an additional charge for tuition. See for additional information.



Age / level



Age 3-5



Age 5-7


Suzuki violin ensemble

Age 5 – 7 beginner


Guitar ensemble

Age 7+


String orchestra level 1

Beginner - intermediate


Windband level 1

Beginner - intermediate


Saturday Sing (Rock Reggae Pop)


All 11.30-12.30pm

Woodwind / brass / string / percussion piano / guitar /

Age 5+

(actual time arranged following enrolment )

Looking for information about music provision in Manchester? is a fantastic website which can help parents find out what is available for their children depending on their musical interests, instruments or ability levels.