At Barton Clough we believe that musical learning is important because it:

  • develops cooperation, sharing, compromise, creativity, and concentration
  • improves academic skills
  • improves memory
  • develops co-ordination and physical skills
  • requires interaction and communication, which encourage teamwork
  • helps us to practice and persevere when we learn something new
  • boosts self-esteem
  • introduces us to other cultures and the world beyond the one we know


At Barton Clough we use the Music Express scheme as the basis for our curriculum planning. Whilst there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their musical skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the planned progression built into the scheme of work provides opportunities for increasing challenge as pupils move through the school.

We have close links with Trafford Music Service and also provide the opportunity for pupils in KS2 to attend weekly choir rehearsals in order to take part in the annual Manchester Young Voices concert.

At Barton Clough we believe that music ignites all areas of child development. It helps the body and the mind work together whilst having great fun. We attend Young Voices each year which is a fantastic experience where children sing together for friends and family at Manchester Arena. 

To see our music overview please click here Music Express Overview 19-20