Our Ethos for Music

At Mapplewell school we believe that Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It transcends different cultures, abilities and generations. Listening to and making music fulfils an instinctive human need for self-expression and creativity. It stimulates responses both on emotional and intellectual levels. Music can be a lifelong source of pleasure. It is education for life.

We provide opportunities for all pupils to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.


Teaching and Learning approaches

Music is often taught and used within other areas of the curriculum, and to support and enhance the work done within the topics planned. We recognise that music can develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject areas that are needed for life and work skills – e.g. listening skills, concentration, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self confidence and sensitivity towards others.

We also have specialist music teachers that teach singing and various musical instruments throughout school on a weekly basis. There is also an opportunity for pupils to learn an instrument through private tuition.

Key Stage 1 and 2

There are additional opportunities to teach music through the topics covered from the International Primary Curriculum followed by both Key Stages.


Please click on the link below to view music overviews for each key stage:

Key Stage 1

Lower Key Stage 2

Upper Key Stage 2