Greenside Avenue, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 6BB

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Welcome to Mapplewell Primary School. School is open to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupil from 1 June 2020

Mapplewell Primary School.

We provide excellence in learning; encourage a growth mindset
in all pupils and promote independence and motivation to succeed.




Week 3

With Mothers Day coming soon we decided to make Flower Bombs as a money making enterprise this week.  We had a new assistant who turned out to be a fabulous teacher and taught everyone what to do!

We used recycled paper and bits of pink tissue paper mixed with water to make a lovely sloppy mush.  We then sprinkled in some flower seeds and rolled the mixture into balls.  These were then collected by our new teaching assistant and kept safe for next week when they will be wrapped up in recycled material ready to be sold.

Week 2

The Eco-Warriors followed the journey of Freddie the Fish this week.  Freddie is a fish who lives in the most beautiful part of the river, where the water is clear and there are plenty of lovely things to eat.  Freddie decides he wants to swim up the river to see what exciting adventures he can have.  However, things are not what he expected...


Week 1

We welcomed new and familiar members of the Eco-Club this week.  

Our theme for the next couple of weeks is marine life and pollution.  This week we looked at how modern life affects our seas, oceans and everything that lives in or around them.  

Today the Eco-Warriors were called to a natural disaster in the seas around Mapplewell Primary School.  An oil tanker had run into rocks and sunk, releasing all of its oil into the water.  We had to try to catch the oil and remove it from the water before the wildlife became poorly.  This was not an easy task!  

We used spoons to try to scoop the oil out, sponges and cotton wool to soak it up, but nothing worked really well.  Unfortunately our seas stayed really dirty.  We then looked at how the oil affected the fur and feathers of our local wildlife's health, habitats and feeding habits.  

Week 5 

The last few weeks we decided to make a garden to grown food for us to eat in school.  We played interactive games on the whiteboard about what makes a healthy balanced diet and when we were all really hungry we all helped prepare and eat a healthy fruit salad.  We also saw the return of Harry and Charlie's seeds which had grown massive.   Bailey had also brought in a great photograph of his super big plants.  Fantastic work boys! 

Week 4

This week we had 3 jobs to do in Eco Club.  One group made home-made plant pots out of paper which were tricky but looked brilliant. The next group painted plant plastic bottles which were going to cut down to make recycled plant pots.  It was great fun and very messy.  The final group made bird food shapes using seed and syrup.  They smelled really nice but were incredibly sticky!  

Week 3

Today we were Eco-Gardeners!  We decided that we would like to build a small garden area in school and to grow lots of plant that we could then eat.  So we all had a go at planting beans, peas and onions in recycled containers.  We then took them home to look after until they have grown and we can plant them outside in our garden at school - once we have made it!

Week 2

This week was really exciting!  We got to eat all sorts of lovely fruits, vegetables and herbs so that we could decide what we wanted to grow in our garden at school.  We discovered that not all the things we liked could be grown in this country - so bananas were definitely out of the questions!  Some children tasted things they had never tasted before...AMAZING!    

We also looked at how much sugar were in some of the foods we liked to eat.  We measured the sugar into bags to see exactly what that amount of sugar looked like.  The results were scary.  Who knew there was so much sugar in a Kinder Bueno?  


Winter Term 1

Week 1

Welcome back to Eco Club!  We have some familiar faces and are happy to welcome some new ones too.  

This term we are exploring how we can have an healthy lifestyle and help the environment as well.  We have decided that we could have a school garden and grow some healthy foods to eat.  We discussed what we would like to grow and why.  

Week 6

Carbon Footprints - Unplugged!

This is the last eco-club until the New Year so we have decided that it would be great to spend time playing games together, making our own games and enjoying each others company.  Maybe instead of reaching for an electronic game we might consider playing a board game and saving electricity!

Week 5

Carbon Footprints

We saw a change in topic this week.  We started to consider what we use electricity for in our everyday lives at home and at school.  The eco-warriors drew pictures of everything from Ipads, mobile phones and PS4's to fridges, lights and toasters.  We then played different games that did not need to be plugged in to see it was fun to interact with friends rather than playing alone on electronic gadgets. 


Week 4

Christmas Decorations and Inventions...Part 2

This Wednesday evening saw the eco-club warriors completing the activities they did not get a chance to do the previous week.  More Christmas Tree decorations were made along with jigsaw snowmen and snowflakes.  Thank you to Mrs Bailey for this great idea and for helping us this week!


Week 3

Christmas Decorations and Inventions

This evening we worked in 2 groups.  One group made Christmas decorations from recycled materials whilst the other used everyday items to make something that could scoop the plastic from water.

We used lolly pop sticks and twigs to make Christmas Tree ornaments.  We trials our eco-friendly home made glitter to decorate plastic bottles for tea-light decorations.  Shall we say the trial was less than a full success but we still had lots of fun when it turned into slime!


The other group got really creative using lots of random items to scoop plastic and other pieces of rubbish from the waters. 

They came up with some wonderful and effective ideas!  


Interesting Fact:

8 million tons of rubbish ends up in our oceans each year!

Week 2

Bird Bombs and Sharks

Today we split up into groups to work on 3 different tasks.  One group made squashy, mushy bird bombs from lard, bird seed and raisins.  The next group made the poor (but slightly scary) sharks that eat the plastic in the seas.  Then finally there's the group who enjoyed reading and colouring from the Eco Packs.  

We were so busy but had so much fun.  


A big thanks to Mrs Bailey who helped us today. We hope you had as much fun as we all did!


Interesting Fact:

Some of our own food can be good for birds – for example, fruit cake or mince pies, dried fruit, unsalted nuts, or apples and pears past their best. Sounds like a good thing to do with your family when you have eaten too much at Christmas!

A big shout out to those Eco Warriors who kept a record of all the recycling they did at home... fantastic work!

Week 1

Jelly Fish and Sharks

Welcome to a new group of Wednesday evening Eco Warriors!  It was lovely to see so many new faces and some returning friends too!

Today we started to look at how plastics in our seas and oceans were affecting the wildlife.  We made our own jelly fish to take home using old plastic bags and paper from our recycling bags.  

We have all been challenged to increase the amount of recycling we do at home.


Interesting Fact:

Did you know that sharks are dying after eating plastic bags because they thought they were jelly fish?

Bug Hotel

Today we started by looking at bug hotels on the internet and spoke about why they are needed. We spoke about all the bugs we might see in our school and environment.

We got our gardening gloves and buckets ready, and went outside. We collected leaves and added these to wooden pallets in the paddock area of the schools outdoor environment.

We had great fun!


Bird Feeders and Meercats.

We started today by choosing a name for the Meercat we are going to sponsor.  We all wrote a name on a piece of paper and chose one.  The name we chose was... Leo!


Today was all about bird feeders. We decorated old plastic bottles with paint and PVA glue, then made a topper with twigs for the birds to sit on.  We will then fill them with seed and sell them to make funds for Eco-Club.  Great messy fun!


We also discussed the idea of making a bug hotel next week and went to explore where would be the best place to build it.


Interesting Fact:

On average a pair of jeans has 8 recycled plastic bottles in them!


Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!

We continued looking at what everyday items we could recycle.  We looked at the symbols on packaging that lets us know if it can be put in the recycling bins or has to go in the general waste bins.    Some children made fabulous new things from old plastic at home too.


Using old recycled paper and cardboard, we made note books to take home and use to record all our recycling fun at home.


We also had an important vote to see which animal we wanted to sponsor from Doncaster Wildlife Park ... a Meercat!


Interesting Fact:

Did you know you can do a scrunch test to see if different papers can be recycled or not?  Scrunch the paper and if it does not spring back flat you can't recycle it!


Our First Meeting - Friendship Bracelets

This was our first Eco Council meeting this year.  We decided as a group that we would like to raise money to sponsor an animal and to grow our own strawberries. 

We had great fun learning what items we could and could not recycle and made some fabulous friendship bracelets from old plastic bags.


Interesting Fact:

Did you know that it takes over 1000 years for a plastic bag to decompose?  

Eco council Competition Time

This is an invitation from the Eco Council to join in our MINIATURE GARDEN competition.

The challenge is to design and make a garden in any container like plant pots, bottles, old wellies or bowls. It needs to include small real plants and other small objects to make it interesting and eye catching. (use internet for ideas if stuck)


The gardens need to come to school on MONDAY 2nd July for judging in 4 categories:

Nursery and reception

Year 1 and 2

Year 3 and 4

Year 5 and 6

Please make sure that somewhere on your entry is your NAME and YEAR GROUP.


Don’t worry if you use little ornaments in your garden – you will get them back on TUES 3rd July.

Be creative – let your imagination grow!

                     Good luck !


This is a new and exciting council that has been initiated by one of our current Year 6 pupils. He has lots of exciting ideas which have been recorded and presented as a mind map and we are all supporting him to make his vision happen for our school.

An action plan for this half term has been written which includes displaying posters around school, preparing a presentation for assembly and conducting pupil interviews to decide who will be best placed on the council. By the end of next half term there will be a new Mapplewell Primary School Eco School Council. We will be posting updates as the next half term progresses so keep checking this page to find out more!


What a wonderful e-mail to receive. Our Eco-Council proving to be great Ambassadors for Mapplewell Primary School.

Well done Eco-Council!

Eco-Council After School Club

This week we have been fortunate to have to representatives from Ardagh Group in Monk Bretton. Phil Riggett and John Hepplestone came to speak to us about the Glass Factory and the many different ways they work hard to make sure they are environmentally friendly. They told us about glass production and the different ways they run it efficiently and are always looking for ways that they can recycle water, heat or any other parts of that process. All the electricity they use is from wind farms and they always try and save energy through switching off lights and computers.

They have various skips and colour coded/labelled bins around the factory recycling the following:



plastic (recycle and sell)


oil waste

waste water

This made us think more about what we could recycle.

They gave us a few us a few slogans to think about too "Anything that saves energy saves money!" and "Always speak out about environmental issues!"

We had the chance to learn more about our environment and talked about acid rain, the ozone layer and greenhouse gasses.

Questions asked by the children

Q- What affect does Acid Rain have?

A- It can harm the plants and trees in the environment which will impact on the gases in the environment and the ozone layer.

Q- What if someone spills something by mistake?

A- Before someone does a job there are risk assessments that they read so they know how to prevent a spillage, if there is an accidental spillage there are spill kits so that they know how to fix it safely and the correct way.

Q- What if water and glass goes down a drain?

The glass will drop to the bottom of the tank and these heavier parts at the bottom are removed and this keeps getting filtered as the small parts are removed before the water is then reused.

John then shared what future plans they were hoping for in the future in terms of recycling and we then shared some of our ideas too. We hope to keep in touch with John and Phil so they can see what changes we can make to make our school a more environmentally friendly place to be.

Thank you so much to Phil and John for taking the time to come and visit us!

This has now become an after school club run and supported by Miss Walker, Mrs Stenton and Mrs Rolf. The pupils who are in the Eco-Council have had 3 meetings so far and they have been busy making plans focusing on our school environment and making improvements to the outdoor area. They have lots of great ideas which require some funding. Their first idea has been to upcycle all the unnamed school uniform in lost property and to hold a regular monthly uniform sale for a donation. They have written a letter to parents notifying them of the first upcycling uniform sale.

ECO Council Assembly

 We were very proud of the small group Year 6 pupils who planned and delivered their first assembly on Tuesday. They had put lots of time into planning and creating their assembly and have shown true dedication to their idea. They were very nervous and with some positive encouragement from staff they an amazing assembly. They have now introduced their ideas to the rest of the school and they are awaiting nominations from other pupils from Year 1 to 6 to join their ECO council.

They are now preparing questions ready to interview key stage 2 pupils who want to join. So please come back and visit this page next week to find out more.