Greenside Avenue, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 6BB

01226 381273

Welcome to Mapplewell Primary School.

Mapplewell Primary School

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


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.


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


Key Stage 1 Music Curriculum Objectives

Lower Key Stage 2 Curriculum Objectives

Upper Key Stage 2 Curriculum Objectives

In addition to the curriculum we also offer 2 weekly music based lunch time clubs:

Brass - Mr Dodd

Choir - Mrs Wilkinson and Miss Walker

We also offer private tuition for guitar and wind instruments with Mr Childs and Mrs Caudwell.

Music Activities

Academic Year 2019-2020


This year the following year groups will be receiving music tuition from the highly skilled musicians from Barnsley Music Hub.

Year 2 - Recorders

Year 3 - Ukuleles

Year 4 - Brass


We are also very pleased to see that there have been a number of pupils who have chosen to continue learning their instrument having had this opportunity last year. They are also invited to play in the Brass lunchtime club every Wednesday.

Academic Year 2018-2019

Brass Club and Choir Visit Mapplewell Manor 10th April 2019

The Brass Club and Choir had a wonderful afternoon. Many Thanks to Mr Dodd and Mrs Bailey for their weekly tuition and support. We would also like to thank Mrs Sharpe for her weekly support during choir practise and Mrs Ward for stepping in to support them on the afternoon too. Here are a few videos of their performance. They were all fantastic and we are very proud of them!

Brass Club - Visit to Mappplewell Manor 5th December 2018

Today the children from Brass Club got to perform for the first time this year as a real brass band. They played in the cafeteria for the residents at Mapplewell Manor with Mr Dodd and Miss Sharp. They were a little nervous to begin with but they soon settled into their music and after the first song was played they were smiling at the wonderful applause they received form the residents. They played a few of their favourite songs and also some Christmas ones which the residents soon recognised and sang along too. Everyone had a wonderful time and the children have said that they would love to play again at Mapplewell Manor again soon.

Brass Club Autumn Term 1

The children were really eager to show what they have been learning in their club so far this half term. They have made such great progress so far and enjoying the chance to practise their skills together.