The aim of our curriculum is to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes pupils need to become informed, articulate and empowered. Music is an important expression of creativity and culture.

The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers at Upperwood with week-by-week lesson support for each year group. It provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum. 

Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

Listening and Appraising
Musical ActivitiesWarm-up Games
Optional Flexible Games
Playing instruments

In addition to this, in Year 4, our specialist guitar teaching provides opportunity for pupils to gain skills alongside an appreciation of music and the confidence to perform. Children learn musical notation, composition and musical appreciation.

In addition to class music lessons, many children learn additional instruments through the Barnsley Music service provision. Currently, we have children in school learning to play Flute and Guitar. 

Singing in weekly assemblies for all children in school provides opportunity to perform and develop their musical ability in song. Regular opportunities to perform in concerts and shows both individually and as a class enable children to grow as confident performers. Further opportunities both regionally and more locally provide children with a chance to perform in a larger arena through both the Young Voices concert, as well as performance alongside other schools at music festivals in Barnsley.

Learning to play a music instrument is lots of fun and very rewarding!

Get into music and start your musical journey with Barnsley Music Education Hub. This service is available to all pupils within the school day. 

Instrumental tuition available: 

  • Violin, viola, cello and bass
  • Guitar (acoustic, electric and bass)
  • Flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, recorder
  • Cornet, trumpet, flugel horn, tenor horn, french horn, baritone, euphonium, trombone and tuba
  • Piano and keyboard
  • Tuned and un-tuned percussion
  • Voice

If  your child qualifies for scheme of aid and receives free school meals.  They're also entitled to a music lesson at a third of the normal price.  They can also hire a instrument for free!


The next step if you wish your child to have music tuition:  

  • Contact the school office.
  • They will give you a form to complete. When the form has been completed by parents/carers, hand it back into your school office before the end of the fourth week of term.
  • After the school has received the completed form, they will notify you of the day and time of your lesson.   
  • For further details please contact: Barnsley Music Service Tel: (01226) 291525 barnsleymusicservice@barnsley.gov.uk 

In Class 7 we provide a whole class ensemble Recorder tuition project, where children can learn to play this instrument alongside their entire class in school. This project is delivered by Barnsley Music Service. Schools are loaned instruments for these projects, and are given the opportunity to take part in a celebration performance in a professional venue at the end of the year.

Music in EYFS outdoor provision - we were forming a band!

Music in EYFS outdoor provision - we were forming a band!