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At Wareham St Mary, we use Kapow Primary music to deliver the music national curriculum. The Kapow Primary music scheme is first and foremost to help children to feel that they are musical, and to develop a life-long love of music. It focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that children need in order to become confident performers, composers, and listeners. The curriculum introduces children to music from all around the world and across generations, teaching children to respect and appreciate the music of all traditions and communities.


Each year, our Year 4 children take part in a class band where every child receives a term of instrument tuition. This has included strings, clarinet, samba and brass. Children showing particularly aptitude are then invited for a further term of group tuition with a teacher from Dorset Music Service.


We look for and take part in a range of activities including with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with their concerts for schools, facilitating children’s individual instrumental lessons, running music clubs such as ukulele, recorders and choir. Children also have the opportunity to take part in performances, particularly the Early Years/Key Stage 1 Nativity and the Year 6 leavers production. Children are encouraged to sing and we look for a range of occasions for this. In addition, children sing a number of times a week during collective worship and receive singing teaching weekly through hymn practice.


We offer weekly music lessons held in school by independent teachers for guitar, piano, drums and woodwind. For further information about these lessons please contact the office.

For more information about music lessons or instrument loan please contact PYM.

We use termly knowledge organisers to help promote key skills and vocabulary for the unit we are teaching. See examples below.

Our whole school Music Day was a great success. Every class had a genre to learn about and a music skill to learn; Jazz, Rock and Roll, Rat Pack, The Blues and lots more! 

We were lucky to have Danny a guitar teacher and Ali a piano teacher come in to school to play a piece of music in a whole school music assembly to launch the day. They talked about their instrument and then took small groups out all day for taster lessons.

Year 6 went to The Purbeck School for a music workshop - they were introduced to different instruments for taster sessions and created a class choir.  

Great news...lots of children have now been motivated to learn to play a musical instrument.

Year 4 Samba performance

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Year 4 impressed the whole school with their samba drumming performance. They showed real courage and focus and we are so proud of their musical achievements!