1. Learning & Support
  2. Curriculum
  3. Music


During Key Stage 1 pupils listen and respond to a range of music, play instruments, sing songs from memory, create short compositions and explore how sounds and silence create moods and effects.  This is progressed into Key Stage 2 as confidence and skill grows, developing their compositions in response to a variety of  different stimuli including music from different times and cultures.

We regularly take part in music projects. For example,  our Year 3 children teamed up with the pyramid schools in a songwriting project on Folk music which culminated in a concert for a wide audience. Year 5 and 6 participated in a series of workshops on West End musicals and gave a concert at the Gateway in Yeovil, alongside the other small schools in the Sherborne cluster.

In Year 4, all children are given the opportunity to have free instrumental tuition.  Individual tuition is also available at an extra charge. Guitar, recorder and singing tuition are offered through clubs during the school day.

We encourage all of our instrumentalists to play during assemblies and for a wider audience as this develops their confidence in performing.


The Sherborne pyramid of schools work together as a hub to provide a wide range of opportunities and provision for our pupils such as the Folk Music Songwriting Project previously outlined above.  This year, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will be working with some of our young musicians to stage a concert in November!

Click here to see some of the music that pupils experience at St Mary's.

CHOIR: Over three nights during the  February 2013 half term, the choir were invited to open the Bradford Abbas Variety show  performing to a packed house including ex Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton. The show raises funds for a variety of local causes and the choir were thrilled to be part of it. 

The choir also regularly perform at the annual Rotary Club concert  'Youth Makes Music ' concert at the Digby Hall and the School Summer fete as well as many Church services throughout the school year.