Creative Arts


At Wimborne First School we are passionate about developing our pupil’s creativity through music, art and design technology.




Purpose of study


Through high quality music teaching our staff aim to ensure that all of our pupils develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.




The National Curriculum aims through music, all pupils should:


  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations


Early Years


The children in Early Years celebrate music in their curriculum. They learn songs to welcome their friends, rhymes for routines, chants for counting and learn songs linked to their topics. The teachers use elements of the Charanga program alongside and allow the children opportunities to experiment with percussion during their child initiated play. 


Key Stage One (Years 1 & 2)  


Using the Charanga program alongside high quality teaching, the children in Years one and two are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs, speaking chants and rhymes. They also learn to play tuned and untuned instruments musically and listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. With support they experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.


Key Stage Two (Years 3 & 4)


The teachers in year three and four continue to use the Charanga program as well taking part in the musicianship programme where the children are taught to play an instrument. Over the course of these two years the children learn to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. They develop skills to improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music. Teachers allow opportunities for them to listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. They are supported to use and understand staff and other musical notations. Through the Charanga program which hosts a wide range of music genres the children will appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. They will also learn to develop an understanding of the history of music.


On top of our statutory curriculum requirements, at Wimborne First school we also provide...




All assemblies at Wimborne first begin and end with music. The children enjoy coming into the hall singing and it creates a welcoming atmosphere. Tuesday singing assemblies are led by Mrs West. They provide an opportunity for the children to learn, listen, practice and perform with their peers. The songs are always upbeat and often include actions to get the children moving. Over the course of the year each class has a class assembly. There is always a musical element to this as the class include music or songs linked to their topic. We are also very fortunate to welcome guests into our assembly and most recently we have been visited by a representative of Songbirds, the junior choir at Wimborne Minster.


Music in our community


We take great pride in our links with the local community here at Wimborne First. Every year at Christmas time our Year Four’s perform at the Tivoli theatre to put on a show. Our whole school also enjoy a service at The Minster and The Methodist church where we sing carols and get in the Christmas spirit. In the Summer we enjoy taking part in The Mid Day Music Box at the Minster. This is a showcase of music from local schools, with each school performing on a different day to bring music to our community.


Music Trips


This year our Year three classes are attending the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra schools concert at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience a full live orchestra first hand.


Opportunities to learn instruments in our school


With the support of the Dorset Music Service, our pupils benefit from taking part in the musicianship program. This year the Year three classes have benefited from a whole terms tuition learning to play the Samba drums. They loved it! We also welcome peripatetic music teachers into our school for group and individual lessons and currently having children learning the drums, guitar and clarinet.


Music Clubs


Mrs West runs a choir club in our school which is a fantastic opportunity for children to make new friends and build their confidence. Mrs James also leads a popular recorder club where the children learn to play simple songs in a sociable setting.


The Singing Strategy


Each year Wimborne First are involved in the Singing Strategy. This is program funded by the Dorset Music Service to develop singing in schools. This coming Summer term Early Years and Year One are taking parting a series of lessons led by Cathy Murray and ending in a performance.




As a school we use the online Charanga program to support our teaching of music. The scheme supports our staff to deliver high quality music lessons through engaging and exciting topics that progress between the Year Groups. Popular topics are Mamma Mia, Our World and Little Angel Gets Her Wings.




Art and Design

Purpose of study


At Wimborne First School we are committed to providing our pupils with the opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.High-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. 




The National Curriculum aims through art and design, all pupils should:


  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms



Art Cabin


The children at our school benefit from a designated art cabin on site. The building holds all of our resources and is ideal for classes to work in on projects.



Early Years


The children in Early Years focus on art through the Expressive Arts and Design area of their curriculum which looks at; exploring and using media and materials. Through a range of adult led session, workshops and outdoor learning the children learn to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


Key Stage One (Years 1 & 2)


The children in Years one and two use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. Year One make their own puppets in their topic 'X-box and Spinning Tops'. Year two enjoy re-creating Van Gough pictures for their 'One Small Step' topic and visit Wimborne Minster to practise sketching in their 'Expert Explorers' topic. Both year groups focus on incorporating drawing, painting and sculpture into their topics to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. They are supported to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Through their topics they learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Key Stage Two (Years 3 & 4)


The children in Years three and four use sketch books for record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas with an increasing range of mediums. The children in Year 3 loved their 'What Makes the Earth Angry' topic where they created fantastic volcanoes! The children in Year four help create props for their Christmas show at the Tivoli using by  drawing, painting and sculpting. Both year groups learn about great artists, architects and designers in history through fun and exciting topics.


Design Technology

Purpose of study


Through fun filled topics our pupils in KS1 and KS2 develop their ability to design, make, evaluate and build on their technical knowledge.


Aims of Design Technology


The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook


Early Years


The children in Early Years focus on design and technology through the Expressive Arts and Design area of their curriculum which looks at; being imaginative. Through a balance of child initiated play and adult led activities. The children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes and represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology.


Key Stage One (Years 1 & 2)


The children in Years one and two enjoy using a range of tools to perform practical tasks. The children are encouraged to design their projects before choosing their preferred materials to make their products. The children are taught the skills to evaluate their work and learn to explain their technical knowledge.

Key Stage Two (Years 3 & 4)


The children in Years three and four develop the skills their have learnt int Key Stage One and focus on design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria. They choose form a range of materials and components to create their models. The teachers support the children to evaluate their finishes pieces and work alongside them to teach the technical language.