Monthly Archives: May 2012

Issue 38: Welcome to The Jungle

Here we go again! This week I seem to be focusing on links to other websites and blogs. However I hope you will find them entertaining and useful. The “Olympic post” this week comes from a website that is part of … Continue reading

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Issue 38: Olympic Activities for the Young

While trawling through the internet looking for inspirations for this week’s Olympic article, I tripped across this; http://www.first-school.ws/activities/firststeps/olympics.htm This is a veritable treasure-trove of ideas for Olympic activities for young children. If you are looking for printables and craft makes for … Continue reading

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Issue 38: Herding cats – Classroom behaviour management

The American Kodaly Music teacher and blogger, Susan Gonsalves, has a blog here; http://herdingcatsgeorge.blogspot.co.uk/ which I have quoted from before in Issue 26 She has recently posted a useful article on classroom behaviour management using the “Timeout” principle. I know … Continue reading

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Issue 38: Swirled World Graphic Score

Here is the link to the National Institute for Environmental Health (of America) where I got this idea; http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/explore/nworld/earth2_swirled_world.htm  It looked as though this might be a bit messy, but hey, I had fifteen minutes before it was time to … Continue reading

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Issue 37: Welcome to the Jungle

Hello everyone, everywhere! I have been asked to create a list of equipment that I would like to have for the school music cupboard (“but we aren’t promising to buy EVERYTHING on your list”). That set me thinking, and here’s … Continue reading

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Issue 37: Music Wish-List; Early Years/Keystage 1

First of all, I’d like a really big, light, airy space. Enough room for thirty kangaroos, or lions, or monkeys, or robots to strut their stuff all at once without fear of crashing into each-other. Which brings me to the … Continue reading

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Issue 37: Writing it Down

One of the best ways to assess how well the children are able to read music notation is to get them to compose their own music. Last week, I did “mini-beasts in the Pease Pudding” with a class of year … Continue reading

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Issue 37 Improvisation – Olympic Sports

Try creating musical sequences which describe different sports. You can use vocal sounds, body percussion, school percussion, or whatever instruments you are teaching. Here are some ideas; For example; rapid sounds on a woodblock – running rubbing your hand across … Continue reading

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