Click on the chicken to make it wobble…..
I have led two singing assemblies now. The first one got off to a great start using the 5 second shower . The second was started by another teacher, who was going to teach a call and response song for the Harvest Festival which is looming all too soon. He did a sort of verbal warm-up along the lines of
“are you ready to sing?” “yes”
“are you READY to sing?” “yes”
“Are you REALLY READY to SING?” “Yes”
But I wasn’t convinced. So, interrupting before he could start singing, I got everyone to stand and demonstrate the five-second shower – which hugely transformed the mood and energised the children.
I can’t keep on showering before every assembly, so here’s another tried and tested one;
For a count of 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, shake first one leg, then the other, then one arm, then the other. Repeat, for a count of 4 each, then 2 each, then 1 each, then crouch down and spring up into the air while calling
“w–o–b–b–l–y–c–h–i–c–k–e–n!, starting with a low pitch voice, rising in pitch as you jump.
You can repeat this, doing the counting in your “thinking” voice, which has a sort of surreal effect.