Category Archives: Early Years

Issue 134:Running an Infant School Music Club

I’ve just finished leading a music club for a local infant school in the morning before the school day starts. It’s been quite an experience. I had envisaged a balanced diet of listening to music, singing, moving to music, using … Continue reading

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Issue 129: Wiggle

You set up a steady pulse, counting to four. Once it is going well, everyone has to do a wiggle on count 1. That’s it. Simple.   Or do the wiggle on count something else. Or have two actions, on … Continue reading

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Issue 106: Little Boo

I’ve used this book time and time again in infant classes; The story couldn’t be simpler; Preston Pig and Mr Wolf are playing “Hide and Seek”. They take turns to hide in different places; with brilliantly expressive pictures and the … Continue reading

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Issue 105: Rabbit run on the frozen ground

This is a great little children’s song from Kentucky. I first came across is in Jo McNally’s “Young Voiceworks” anthology – a resource I go back to time and time again (Warm up and Stomp Cannon, Star light, star bright, … Continue reading

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Issue 94: Let’s start from the beginning

MusicTeacher     ‏@DailyMusicQuote 12 Oct 10 “If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them.” ~ L. Pavarotti MusicTeacher     ‏@DailyMusicQuote 24 May  “I can only think of music as … Continue reading

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Issue 60: Resource for Traditional Songs

I just stumbled upon this! http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/earlylearning/nurserysongs My word, what a great free resource! You get audio, video, lyrics, and a link to a “Sounds Stimulus Library”. Definitely worth a visit, and not just for Early Years classes.

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Issue 55: Introducing Percussion to Early Years

First day back at school, and the first music lessons of the new school year. Last term, I was lucky enough to attend a workshop run by Sarah Hennessy at the Primary School’s Music Conference organised by West Sussex Music Services. She … 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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