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Issue 44: The Shepherd, the Sheep and the Wolves (year 3)

“They’re a bit unsettled today” said the class teacher at lunch time. I recognised the concealed meaning in the careful phrasing. Too much wet play, too many windy days. The classroom was – shall we say “a hive of activity”? … Continue reading

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Issue 42: Olympic Activity; Synchronised Swimming

This is a bit of a golden oldie, but none the worse for that. Working in pairs, the children mirror each other’s movements; child 1 is the leader, and child 2 is the “mirror”. So, whatever child 1 does, child … 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 35: Aesop’s Fables

Many schools are studying Ancient Greeks this term, as a link to the Olympic Games. I have always found this a fairly tricky topic to follow in music, but it ocurred to me that Aesop’s fables might prove a useful … Continue reading

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Issue 35: Sounds, Syllables and Spellings

This term, I am using the topic of “around the world” as a starting point for my keystage 1 class music lessons. I came up with the bright idea of using the number of syllables in the name of a … Continue reading

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Issue 34: Olympic Practising

The athletes competing at the Olympics will have got there through spending hours and hours working on the different elements of their sport. In one way, playing an instrument is exactly the same as learning as sport. It is about … Continue reading

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Issue 31: Morse Code Composing

Morse Code Composing Step 1 Children code up words using vocal sounds “dit” for dots and “dah” for dashes. Start with their own names; then play a game where you choose a category eg animals, and children code up an … Continue reading

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Issue 30: Composition Activity using scrap paper

I used this activity last Summer to create a soundscape for the topic “The Seaside”. The children had just returned from a school trip to the beach… I have written it up in this issue in case you were planning … Continue reading

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