Year 1 Weekly Music Sessions

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Year 1 have been generating plenty of positive energy as part of our weekly music sessions. Both classes have expert tuition from Sophie. A large part of this learning is to help the children improve their vocal skills and to feel confident. Plus the sessions are plenty of fun!

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A number of warm up games start the sessions in the school music studio. A current Year 1 favourite involves the children imagining that they are looking out to sea. Different sea creatures such as an octopus, a starfish and a shark can be seen. The children act out the movement for these sea creatures, whilst also singing along.

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We have also been looking at the importance of rhythm in music. Sophie has been playing plenty of games that require the pupils to listen a rhythm being tapped out. The task is then to repeat this exact same rhythm.

One of the main songs that Year 1 have been learning is all about a bouncing ball. This has plenty of musical changes, as well as allowing the class members to express themselves through movement around the studio as they sing.

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Sophie then introduced a guitar during a recent session. The Year 1 pupils were asked to listen, and then describe the different sounds that each guitar string makes. We heard how the thickest string makes a very low sound, whilst the top thin string is high pitched.

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Class members took it in turns to play either a low or high note on the guitar. The other children were asked to mime out what type of sound was being played.

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Small drums and maracas were then handed out to the children. Sophie spoke about the difference between playing quiet and playing loud. The children imagined that a ferocious thunder storm was approaching. We had to follow Sophie’s instructions to play the sound of a few quiet drops of rain. This then built up into a very loud thunder storm!

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Finally the session came to a close with all of the children listening to a short piece of recorded music. The knowledge gained from the session was then used to answer some questions: could we hear high notes or low notes? Was it slow or fast?

These weekly Year 1 music sessions will continue at Michael Faraday throughout the autumn term.

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