Thursday, April 26, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Peter and the Wolf

Peter's Grandfather is very grumpy.

He won't let Peter play out in the meadow. In todays lesson we are going to explore where Peter lives and work out what sort of a boy Peter really is. We might need to create a story map.

Bring your imagination and stay close.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Songs to celebrate the Olympics for primary schools.

I recently bought a copy of "Singathlon" from Portsmouth Music Service. It contains some great songs that could be used to support Olympic work that schools will be doing. I have chosen a couple songs for each year group in my schools to learn and one or two that the whole school will sing as part of our schools opening ceremony. There are one or two duds and I'm really not sure about "Losers like me" but they are outweighed by some cracking songs such as "Five United Rings" , "Triathlete" and "Bronze Silver and Gold".

It will be useful beyond the Olympics as many of the songs celebrate various sports.

I am planning to ask year 6 classes to make a video of themselves singing "5 united rings" cut with images of sporting images from the school. (We may even find ourselves singing "5 olympics ring"s who knows!)

I am also using the songs from the Sing up website that are featured in the latest issue of the magazine.

We should find out soon which children's song has won the competition to be Merton's official Olympic anthem. Fingers still tightly crossed it will be a St T pupil!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Peter and The Wolf

I have only just discovered the very fantastic stop start animation film "Peter and the Wolf" by Breakthru films. It was the 2008 Academy award winner for best animated short film.

Be warned it is quite shocking. Peter has a harsh lonely life with his scary Grandfather. There are some big changes to the story which I won't spoil for you but you know what - it really works!

The animation is absolutely remarkable, the attention to detail means you can watch it over and over and still find something new. It fits so well with the music.

I am planning to use it with my key stage 1 classes. The website has a really good education pack which you can download here

You can find further resources here

I am also in the process of creating my own slideshow which I will add to this post later.

In additionaI plan to show the children this beatboxing clip

This new orleans version is also worth a watch!