After a few lessons of working on their piece for the ES Spring Concert, 3RB + FS3 were excited to split into different teams today. Students were given the option to join a movement, recorder or xylophones group to work on specific aspects for the performance. It was great to see everyone working together so well and practicing hard!
Spring is…beautiful sakura season in Japan! In preparation for our ‘Spring and Growth’ theme ES Spring Concert, 1P have been learning a traditional Japanese folk song ‘Sakura’ and watched some dances by other people to the same piece of music. After practicing some movements as a class, I challenged 1P with creating their own dance in small groups (in just 15 minutes!) and I was very impressed with how well they focused and worked together to complete the task. What an excellent start! Well done 1P! Here are snippets of their ideas:
In my class, every student learns every part and along the way they can discover which they enjoy the most/where they think their strengths are. Today, we split into groups for the first time (students chose their role) to play our arrangement of Simple Simon. So much fun!
Exploring shapes in Grade 2 today. Students had to find as many ways to express ‘through’, ‘stretch’, ‘bend’ and ‘under/over’ as they could, while staying “Safe, Sensible, Shh and Strong”. Lots of things to think about but they did well!
I am a huge fan of folk dance (actually, I just love movement and dance in general!) because it’s such a fun and effective way to engage students while helping them to understand steady beat, form/structure, sequences, musical cues, timing, anticipation, collaboration, spatial awareness, formations, culture, history…the list goes on!
Today, we learnt ‘The Chimes of Dunkirk’ dance in Grade 1. So much fun!
I love the music from The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. Grade 2 did an excellent job learning a movement sequence to ‘Trepak’ today and listening out for the different sections (AABA + coda). They were proud of themselves too and really wanted to record it so their parents can watch it at home.
We also did the same activity in 1P using movement scarves first as a whole class before creating their own AABA movement sequences in small groups.