Following on from April's sessions on keeping the pulse, we've been feeling the rhythm this May at Bangers & Smash!
Continuing our mouse theme, we've sung and played to songs and nursery rhymes about mice, including:
Hickory Dickory Dock
I Want To Be A Little Mouse
Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat
Three Blind Mice
Building on last month's work of tapping a steady pulse on claves while singing, we've practised tapping in time with the words of each song, using our listening and fine motor skills to match the sounds we make with our voices to the rhythms we make with our claves.
In Three Blind Mice, we've used an updated version of the words:
Three blind mice, three blind mice
See how they run, see how they run
They all were chased by the farmer's cat
They ran and hid in an old straw hat
Did you ever see such a thing as that
As three blind mice?
Younger children have enjoyed hiding three different mice in a straw hat: a finger puppet, a mouse shaker and a mouse toy that wobbles from side to side.
Moving on to our Tick Tock Clock song, we've isolated three repeating rhythms and played them on junk drums made out of recycled plastic containers:
Tick tock tick tock (crotchets – four to a bar)
Ticka tocka ticka tocka (quavers – eight to a bar)
Ticka tocka ticka tocka ticka tocka ticka tocka (semiquavers – sixteen to a bar)
Older children have split into two groups with one group playing the first rhythm and the other the second. Once established, Cathy has asked a member of staff to add in a slow, steady pulse:
Tick – tock – (minims – two to a bar)
We've finished each session by listening and moving to a children's song from 1965: A Windmill In Old Amsterdam by Ronnie Hilton.
The children have had fun pretending to be little mice clog-dancing while chanting a repeating rhythm: 'Clip clippity clop on the stair'.
Next month, we'll be bringing pulse and rhythm together as we work on finding the groove while singing songs about the sea!