Chinese New Year excitement for Reception pupils:
Music plays a large role in our Early Years curriculum with pupils from Nursery and Reception regularly taking part in sessions with our specialist music teachers. We are also extremely lucky to be able to welcome external visitors to the school each term who are further able to bring subjects to life. This week, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, we were delighted to welcome Sarah from Shake Rattle & Groove.
Reception pupils were treated to a wonderful afternoon of music and dance to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The children were fascinated by the different instruments and the songs that they learnt. Louise Thorpe, Reception teacher commented: “It was wonderful to see all the children fully involved and embracing all the singing, dancing and music making. Thank you so much to Sarah from Shake, Rattle and Groove for coming in and giving the children a brilliant, hands on learning experience.”
During the session the children excitedly explored a variety of movements to bring the dragon to life. Pupils experimented with bending, swaying and stomping actions to create a range of very interesting movements which really added character to the dance. There was also lots of instruments for the children to try, ranging from a Chinese gong to triangles, drums and shakers. Each child got a chance to try their hand at each instrument and they all thoroughly enjoyed creating lots of music.
Sarah, from Shake, Rattle and Groove, was impressed with the children’s enthusiasm saying “I was excited to visit King’s St Alban’s Pre-Prep on Tuesday and spend time with the Reception children to share my music activities as we celebrated Chinese New Year. The children welcomed me enthusiastically and were all very keen to be the dragon. Well done Reception class, I hope I get another opportunity to revisit you all soon!”.