Whether you already use a gathering drum in your music lessons or you are new to the idea, this new resource from MES will give you plenty of inspiration to get activities started.
In a handy A5 size that's just right to fit in your bag , and spiral bound so you won't lose your page, this invaluable little book contains 30 ideas covering primary music as well as cross-curricular ideas to help learning in other subjects.
NOT JUST FOR MUSIC!!
Try counting songs to enforce numeracy in Maths and keeping a beat. Start with simple songs for younger children - for example FIve Currant Buns or One, Two, Three Four Five, and increase the difficulty with Ten Fat Sausages or Ten Green Bottles.
For PE, create a game with the drum. Stand back from the drum and take it in turns to run in and play on 'your' beat. Always remember to leave the beater on the drum for the next person to use. What about making relay teams? Pass the beater like a relay baton, and let each member of the team take it in turns to race to the drum, place a beat or rhythm and race back ,with the beater, to the next person.
Find some facts about drums from around the world for your Geography lesson. Simple drums , like the Gathering Drum, have been used around the world for centuries. Discuss the different uses of the drum in different cultures.
For PSHE , use in Circle Time to get children working together. Show each other rhythms and copy each other, to encourage taking turns and co-operation. Some children are more comfortable expressing themselves using activities and music.
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