Here at Music for Little People we're really looking forward to the warmer weather. We'll soon be singing about creepy crawlies and all sorts of mini-beasts. There'll be songs about worms at the bottom of the garden, hairy caterpillars on our arms and counting songs involving worms, bees or frogs. We'll be tapping the rhythms of four of our favourite bugs and using them to practice playing "ostinati". We'll all be involved in music that has minibeasts as a theme – whether we're dancing with scarves to the "Flight of the Bumblebee" , colouring our interpretations of some music from around the world and jiving to the Bay City Rollers!
We'll also be stretching with the frogs by the well, marching, and doing all sorts of actions to lots of really fun songs! Children learn such a lot through the medium of song especially when those songs are accompanied by actions. They will name familiar objects around the room, name body parts and also incorporate names of actions: they'll move "faster" and "slower", stretch "higher" and "lower" and respond to instructions such as "stop" and "go". Some of the songs will be traditional favourites such as "Roly Poly Poly" and "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" which some of the children will already be familiar with. Other songs are those especially composed for the classes by Karen Dickinson.
In the second half of the term we shall travel to the ocean to meet and sing about a summer theme and some songs about the sea. We'll be splashing with the paddle steamer, tapping the rhythms of some creatures that live in the ocean and "passing some places" to listen to some different sounds. The music we listen to covers many different styles and includes music by both male and female composers.