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Year 2 become african drummers

posted 26 Mar 2015, 07:11 by Amanda Waind
On Monday the 23rd March Year 2 had an African drumming workshop, led by Steve Rivers from Unbeatable Energy. During the Spring term our topic in Year 2 has been "Where would you rather live England or Kenya?" We have therefore been learning about lots of different aspects of what Kenya is like, what life is like in Kenya and then comparing and contrasting this with our lives in England. The workshop was to give us a flavour of traditional African music and teach us more about rhythm and beat. Year 2 learnt about how to play the Djembe and Bougarabou drums. We worked on following rhythms and beats, call and response and recognising starting and finishing phrases in music. We responded to the rhythms using dance moves and worked together to perform music and dance to an enthusiastic audience including children from Y1-6 and some of the Year 2 parents too. 
Responses to the morning included – “It was brilliant!” “Wicked!” “Awesome!”  “I loved it!” “Can we do it again?” “It was so much fun …”  The children and staff were buzzing after the workshop and unanimously agreed it was a terrific experience. Well done everyone!