At Rachel Keeling we are lucky enough to have staff with a wide range of gifts and skills. One particular staff member is musically gifted and naturally passes this onto children through her teaching. Children have ongoing access to a wide range of percussion and pitched instruments. They also have opportunities to listen to a range of music through our new iPods and speakers across the nursery across the day, including lunchtime. Children sing regularly and some children begin to look at musical notation when they are ready.
Over the past few weeks, an interest in music has been supported with the introduction of the pitched bells. Children explored the different pitched sound that each bell made and talked about the sounds. They were supported to organise the bells into the order of pitch from high to low. Next they worked with Lize to learn how to play as an ensemble. Fatimasahra learnt to play Twinkle Twinkle and performed it for the whole school at our weekly Whole School Music session. She then supported her peers to try to play this too and children were motivated and sustained concentration for some time.
During the summer term we plan to continue with our ukulele group for children who are interested and show particular musicality.