After a busy term preparing for their production, Year 1 have spent this last week of term recapping how to find the beat in a song and composing pulse patterns using different actions.
They challenged themselves by using their “thinking voice” which means they were internalising the song whist showing the beat. After trying lots of different ideas, we discussed how some actions were harder to keep the pulse with than others.
For example, a spin was sometimes too difficult to complete in one beat and using an action without a sound such as a ‘nod’ made keeping the pulse much more difficult. They then moved on to playing the pulse using the percussion instruments and found that some instruments were also easier than others to show the pulse. Instruments that had a shorter sound such as a ‘wood block’ were clearer than instruments that had longer sounds like the ‘Vibra slap’ or bell.