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End of School Year Musical Fun!

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Are you looking for early years activity ideas to celebrate the end of the year?

Below I have listed past blogs that I have written that can help you with ideas with a musical element:

Music for the end of year concert

If you are looking for music for your end of year concert or graduation take a look at this blog for 11 music suggestions: https://musicalabc.simplero.com/blog/5961-11-suggestions-of-music-for-end-of-year 

Bubbles

The children are always excited when I get the...

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Add Some Seasonal Sparkle to your Music Time

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Bonfire night has always been one of my highlights of autumn.  I still have vivid memories from my childhood of gathering around a bonfire and then watching fireworks.

How can we bring this fun and enjoyable experience to a music time?

 

Fantastic pieces of music and lights!

 

Every year in my classes, whatever the theme I’m doing, I always ensure we have a bonfire night week. We may sing a song or two that has a firework connection but the firework wonder is...

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World Book Day and Music

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You can take most stories and include musical concepts: dynamics (loud and quiet), tempo (speed), rhythm (long and short sounds), pulse (reading to a steady beat)… You are probably do these things without even realising; these are what I believe brings story reading to life!

Here is a break down of how I approach the story Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This was one of my children’s favourite books when they were young!

What musical elements can we focus on that will...

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Do you dread the annual Christmas concert?

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Here is a little insight into my experience of Christmas concerts over the years and what I have learnt to make it easier for all involved.

I taught Reception and Year 1 in a primary school.  Every year we did a Christmas concert for the parents/grandparents.  I remember, even as a musician, it being a very stressful time.  As I played the piano I was asked to learn to play all the pieces of music that accompanied the concert, even though there was a backing CD, along with...

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World Animal Day, Halloween and... are here soon!

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 Do you like to connect EYFS activities to events that are happening in the year?

October brings with it lots of different events.  Some I had not heard of until a month a go, for example on 4th October it is World Animal Day.  I have even decided to write a song for the event,  If you would like to listen here is the link: 

There is, of course, Halloween and it is Walk to school month too.

If you like to dmulti-sensory activities here is a sensory idea for...

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