We have had some very exciting workshop sessions to learn about Africa. On Monday Reception had an African drumming workshop where we learnt about the drums and how to drum a rhythm. We also learnt how to make the music tell a story with fast drumming for dancing, keeping a beat for foot steps and scratching the drum skin for birds flying. We had great fun racing each other playing a rhythm down lots of drums – even the grown ups were competitive! (See Russell the Explorer from the film ‘Up’ – aka Miss Birch in the photos).
Later in the day we had an African story telling workshop. The visitors told us two African tales and we learnt about a moral to a story. We were also shown different African artefacts. We compared a school bag that African children may use to our explorer backpacks.
Today some of the Year 5 children worked with Simba class to do some story whooshes (drama technique) with African tales. The Reception children loved working with the older children and the Year 5 were very professional in their teaching! After the session, the Year 5 children asked the Reception children to evaluate session. Some children said they enjoyed using the props, doing the colouring, joining in with the story and playing the games. We also had another workshop with the year five children who taught us all about the animals in Africa, we learnt that there are only 3 white rhinos left I’m Africa, the different animals that live in Africa and why some of them are endangered.