We read the story called 'Giraffes' Can't Dance.' Our children then decided they wanted to find out more about all the different dances in the story. We watched recordings of all the dances and then all the children danced their own versions of a waltz, cha-cha, rock and roll, tango and Scottish dancing. Then we listened to some beautiful violin music and danced like Gerald the giraffe.
Next, our children decided that they would like to compose music for each dance. First of all we listened to the sounds of each instrument and discussed their timbre. Then in groups the children selected instruments to play for each dance. We listened to each group play their dance music. Finally we had lots of fun in our classroom playing the music on our instruments and dancing along to the music. Thomas said 'I've had the best fun ever!'