Last Friday, my Y5 children (age 9-10) spent a chunk of the day making musical instruments out of junk. We are in the middle of an African themed topic and so we spent some time designing, making and evaluating our own drums (djembes, doumbeks, kpanlogos and bongos); stringed instruments (koras and mangbetu); shakers and rainsticks.
This was the half way point. I love it when the classroom looks like this...
The children were brilliant at the making, but a bit less enthusiastic about the clearing up. (We got there in the end though - with a little persuasion).
The end results look brilliant.
Bring on those African rhythms!
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