23 Oct Black History Month in Reception
In Reception we have been looking at jazz music and its birthplace New Orleans. We read ‘This Jazz Man’ which we performed and explored the different instruments jazz musicians choose to play. We made our own life-size jazz man and dressed him in cloths left by our mysterious visitor. We listened to a different piece of jazz music each day and explored a whole host of new vocabulary surrounding music and how it makes us feel.
We also looked at ‘Trombone shorty’ which tells the true story of a current musician who now leads the Mardi Gras parade each year with his jazz ensemble. We explored New Orleans using google earth and followed the parade route through the town. Then it was time to prepare for our own parade so we made masks, instruments and flags. We prepared a dish of vegetarian gumbo (which is a staple dish in New Orleans) after writing a list of ingredients and then got to enjoy our dish after parading around the school.
Nursery have been overwhelmed with the generosity of the parents who brought in dishes from around the world to share with us. Many of the children came into school wearing beautiful traditional clothing which they spoke about and couldn’t wait to show off around the classroom. We have enjoyed music sessions with Ken looking at jazz music and even had a go at reading musical notation!