We were lucky to have Naby visit us and teach us some traditional West African dance, drumming and singing. First he showed us some dance, then we sang some songs, practised dancing and then learned a bit about the drums. He showed us three different drumming sounds. He explained that the sounds are like a family there is the deep sound which he called the Daddy, a slightly higher one that is called the Mommy and the highest sound was the baby.
Each class had a turn at trying the dance and then the teachers did it too!
The dancing and drumming were really good for our maths because we had to count the beats.
1,2,3, 1,2,3, 1,2,3,4, 5,6,7,8
Here is the shared writing we did about the drumming:
Naby told us that in some African Villages the drums are used as ways of communicating a get together so if you hear drumming in your village you would go to where the drumming is coming from.
Learning about African Dance was really good for us to be able to see how different places, people and cultures sing and dance and for us to give something new a try. Everyone did give it a try and we know that when we try new things we grow our brains! Music and dancing are also really great for our wellbeing and link to our positive health curriculum. Singing and dancing out in the sunshine and with the birds was lots of fun and got us moving and grooving!