One of the big events for my school this half term is the Ruthin Festival where learners will be performing Queen songs. They only have a couple of weeks to practice to be ready to perform to around 100 people. So I plan for the learners to sing everyday in preparation.
The learners seem to genuinely like the songs they are singing which is a bonus however they are far too quiet at the moment and need to raise their volume. I have previously identified a weakness in my ability to deliver music and singing lessons so it was good to observe a music specialist earlier in the week. I believe the key in getting children loud and confident is to sing loudly and confidently yourself and if you do that the competence should come.
A few months ago I observed a teacher at a different school and she said that children should sing every day. I would say that at the moment we only sing when we have a performance to prepare for. Certainly singing is a good way of remembering and a secondary school language teacher I know still sings with his Year 11's. Perhaps I could build singing into the timetable as a daily welsh practice before lunch or before the end of the day.
Your thoughts appreciated...
The Past Week
A good week back in school and much easier to adjust after only a week off than it was after the Easter holidays. We completed some good work on forces through creating our own roller-coasters on-line and the learners planned a litter investigation of their local area.
Star: - The quality of the Welsh conversations that are being spoken while we complete the register after the introduction of tocyn iaith's (language tokens).
Wish: - I need to keep a better eye on my diary and remember who I am seeing and when!
The Week Ahead
I am looking forward to more singing practice in the week ahead and a Masters in Educational Practice learning on behaviour management.