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Djembes; storytelling

A7FC9519-C80C-4029-A9B4-E5BCADF5F635Today we followed on from last week with the theme of minibeasts but developed it into a story using our drums. We start in the same way; marching ants to sit in the drum circle, then warm up clapping games and body percussion. We play the dynamics game all together on the drums with conductors in the middle and then I remind the children of the playing positions (Bass Tone – heart of the drum – in the middle and Natural Tone – voice of the drum- on the outside) and we talk about the dynamics of the different tones. 

We recap on beat and rhythm using an example of the song ‘Oh the ants are busy, busy as can be…’ (to the tune of she’ll be coming around the mountains) and then I take a drum and teach the story; 

  • Ants marching – use the bass tone – four crotchets.
  • Rain starts and builds to a thunder storm so the ants go underground – use the natural tone with fingers first for ‘drip, drop’ then build up to a thunderstorm using bass tone. 
  • Slugs and Snails come out and we chant ‘Snails & Slugs’ to quaver quaver crotchet. 
  • Sunshine and Rainbows – we use our finger tips to swirl on the drum the sound of sunshine and rainbows appearing. 
  • Butterly- we play ‘Butterfly’ rhythm to a quaver quaver crotchet singing our ‘Flutter, Flutter Butterfly’ Song (to the tune of twinkle twinkle little star). 

This was a good way to introduce storytelling using the sounds we can make on our drum. I hope to build this up so that they can create their own stories.