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Year 4 explore the Sounds of Africa

24 October 2013

Children in Year 4 have been learning about Africa as part of their topic ‘Around the World in 80 days’. To understand the culture of this fascinating continent better, they decided to explore the amazingly colourful variety of drums that come from Africa.

  • Group of Year 4 students dancing with their drums.
  • A group of Year 4 students drumming with their own djembe drums made with found materials.

In Music we were looking at djembes, bongos and the huge conga and talked about how they all make different sounds and play a different role in a drum cycle. We learnt about how drumming is important to serve dance routines and had lots of fun trying to follow a simple dance ourselves. 

In class the children talked about the different materials drums can be made of and decided to create their own drums out of junk material. The children have come up with some sparkling ideas using tins, water bottles, lollysticks, even a large water dispenser became a djembe! They also looked at African art and borrowed some ideas to decorate their instruments. Eventually, they brought their hand-made drums to Music and we had a brilliant time exploring the range of sounds they can make. What a wonderful way of bringing a topic alive!


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