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The BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Andy Pidcock singing the 'Shake, Shake, Shake' song. There is an opportunity for students to have fun following Andy’s simple instructions. Students are encouraged to join in and have fun exploring different percussion instruments. The clip is supported by Makaton signing and Widgit symbols and is suitable for children with special educational needs (SEN).
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First broadcast:
4 May 2011

Classroom Ideas

After watching this clip, the group could work together to create their own simple song based around another instrument and the sound it makes. As this clip is particularly focused on the percussion instruments of the orchestra and the sounds they make, it would be valuable to investigate other percussion instruments to use in their work. For example, using drums or bongos they could be inspired to create a song entitled 'The Bang, Bang, Bang song' or 'The Rattle, Rattle, Rattle song' or 'The Scrape, Scrape, Scrape song' using appropriate instruments. This activity could be extended to encourage and reinforce communication skills for children with additional needs by including an element of listening and turn-taking within the activity when children are awaiting their turn or inviting others to join in. The repetition and rhyme from lyrics build language and enhance a child's ability to be included. Further development could be to encourage the children to create a song based around a sequence of different instruments, for example the 'Shake, Bang, Tap and Scrape song', which would aid memory and retention skills.

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