The BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Andy Pidcock singing the 'Thank you very much' song. There is an opportunity for students to have fun singing with Andy. 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).
This clip could be used to develop social and communication skills within the group and to reinforce aspects of the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum. Discuss with the children why and to whom we say "Thank you". Ask the children to think of some occasions in school when they would say "Thank you". Perhaps the children could draw pictures of people who help us or of a person doing a kind action that would deserve a 'thank you'. Pupils could show through drama or dance a situation when a "thank you" was called for. Passing a "thank you" gesture (Makaton or BSL) and singing around a circle is a simple exercise that helps students understand the notion of control and the need to work together as an ensemble. Throughout this exercise, pupils can practise watching carefully and cooperating with the group. Extend by providing a structured activity for which the students say "Thank you" to each other, for example throwing or passing a bean bag, 'high fiving' or kicking/ rolling a ball to a partner. These activities can also help children to develop their gross motor skills, increase balance and learn the difference between left and right.