The BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays the 'Doctor Who' theme tune. There is an opportunity for students to listen to the orchestra play this well-known piece of music and to have fun exploring different instruments as they play along. The clip is supported by Makaton signing and Widgit symbols and is suitable for children with special educational needs (SEN).
After initially listening to this clip ask the children if they know which TV programme this theme comes from. Does anyone have any knowledge or information about the programme? Have they seen it on TV? The teacher could create a 'mind map' of responses on a flip chart or interactive board to give the children a more accessible, visual record of their responses. Talk to the children about the setting of the programme and the characters that may appear in it. Groups could be asked to draw an alien or space creature that they think the Doctor may encounter. During another viewing of the clip ask the children to imagine the Doctor travelling in his Tardis standing at the control panel. Help the children visualise this by showing them a picture or extract from the programme showing this. Ask the children to think of the electronic sounds that may be created when the doctor presses the buttons and switches. Give the children an assortment of everyday objects that could be used to make strange, 'science-fictional' sounds, for example combs and tissue paper, rulers that could be twanged, objects made of metal or wood that could be scraped or hit. These objects could form the children's own 'control panel'. Talk to the children about the different sounds they make (ie long and short sounds, high and low pitched sounds) and the organisation and impact of the sequence of sounds. Different layers and textures could be added through the addition of voices or sounds made by body parts, such as the popping of cheeks, clicking of fingers and so on. Older children will enjoy listening to their work being played back using digital recording programmes and having the ability to edit and manipulate their work.