This has been a very busy term and we have had lots of fun exploring our topic of ‘My Friends’ through lots of fun activities both indoors and outdoors. We have been playing lots of team games (we have especially enjoyed our outdoor chasing games) and have been doing lots of sharing and turn taking. Through our topic book ‘Rainbow of Friends’ we have been exploring some of the things that make us different from each other along with some of the things we like that are the same.
We’ve also been busy this term working on lots of motor skills during our hall time with Eirini. We have been conquering some new pieces of equipment such as the wobbly bridge and have been doing lots of balancing and stretching using the wombler, giant physio ball, trampoline and the stretchy bands. There has been lots of scooting about the hall on the scooter boards and we are all completely exhausted by the end of the sessions!
We have also been lucky enough this term to take part in a music technology session with Aisling who has put all our recordings together into our very own ‘Glendevon Groove’ which you can hear at the end of the slideshow below, a definite chart topper!
This is one of a number of mini-reviews of music-making apps for iPads and smart phones.
Loopimal is a simple but clever music-making app for the iPad that unfortunately isn’t free. However it offers good value in being clear, fun, creative and intuitive.
Using simple characterful animal animations to represent instruments, users can combine these in different ways to make electronic beats and sounds that loop or repeat.
By dropping different shapes into an 8 beat grid that, it is possible to compose and modify music. As the music is all in the key of C, any white notes on a piano of keyboard will go with it.
- take turns to build up a piece of music with a partner using 1, 2 or 4 animals
- Take turns to swap animals in or out
- make music to dance to
- make music to sing along or play to
- which is your favourite animal?
- which is your favourite combination?
You can read a more complete review of the app on Common Sense Media.
This is a free app for iPad and is one I have picked out from quite a choice. The main screen shows a percussion kit of different drums and symbols that can be played just by tapping on them.
Like a drum kit from GarageBand, but taking up much less space on the phone or tablet, you can play as it is to make rhythms on your own or with someone else sharing the screen. As you get better, you can play along with some of the free sound loops, purchase more in-app or play along to something on the TV, radio, YouTube or wherever.