Talk like a Pirate!

Talk like a Pirate!

Do you follow calendar events in your early years setting? Did you know that on the 19th September it is ‘Talk like a pirate day’?  Well, I didn’t until a couple of years ago.  It hasn’t been around that long but I think some of the new events are quite fun as a...
Add Some Seasonal Sparkle to your Music Time

Add Some Seasonal Sparkle to your Music Time

Bonfire night has always been one of my highlights of autumn.  I still have vivid memories from my childhood of gathering around a bonfire and then watching fireworks. How can we bring this fun and enjoyable experience to a music time?   Fantastic pieces of music...
World Book Day and Music

World Book Day and Music

You can take most stories and include musical concepts: dynamics (loud and quiet), tempo (speed), rhythm (long and short sounds), pulse (reading to a steady beat)…  You are probably do these things without even realising; these are what I believe brings story reading...
Do you dread the annual Christmas concert?

Do you dread the annual Christmas concert?

Here is a little insight into my experience of Christmas concerts over the years and what I have learnt to make it easier for all involved. I taught Reception and Year 1 in a primary school.  Every year we did a Christmas concert for the parents/grandparents.  I...
World Animal Day, Halloween and… are here soon!

World Animal Day, Halloween and… are here soon!

 Do you like to connect EYFS activities to events that are happening in the year? October brings with it lots of different events.  Some I had not heard of until a month a go, for example on 4th October it is World Animal Day.  I have even decided to write a song for...