Week 4: Elephant Flashmob
We got off to a slow start today as I had a technical hitch but thankfully, we got started eventually. I think the nature of this type of work means that technical issues present themselves frequently and you just have to stay cool, calm and collected in order to resolve them. First, you need to figure out if it’s you or the server side! Anyway, I managed to get the train back on the tracks.
So, in the last session, we had started on the theme of Hotland animals. In the meantime, the children had been on a visit to the zoo, with homework from me: to record audio, video and images of their visit. Unfortunately the weather on the day of the visit was not very nice so a lot of the animals were hiding away. However, the children (as I’ve said before) have fantastic memories and spent some time recounting what they saw and heard.
The focus of today was the elephant: what they sound like, what they do, what poses they use. I had gathered some photos of elephants so we had a good chat about the various antics of elephants. The children knew a lot of interesting facts about elephants too. I had sent Mrs. English some templates of elephants so that the children could have a cut-out standing animal on their desk. So, they spent a bit of time colouring in their own elephants. We spent a good bit of time creating new lyrics for ‘If you’re an elephant and you know it, …….’ With some very funny results.
Next we discussed Flashmobs: a sudden gathering of people to perform something. We needed to create instructions for the Elephant Flashmob so used the previous activities to come up with ideas:
‘If you’re an elephant and you know it, have a drink’ – bend down and use your trunk to have a drink from a puddle
‘If you’re an elephant and you know it, eat a leaf’ – reach up with your trunk and eat a leaf from a tree
‘If you’re an elephant and you know it, make a brrrr!’ – lift up your trunk and roar!
The instructions for the Flashmob were to:
- Quietly walk out to the playground
- When Mrs English says ‘Go’, do an action and sound
So, today was the first outing for the Elephant Band and the debut of their first public performance!