After a snack break we went into the forest. The staff and artists working together to create a forest soundscape while the students lay on the floor eyes closed. Some students were really transported (eg: Dakota) while others found it more challenging to keep their eyes closed. Students then made some spectacular leaves together which will have pride of place in the upper canopy of our Jub Jub forest. To recap we all put our Donkey ears back on and grabbed instruments moving like Donkey and enjoying the percussion while we sang his song. Felt really uplifted by the session - but then that has been my consistent experience of Belmay.
Rm 2 this afternoon - and our first Forest Make and Do session. We weren't sure after Belmay (where we had to combine the make n do and music session) whether to also use the soundscape as an introduction to the Leaf make n do.....Just spoke with Sarah O'Neill (Rm 2 Teacher) following our session - she suggested that showing pictures and bringing in examples of real leaves could be a good way to start the session (next time)!!!!!!!!!Don't know why we hadn't thought of that - but hey - it's a two way learning process...What I did think worked really well was bringing naughty Donkey in to eat the leaves that the students had made. I guess this is an example of the embedding process growing spontaneously, and what I have realised is that it's good to keep extending this where possible. Looking forward to Forest Music sessions with Bec on Thursday.