We had two very noisy and very fun sessions with Year One a couple of weeks ago.
We spent the sessions exploring sound. What is it? How does it travel? How is it made?
After making sounds and sharing our ideas about sounds and how they travel, boys were put into pairs and each pair got to make their own string telephones. I can remember doing this in my childhood so it was fun to do this activity with our five year olds. After taking much care not to tangle the strings, each pair were able to make their phone and have a go at speaking and listening using it. The important part was to make sure they kept their string tight.
We also experimented making sounds with different objects and parts of our bodies. It was great to see the boys realise that sound involved some sort of movement and vibrations. We looked at different musical instruments and completed some experiments using drums and rice bubbles!
To finish off, we made simple flutes using drinking straws. The boys thought the 'duck call' sounds were hilarious - and even more so when we cut small holes for their fingers to cover, just like a simple recorder. Then they were sent back to class to share their small flutes with their classroom teacher...