This Japanese inspired topic looks at the springtime festival of Hanami, otherwise known as ‘The Cherry Blossom Festival’ which celebrates the fleeting beauty of spring flowers. Children use descriptive vocabulary to create a Haiku, put it to music and finally add percussion sound effects to bring all elements together before a final, group performance
Make your music lessons safer....
During the pandemic, you could adapt this topic so that the haiku is spoken and not sung. You may wish to sanitise the instruments and quarantine them between use.
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Lesson 1: Describing Blossom
After learning all about the Japanese festival of Hanami, children immerse themselves in spring blossom trees to come up with descriptive vocabulary to describe what they can see, smell hear and feelView
Lesson 2: Sounds of Blossom
By creating sounds to represent their descriptive words from Lesson 1, children play the soundtrack of a blossom tree on a range of percussion instrumentsView
Lesson 3: Blossom Haiku
Using their descriptive vocabulary about cherry blossoms from Lesson 1, children write a well-known form of Japanese poetry - the HaikuView
Lesson 4: Haiku Melodies
Children compose a melody to accompany their haikus, working as part of a group and recording the notes as they workView
Lesson 5: Haiku Performance
The lesson sees a culmination of all that the children have learnt as they sing the haiku to their original melody with accompanying sounds effectsView