Course

Doing Diversity Differently : Simple Songs to Support Diversity Awareness
Simple Songs to support Diversity Awareness

for teachers, parents and carers of 3 – 7 year olds

Doing Diversity Differently

Simple Songs to Support Diversity Awareness

Overview:

Diversity Awareness is an increasingly important aspect in our children’s lives. If we want society to become better, and fairer, at being inclusive, equitable and diverse, we need to provide our children with the best examples of these practices. That’s why we have created our ‘Support Diversity Awareness Using Songs’.

This 6-week course provides everything you need to share a collection of effective, fun songs with your 3 – 7 year olds. Not only do the accessible songs promote a deeper understanding of Diversity and Respect, they are also packed full of other learning opportunities too!

Whether or not you are a musician, educator, parent or carer, our resources are designed to guide you through the important aspects of learning and delivering songs to the children, so that you can confidently share them in creative and engaging ways together.

Outline:

In following this 6-week course you will be guaranteed to extend your own learning and song-delivery techniques. Furthermore, because you learn the songs in such depth your recall of them becomes immediate – you’ll find you start to build your own repertoire of songs that go everywhere with you, as they are all stored in your head! Whenever you have a few minutes to fill with your 3 – 7s, or you need to open a conversation about a challenging area relating to Diversity (in all its different guises!), you will have a song to call on immediately.
Week 1: Introduction and Greeting Songs + Bonus
Aim
After a brief introduction and overview to the course we get straight into learning our songs. There are 2 Greetings songs and a bonus ‘warm-up’ activity in this first week. You will be given a choice of greetings songs to use and the background information to the song goes into the importance of greeting politely and respectfully at all times. It also touches on how gesture and expression can also enhance the delivery of songs. You will be guided through the lyrics and music of the song so that you can follow the shape of the printed music, even if you have no musical skills. If you are a skilled musician, you will be able to learn to play the songs from the sheet music (with chords for guitarists) provided.

Outcomes

  1. You will have 3 songs to share confidently with your children
  2. You will have gained the knowledge needed to deliver the song with understanding and assurance
  3. You will have learnt some musical terms and be able to follow the pattern of the song-melodies
  4. You will understand why we need to take into account children’s personalities, learning styles, cultures and behaviours in order to greet every individual child respectfully and sensitively

In addition
If you are taking the two courses (Simple Steps and Simple Songs) together, you will also achieve the following outcomes:
– You will have identified your own starting points on both journeys.
– You will begin to appreciate how understanding more about the development of Diversity awareness supports your approach to the stages of Child Development and that the songs you are learning provide the ideal opportunity for supporting conversation and role modelling with your children.

Week 2: The Number Train (Physical/Props Song)

Aim
To learn and then deliver with confidence ‘The number train’ which is a physical song (requiring actions and some small props (templates are included for you to print). The song is written in the Indian ‘Banghra’ musical style. You will see how this song can be used to support maths learning (counting and recognising numbers) in addition to experiencing a very different style of music.

Outcomes

  1. You will have another, contrasting song to share confidently with your children
  2. You will understand, and be able to identify, the Banghra style of music and know something about its origins
  3. You will have gained the knowledge needed to deliver the song with understanding and assurance
  4. You will have learnt some different musical terms (and instrument-names) and be able to follow the pattern of this song-melody
  5. You will explore some of the reasons why it is so important to offer musical diversity to the children.

In addition
If you are taking the two courses (Simple Steps and Simple Songs) together, you will also achieve the following outcomes:
– You will begin to see how, in following our learning approach of small, easy to digest lessons, you do not feel overwhelmed or stuck in your own course progression.
– As a result, you are growing your confidence alongside your knowledge and your children are benefiting hugely from your new-found Diversity awareness.

Week 3: The Colour Wheel (Game Song)
Aim
We move into a different geographical location for ‘The Colour Wheel’. This game-song is written in the Calypso musical style and it draws attention to the many different colours in our world and how they can be mixed and matched to make other shades and colours. Just like people! The song provides a starting point for conversations with the children about how many ‘colours’ of people there are in the world, and how, in being different, they all bring value to our lives.

Outcomes

    You will be building up a range of contrasting songs to share confidently with your children

  1. You will understand, and be able to identify, the Calypso style of music and know something about its origins
  2. You will have gained the knowledge needed to deliver the song with understanding and assurance
  3. You will have learnt some different musical terms (and instrument-names) and be able to follow the pattern of this song-melody
  4. You will be beginning to understand that delivering songs using this method allows you the freedom to adapt and extend the materials to suit your own context specifically.

In addition
If you are taking the two courses (Simple Steps and Simple Songs) together, you will also achieve the following outcomes:
– You begin to understand how your learning aligns with that of the children and through the organic process of singing together you are sharing valuable moments with each other.
– You can see that within a musical structure you have the space you need to enjoy different cultural and musical experiences at the same time as the children. It really is a homogenous experience for you all!

Week 4: The Colours of me (Citizenship Song)
Aim
This week we draw the focus of ‘colours’ down onto ourselves and our family and friends. We learn to deliver a folk-style song called ‘The Colours of me’ which draws attention to our own unique colours. We explore a longer song structure and come to see (i) how it can be adapted to provide the children with their own opportunities to express themselves and (ii) just how valuable this process is to developing understanding in everyone.

Outcomes

  1. You will be starting to internalise the songs at a quicker pace
  2. You now have the level of confidence you need to really support the children express themselves creatively
  3. You will understand why this song is written in this particular way and why it is so important not to rush the singing so that you can really accommodate the children’s voices
  4. You will have gained the knowledge needed to deliver the song with understanding and assurance
  5. You will have learnt some different musical terms and be able to follow the pattern of this song-melody
  6. You will see how delivering songs using this method allows you the freedom to adapt and extend the materials to suit your own context specifically

In addition
If you are taking the two courses (Simple Steps and Simple Songs) together, you will also achieve the following outcomes:
– You no longer feel stuck when it comes to explaining difficult behaviours and observations relating to Diversity issues.
– You have some of the tools you need to navigate this difficult path and you are aware that through the community support you can discuss and ask questions if you are unsure about what direction you need to take.

Week 5: Let’s make a Man (Game Song)
Aim
This week we use a participatory game-song; ‘Let’s make a man’, written in a ‘Rock’n’Roll’ style, to demonstrate the different features of our heads. We continue the learning from the previous two weeks by drawing attention to the ways which we are similar to, and the ways in which we are different from each other. We learn to adapt the lyrics to suit our own demographics and we have fun making silly faces!

Overview

  1. Your song-bank and your confidence continues to increase
  2. You will understand how to adapt lyrics ‘on the fly’ to suit your audience
  3. You will have gained the knowledge needed to deliver the song with understanding and assurance
  4. You will have learnt even more different musical terms (and instrument-names) and be able to follow the pattern of this song-melody
  5. You will be be starting to feel confident to experiment, extend and improvise the songs in your own unique ways!

In addition
If you are taking the two courses (Simple Steps and Simple Songs) together, you will also achieve the following outcomes:
– You are almost fully equipped with all the resources you need to demonstrate a deep understanding of Diversity to your peers and colleagues, plus, you are already using your bank of songs to showcase your own Diversity practice.
– You feel very well supported through the extra live coaching sessions you receive as part of your attendance on both courses and you are buzzing with your own ideas of how to take your creativity forward.

Week 6: Friendship Song (Citizenship/Respect Song)
Aim
We conclude the course with a lyrical waltz-style song that teaches citizenship and respect. The ‘Friendship Song’ encourages the children to recognise the value of friends and kindness through offering them a flower. By supporting the children to reach out to each other, we provide role-modelling of the best types of behaviours within a social setting.

Outcomes

  1. You will have completed your first set of songs to add to your own song-resource library
  2. You will understand the many ways in which songs cover a number of learning objectives simultaneously
  3. You will have gained the skill to focus on just one or two objectives each time you deliver a song
  4. You will have learnt some different musical terms (and instrument-names) and be able to follow the pattern of this song-melody
  5. You will be confident in knowing that delivering songs using this method allows you the freedom to adapt and extend the materials to suit your own context specifically
  6. You will have ideas, tips and experience in how to manage behavioural aspects of song delivery to children

In addition
If you are taking the two courses (Simple Steps and Simple Songs) together, you will also achieve the following outcomes:
– You can competently deliver a complete and balanced song-session that lasts for 30+ minutes and you have the resources, videos and documents you need to do this almost effortlessly.
– You have a deep understanding of the development of Diversity awareness in 3 – 7s and are ready to take your next steps along your own Diversity journey.
– You recognise and appreciate just how much more knowledgeable, informed and confident you are in your own musical and delivery abilities.

All our resources have been created and designed by experts so that you don’t need to spend any of your valuable time planning and researching for songs to promote Diversity. Through their repetitive structure and easy-to-follow actions, you will find they serve your needs while engaging the children, all at the same time!

YOU WILL LEARN

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  • how to deliver active songs in ways that enthuse, engage and energise your 3 – 7s • how to build musical momentum and musical memory while delivering a whole range of learning.
  • how to develop and extend songs so that they become a meaningful learning journey in your particular setting.
  • how to overcome your own musical and/or educational inhibitions so that you are viewed as a confident, skilled and knowledgeable practitioner.
  • how to pace your song delivery to prevent overwhelm and confusion in your 3 – 7 year olds.

Course Materials:

(included free when you enrol)

  • One song each week that you learn in depth so that you can confidently share it with your 3 – 7 year olds.
  • Bonus Songs
  • Videos
  • Backing tracks
  • Song resources for adults and children to share together

When is the course?

The course runs once each term. You can register your interest by clicking on the button below. We will then email you with all the details and latest information about the course.

Cost:

£57
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