Beating A Path To New Skills

Theddlethorpe Academy pupils learn how to play the djembe drums to encourage multi-tasking and listening skills. They are: Harrison Bird (6), Daniel Coates (6), Olivia Briley (7), Crystal Deans (9), Renaldas Vitkus (10) and Lottie Hallam 10.

Drumming lessons are helping pupils to further develop their multi-tasking and listening skills.

The children in KS1 and KS2 take part in djembe drumming lessons for a whole term, where they learn about the origins of the drum, the different sounds it can make, and how to play a variety of rhythms. They also use their concentration and listening skills to play in a 'call and response' style, where the leader plays a rhythm which they play back.

Children are also given the opportunity to be creative and perform a solo bar whilst the others clap the beat.

Susan Cook, Principal of Theddlethorpe Academy, said: "The lessons really help the children to improve their listening skills and to develop "multi-tasking" at another level. I have watched how challenging it is to keep playing a rhythm. The children did really well."

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Theddlethorpe Academy Principal

Mrs Susan Cook

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David J Hampson