Woodside Primary School Building Phases
Some days were spent outside building large outdoor musical structures which would provoke sound exploration.
Children and staff were invited to try out the instruments which were mostly created using recycled material: half-round former fence posts, large plastic pipes and other. The children especially enjoyed the structure built on an old concrete semi-circle which included a water-station, a opti-viewing panel and various sound-making attachments..
Resources made included some portable musical instruments including cling-film drums.
The area to build the xylophones
Starting to place the notes
Testing the notes
The 2nd phase of building finished with annA and Matt
Testing from inside
Thwack-o-phone using tubes found at the school
Finished first xylophone with cling-film drums made by parents
Small portable xylophone
Thwack-o-phone and 8-note xylophone
Both wigwam xylos in place
Beaters in stand
Parents brought plants from home to trap in the cling-film wrapping
Parents made these beaters from thick twigs collected from the school grounds, and elastic bands
Parents making the cling-film drums
Lots of children visited and explored once we'd finished the xylophones
Some children started making their own designs and suggestions for more instruments
A guitar design
Children made outdoor art using materials we offered
This idea was surprising and interesting to the children
We also offered some building materials
Children had a go on annA's accordion
annA led a music-making session
The 2nd phase of building - the aim was to build a structure around this concrete semi-circle
Making the water-station
Children playing the bamboo chimes
Exploring the water-station
Using the 'washer-spinner'
Another larger thwack-o-phone with carpet beaters
A pulley and a speaking tube
This spare perspex made interesting light for the 'stage'
Scaffold-pole chimes and door-viewer panel