Last Updated: Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Junk orchestra – early level

What is this?

This activity is designed to encourage children to think about how we can reuse and recycle materials to make something useful and creative. They will make musical instruments from junk materials, explore sound, and make musical sequence.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: Early level

“The defining feature of being a young active learner is the need to widen experiences and learning in all areas of development.” (Realising the Ambition: Being Me. Page 21)

Technologies

  • To help care for the environment, I reduce, re-use and recycle the resources I use. (TCH 0-06a)

Expressive arts

  • I have the freedom to use my voice, musical instruments and music technology to discover and enjoy playing with sound and rhythm. (EXA 0-17a)

Purpose of the activity

This activity will enable the children to develop their knowledge and skills of recycling materials for a specific purpose. They will develop their creativity, problem solving, music and performance skills.

Learning activity

  • Discuss with the children what they have learned over the past few weeks about recycling. The focus should be on how we can re-use materials for a different purpose. Ask children to find different items around their houses which they could use to make their own musical instrument. This could be a yoghurt tub filled with dry rice and covered with paper as a shaker or a plastic bottle filled with pasta.
  • Allow the children to explore with an adult a variety of materials so that they can use their imagination and problem-solving skills to design musical instruments. For example, a cereal box cut out on the front with elastic tied tightly across it like a guitar. Encourage the children to create a variety of different instruments.
  • Discuss with the children the kind of music they could make with their instruments and then together try to make a continuous piece of music from a sequence of sounds. You may find this link to be helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBxFWCVLnEI
  • Discuss with the children what they have learned over the past few weeks about recycling. The focus should be on how we can re-use materials for a different purpose. Ask children to find different items around their houses which they could use to make their own musical instrument. This could be a yoghurt tub filled with dry rice and covered with paper as a shaker or a plastic bottle filled with pasta.
  • Allow the children to explore with an adult a variety of materials so that they can use their imagination and problem-solving skills to design musical instruments. For example, a cereal box cut out on the front with elastic tied tightly across it like a guitar. Encourage the children to create a variety of different instruments.
  • Discuss with the children the kind of music they could make with their instruments and then together try to make a continuous piece of music from a sequence of sounds. You may find this link to be helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBxFWCVLnEI

Extension activity

  • Children could work on a solo performance using their newly created instrument.

National Benchmarks

Technologies

  • Understands what can be reduced, re-used and recycled.

Expressive Arts

  • Shares views and listens appropriately to the views of others, for example, states if the music is fast/slow or loud/quiet.

Possible approach to assessing learning

When planning your approach to assessing learning, please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.

  • Children can self and peer assess their instruments to determine if they could be improved in any way.
  • They could record their musical performance and discuss areas of improvement.