Our final Creative Fortnight of the year was planned to coincide with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and so we were exploring ‘Decades’ and year 4 were lucky enough to have the 1970s. We were all very excited to begin exploring the era but there was just so much to cover from fashion, to music, to technology, to games and toys and the prices of things in shops, not to mention that they changed to using decimals in this era!
1970s Creative Week
As music and dancing was such a big part of the 70s we decided to start here listening to the music and seeing which songs the children recognised! Then we got them to make their own ‘mash ups’ using bits of music from popular songs. We used this as an opportunity to compare whether it was best to use all technology or no technology in this circumstance; we had two groups ‘Lo tech’ and ‘Hi tech’. The Lo tech groups were creating their mashups by selecting the lyrics they wanted to use and then performing them in front of an audience. The Hi tech groups were using Audacity to chop the existing songs and try to merge them together. You can see the results on the class blog here: http://bvsyear4.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/70s-mashups/
The children also created Platinum discs (this was the messy lesson which parents joined us for!) as they were first given in the 1970s, they awarded theirs to themselves for something they felt they had achieved this year.
We also looked at popular attractions and games at this time which included Monopoly (not invented in this year but popular throughout the decades) and Walt Disney World Florida opening. We designed our own versions of the Monopoly game and maps for the Walt Disney Theme Parks.
At the end of week 1 I tried something a little different with a group of hardworking girls, some of who can sometimes be overlooked within class. I asked them if they would like to create something for the blog reflecting on the first week of the Creative Fortnight, what they had enjoyed and what they had learnt. They said that they would like to and I left it at that, saying they needed to come up with ideas, make a plan and then I would provide them with any equipment they needed. You can see what they created here: http://bvsyear4.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/creative-fortnight-1970s/
I gave this group an incredible amount of freedom to do this activity which can often be quite daunting with children but they were able to think about what they wanted to do and how they wanted to do it. It may not be the best piece of movie making you have seen, even for children of this age group but considering they had not seen, let alone touched, the voice recorders or these cameras before February I thought it was an impressive start. I am hoping that as children become more and more exposed to these everyday technologies they will be offered more opportunities to create something without the over-scaffolding of teachers.
Finally, for the last afternoon where parents come in and we showcase all that we have been learning we had some children having great fun demonstrating how to do the Night Fever dance in the hall and laid a very special disco dance floor in the middle of the shared area. It had its own disco ball and I think it made the shared area look fab, it’s a shame we couldn’t keep it!