Sing and Swing
– Elizabeth Henderson
This is the planning for ‘Sing and Swing’, as delivered at Three Ways School in Bath.
Sing and Swing provides a familiar, consistent format through which individual pupils or groups (working
on the floor, on a one to one basis) can experience and develop engagement and a range of preverbal and interaction skills.
Repetitive words (reflecting the active or assisted movements of the whole body / isolated body parts) are set to familiar
tunes which are sung by the adults (and verbal pupils) present. This gives opportunity for the songs to be repeated at various
tempos, volumes and in different styles, as suggested by the responses of the pupils. Individuals are given space, time and
encouragement to join in, and then to investigate, discover and initiate new movements, which are then incorporated into the
session. The songs can be sung in any order and repeated as often as appropriate. The session should be led by the pupils
and their needs. At Three Ways School, we monitor progress against each pupil’s own targets using a recording format
based on the CLDD Research Project engagement indicators (Carpenter et al, 2011).
It is a very simple format, but is only of value if delivered well, by staff who really understand
pupils at early developmental levels (apologies for stating the obvious to experienced practitioners!)
We have wonderful results and
are able to record real (and useful) progress using this as one of our wide range of approaches with learners up to about
P4 (and very young pupils of higher ability). Sing and Swing is a timetabled lesson for our mixed ability reception
class. The song about ‘patting’ is a relatively new addition and was inspired only last term by a verbal 4 year
old who absolutely adores Sing and Swing. One week he went ‘off piste’ and we just followed his lead…
Consultant Speech and Language Therapist
Ways School, Bath.
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