Alanna and the Tree is designed for use with children aged 7-12. It was
written by Fergus
For information on performances or the full Alanna education pack, including a
CD and all the songs, contact Green
Planning a multimedia production would also be a good way of initiating cross-curricular
work between co-ordinators or heads of departments in music, art, science, ICT
and RE. Even if you cannot finalise a production, it can be very stimulating to
go through the process of deciding what could be done on a topic (e.g. on a CD-ROM
providing illustrated material covering several subject areas by and for children
of different abilities). This has the added advantage of helping several of you
at once fulfil your ICT training requirements!
At a simple class level, this would be a good subject for producing material differentiated
by ability. For example, a lesson and homework or series of them, might include,
group telling of the Alanna story and introduction to the songs
More background facts about Brazil are available here.
a research session for facts and pictures about the subject
small group work to decide content of resource to be produced. Each group should
include pupils with differing skills and abilities
- exploring ways in which the material can be presented effectively
- enabling each person to identify how they can contribute something which they
are good at e.g. music, art, writing, ICT, in however simple a way. Perhaps they could
compose a song or rainforest sounds.
work to finalise content
production of display and/or material.
and the tree
about the music
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