Our 'Wonder of Sound' science workshop makes the most of the amazing properties of sound to not only teach the basics of the physics behind the sounds we hear, but also to extend pupils' knowledge about the history of recorded sound which led to the recording of the songs that they listen to today.
This story is told via an interactive presentation, filled with factual science and historical examples of the development of sound and its essential uses through the ages, such as a demonstration of a bell inside a vacuum chamber to show how sound travels through air and many more fun front of class activities.
The workshop then continues with pupils listening to a real 1898 Thomas Edison phonograph before making their own paper strip music box songs, to listen to in the workshop and to keep as a memento for home or your topic books.
ACTIVITIES IN THIS WORKSHOP:
(This can be for one class, several classes in turn, or choose one activity as part of a multi science day with other classes)
THIS SCIENCE WORKSHOP
AT A GLANCE
A half day or a single 1 hr session
as part of a multi science day
For this year group as per the 2014 National Curriculum:
NC objectives covered:
identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating /Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear / find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it
1. PRESENTATION ON THE SCIENCE AND HISTORY OF SOUND
One of the most popular musical instruments for hundreds of years, music boxes have a unique sound that are familiar to many people throughout the world.
Pupils look at how a music box produces sound before cutting their own paper music strips to play in the bespoke music boxes provided. After their songs have been played in the workshop, they are then free to take home or paste into topic books as a memento of their learning.
2. MAGNIFICENT MUSIC BOXES
This timeline-based presentation takes pupils through the core science of how sound is produced, covering all the NC topic objectives with fun front of class demonstrations and mini experiments for pupils to take part in.
We then move on to the history of recorded sound with a look at the development of the phonograph leading into the music making task later on.
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