Wokingham Today

Musical youth: new pre-school group tunes in

- By JOHN WAKEFIELD news@wokinghamp­aper.co.uk

FUN and games set to music is now on the menu at Hare Hatch Sheeplands coffee shop in Twyford on Friday mornings as part of a new initiative called Little Crotchets and Quavers.

A pre-school music club, it is aimed at youngsters aged between six months and four years old and uses music to boost children’s inquisitiv­e and creative skills.

Activities include singing, dancing and having fun by making percussive noises in a controlled manner.

Alex Clarke from Berkshire Music Society is running the classes.

He said: “The focus is to pave the way for children’s future emotional and intellectu­al developmen­t with a stimulatin­g musical environmen­t.

“Music is a great leveller as it brings people together. In this case parents meet other parents and children start the process of building lifelong friendship­s.”

At the end of their classes youngsters will be able to play basic rhythms with dynamics, read and clap short rhythmic patterns and play instrument­s together using different length notes.

The class for under threes is from 10am until 10.30am and the child must be accompanie­d by a parent.

The class for children aged four and five then runs from 10.45am until 11.15am.

There is a charge of £5 a child for each class.

Andrea Burlingham from Sheeplands said: “We have already had taster sessions and it is plain to see that the children have a wonderful time and are starting to learn future life skills while having fun.”

Creatures that slither, slide and wriggle were the focus of attention when Quirks Animal Roadshow visited Hare Hatch Sheeplands on Thursday last week.

Snakes, lizards, chameleons and even a giant rabbit were on display for young and old alike to admire, stroke and hold.

It was the first of two visits to Sheeplands by Quirks. They are there again today (Thursday), between noon and 3pm when more reptiles will be on display. Admission and parking are free.

 ??  ?? Erin Naidoo-Carlone from Twyford took her daughter Keshnee to meet Alex Clarke
Erin Naidoo-Carlone from Twyford took her daughter Keshnee to meet Alex Clarke
 ??  ?? Lorna Hatch from Wokingham holds Kammy, a panther chameleon
Lorna Hatch from Wokingham holds Kammy, a panther chameleon

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