Littlemagictrain Resource Packs

Each session in the resource pack has an individual theme with music that has been specifically composed and recorded for the adventure.

The action of going on the Littlemagictrain allows the children to enter the make believe world and they become more imaginative and creative whilst learning about the world around them.

Continue the learning by creating masterpieces, from downloads on the website, for example they can design their ‘Rocket’ and then junk model or even build one with blocks or boxes so they can actually fit inside (problem solving, creativity, gross and fine motor skills).

The options are endless!

pack1

12 Sessions

  • Visiting the Bears
  • Picnic on the Moon
  • Toy store 
  • Woodland Walk
  • Under the Sea
  • Amazon Adventure
  • Visit to the Zoo
  • North Pole
  • Tea with the Queen
  • Feeding the ducks
  • Beside the seaside
  • African safari

Resource Pack One

Introduction
Information on Littlemagictrain and instructions on how use the Practitioner notes to run a session.

Practitioner Notes
Guidance for delivery of each section helping to build your confidence to deliver the sessions.

Illustrations
Each session has a set of between 3 to 5 fun bright illustrations, which move the storyline forwards.

Music
2 CD’s with a total of 82 tracks of music specifically created and composed for Littlemagictrain.

1 x Wooden Train Whistle
(not for children; for adults to use in sessions)

200 x Littlemagictrain Stickers

Available from my Online Shop - please click on the link below:

Resource Pack One

pack2-300

6 Sessions

  • Kanga at the North Pole
  • Football on the Moon
  • Royal visit to the beach
  • Royal dip under the sea
  • Teatime
  • Kanga in the Amazon

Resource Pack Two

This pack has been developed to consolidate the learning from sessions 1-12 with new music, storylines and illustrations.

Take advantage of the special offer if you purchase with Pack 1.

Practitioner Notes
Guidance for delivery of each section helping to build your confidence to deliver the sessions.

Illustrations
Each class has a set of between 3 to 5 fun bright illustrations, which move the storyline forwards.

Music
1 CD with 39 tracks of music specifically created and composed for Littlemagictrain.

100 x littlemagictrain stickers

Available from my Online Shop - please click on the link below:

Resource PackTwo

The Music for the Littlemagictrain Programme

A note from the musicians:

"The music for Littlemagictrain was commissioned specially by Gina Bale for the classes in this pack. It is the result of two musical collaborations: CDs 1 and 2 were composed and played by Jonathan Still and Daniel Jones, CD3 by Jonathan Still and Andrew Holdsworth. All three of them have over twenty years experience of music in the dance world, whether it’s working with pre-school children or with some of the biggest stars of the international ballet scene: dancer Daniel Jones as a soloist with English National Ballet, musician Jonathan Still as pianist for ballet schools and companies, and music producer Andrew Holdsworth playing for ballet classes and recording music projects for dance schools and companies.

We styled the music according to whatever seemed to fit the stories and characters, adding layers of musical interest where we could that you might or might not hear consciously. So for example, we’ve used a large range of styles, tempos, metres, different instruments and dynamics. As well as familiar pop and rock styles, there are jazz waltzes, polkas, jigs, slow tempos, fast tempos, threes, fours, and sixes. There’s a twisting jellyfish, a galloping horse, a sarabanding green turtle and a jiving kangaroo. You’ll hear siren whistles, swannee whistles, a theremin, an Otamatone, kazoos, windchimes and sound effects that we spent a lot of time getting just right: pretending to be a fishy choir with your head in a bucket of water, playing the kazoo like a squirrel, and singing like a jellyfish.

Teachers may recognise some of the influences and styles – dance rhythms, Michael Jackson, heavy metal, Italian piano house, opera, ballet, Motown, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, R&B, Brazilian, Spanish, Irish and Scottish folk, and several others that we don’t have names for. There are quotations from songs, even an opera (the Kangaroo sings Your tiny hand is frozen from La Bohème before warming up with a hand-jive, based on the same tune). You’ll hear When the boat comes in (“he shall have a fishy on a little dishy…”) when the animals are eating at the north pole, and the Irish tune As I went out upon the ice as they jump up and down. While you’re making sandcastles, you’ll hear the old musical hall song “Oh I do Like to Be Beside the Seaside.” We couldn’t resist throwing in a few ballet jokes, too, like Aurora the Elephant (a famous piece for the ballerina in Sleeping Beauty, turned into a solo for the double bass) or the Swan Lake cygnets who became the Bombay Ducks. Listen carefully, and you’ll hear What shall we do with the drunken sailor? You might even hear Twinkle twinkle little star hidden under the sea somewhere, but you don’t have to: our aim was to make the music a lot of fun, and fire children’s imagination with music and sounds along with the stories and pictures." 

Jonathan Still, August 2014

Composed and performed by: Jonathan Still: piano, acoustic bass, keyboards, programming, various instruments Daniel Jones: guitar, cavaquinho, various instruments Andrew Holdsworth guitars, drums, programming, bass, keyboards, various instruments, engineering and production. With: Tony Woollard: Cello (The Train) Charlie Brown: Violin (Green turtles)

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