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Resources for teachers who want to deliver creative lessons but don't know where to start!

Resources for teachers who want to deliver creative lessons but don't know where to start!
3 Dance lessons on London

3 Dance lessons on London

Three easy to follow dance lessons written with the non-specialist in mind. Each lesson plan comes in a simple step by step format that keeps the children very active & encourages them to use their imagination & creativity throughout but requires the teacher to simply ask questions & set tasks. The lessons can be delivered in any order & they cover ‘The London Underground’; ‘The River Thames’ and ‘Big Ben’. Each lesson comes with extra ideas that can be used if there is time in the lessons, alternatively the lesson could be repeated & these extra tasks could be used to progress the theme. The lessons come with suggestions for suitable music - these are easily accessed through the internet & will complement the movement ideas & style.
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Preparation for GCSE or BTEC Dance

Preparation for GCSE or BTEC Dance

A unit on choreography that would help year 9 students prepare for GCSE or BTEC level 2 Dance. Aimed at teachers with some knowledge and confidence in delivering dance the pack guides the students through an 11 week scheme (but feel free to dip in & out to suit your needs) & helps students through the process of creating and crafting a piece of dance as well as reflecting upon the process & developing their understanding of the correct terminology.
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4 KS1 dance lessons using a poem 'Under the Sea'

4 KS1 dance lessons using a poem 'Under the Sea'

This pack includes 4 step by step creative dance lessons suitable for KS1 or lower KS2. Each lesson links to ideas from a poem ‘Under the Sea’ and enables the children to explore a wide range of actions & physical skills. The lessons come with music suggestions that are easily accessed through the internet, alternatively feel free to add your own choice. The lessons are written with the non-specialist in mind & hints and tips are included to help you to create a positive working environment without having to dance a step yourself! Lesson 1 looks at swimming, limpets and coral reefs; Lesson 2 links with octopus, jellyfish, starfish & dolphins; Lesson 3 uses sharks, sea snails and hermit crabs & Lesson 4 explores building sandcastles, gathering shells & paddling/splashing in the sea & these can be performed in any order.
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4 KS2 Tribal Dance lessons

4 KS2 Tribal Dance lessons

Four lessons for KS2 students using the theme of Tribal Dance - linking to the Haka and African dance. The lessons come in a simple step-by-step format with the first exploring different formations & analysing the types of action typically found in traditional tribal dances like the Haka. The following lesson uses Question & Answer to communicate the competitive situation. The third lesson uses contrast and complement to create a battle & the final lesson reflects celebratory dances of Africa. All the lessons come with a suggestion for the music that could be used and they can be linked to create a narrative dance. There are links to examples on YouTube to help you illustrate the cultural links - but the lessons do not require the teacher to dance - but please feel free to do so if you feel confident!
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Firework dance lessons KS1 & 2

Firework dance lessons KS1 & 2

Creative dance lessons in a step by step format for those under confident with teaching dance. The lessons include ‘Sparklers’, ‘Rockets’, ‘Helicopters, Pistils and Comets’ & ‘Guy Fawkes’. The lessons come with a suggestion for music that is easily sourced via the internet. The lessons include guidance for the teacher - e.g. when to add music, the sort of feedback you might give and how you might arrange sharing/feedback opportunities. If you require any further information or support please feel free to email me - my address is included with the notes. Each lesson has been tried and tested in a number of primary schools & they do not require the teacher to dance a step!
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Dance for KS1

Dance for KS1

A collection of themed dance lessons suitable for KS1. The lessons are very active, creative and require the teacher to simply set tasks and describe what they see.
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3 Dance lessons based on Wind in the Willows

3 Dance lessons based on Wind in the Willows

3 Dance lessons suitable for upper KS1 or lower KS2 based on the Kenneth Greene novel The Wind in the Willows. Each lesson is creative & simply requires the teacher to ask the children questions to inspire them to move - all of which are laid out in a simple step-by-step format. The first lesson uses the idea of the river, it’s bank & the plant life often found in such settings. The second lesson uses Mole’s spring clean as a starting point, this is developed into partner work as we introduce Ratty & their journey down the river. Finally we meet Toad in the episode with this motor car & travelling haphazardly along the country lanes. Music is suggested for each lesson which is easily accessed via the internet, but feel free to add your own! The lessons are designed to keep the children moving throughout the lesson & to develop their own ideas.
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Dance lessons linked to Greek Myths

Dance lessons linked to Greek Myths

For anyone teaching the Ancient Greeks or Greek Myths here are 3 easy to deliver, creative dance lessons that will have your students active, fire their imaginations and develop their creative skills and team working. The first lesson uses the sailing ship crashing onto the island of Crete; the second explores the maze and the third lesson uses the theme of the battle. These could be developed further by being linked together to creative the narrative & then further still by being repeated in reverse order to show Theseus leaving the maze and returning home. The lessons come with suggestions for instrumental music that can be accessed through itunes or YouTube. If you require any further help or support I deliver inset to help your school devise and deliver high quality dance lessons linked to curriculum themes.
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4 KS1dance/drama lessons on Pirates!

4 KS1dance/drama lessons on Pirates!

Easy to follow step by step lessons that cover the ideas of pirate ships, setting sail over the seven seas, treasure maps and making shelter on a desert island. Each lesson allows the students to generate their own ideas & encourages the children to keep moving, be imaginative and develop their team working/choreographic skills. Comes with a suggestion for suitable music.
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Six dance lessons for KS1 using polar/wintery themes

Six dance lessons for KS1 using polar/wintery themes

A step by step guide to enable those who lack confidence in delivering dance. The lesson is clearly structured but allows the children to be fully active throughout the lesson, creating their own movement in response to ideas from the story. The plan includes a guide of what you hope to see for each element of the lesson to help you assess the children and develop their skills. There is a music suggestion for each lesson. The lessons would fit with themes such as habitats, polar regions, winter; but individual lessons within the plan also look at explorers, winter sports, penguins & snow.
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The Iron Man by Ted Hughes - active learning

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes - active learning

For KS2 students, the 3 lessons use movement to highlight and embed knowledge & understanding of the story. Can be used with or without music. Each lesson comes in step by step form to help teachers develop a logical progression to their work, there are also hints & tips to enable you to challenge and support the learning of your students.
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3 Dance lessons based on The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

3 Dance lessons based on The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.

Suitable for lower KS2 these step by step dance lessons use themes from the story - the first looks at the Iron Man on the farm & eating machinery, the second is the arrival of the Space-Bat-Angel-Dragon & the final uses the battle. All are highly creative lessons that requires the teacher to simply ask questions & set tasks, which in turn allows the children to create their own actions & to keep moving for the duration of the lesson. The plans comes with a suggestion of suitable music.
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Dance lesson using the theme of cave paintings

Dance lesson using the theme of cave paintings

An easy to follow dance lesson suitable for upper KS1 or lower KS2 that uses cave painting to help the children generate shapes and actions. Does require the teacher to print off some cave painting images for the children to look at & use. A very creative lesson that will allow the children to keep moving, be imaginative and develop their team working/choreographic skills. Comes with a suggestion for suitable music.
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Dance lesson using playground equipment as the stimulus

Dance lesson using playground equipment as the stimulus

Suitable for KS1 or lower KS2 this step by step dance lesson uses swings, roundabouts, slides & seesaws to get the children travelling, turning & raising/lowering. A highly creative lesson that allows all of the children to create their own actions & to keep moving for the duration of the lesson. The plan comes with a suggestion of suitable music.
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Traditional Tales Bundle

Traditional Tales Bundle

Creative dance lesson plans where the teacher simply asks questions to prompt movement responses in the children. Cinderella, The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood.
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Dance lessons on seed dispersal & life cycles of plants.

Dance lessons on seed dispersal & life cycles of plants.

Suitable for y3 and above, these two detailed lesson plans use seed dispersal methods to encourage the children to travel using a range of dynamics. The lesson on life cycles of plants encourages the children to develop their sequencing skills and movement memory whilst embedding their understanding of the process. The lessons are creative and allow the children to devise their own movement material (rather than learning any step pattern). The lessons come with suggestions for suitable music & could complement themes such as our environment, life cycles, Spring, plants. I have assumed that lessons run for approximately 45 minutes, so you may well find that you have more than 2 lessons here if you hall time is less or that your children have little prior experience of dance.
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Ideas for a desperate dance teacher

Ideas for a desperate dance teacher

A bag of resources aimed at those who have been asked to deliver creative dance but really have no idea where to start! Each idea starts with a creative introduction & then is followed up with a selection of ideas for you to select from to suit your group/theme/ages of the children. The lessons require the teacher to be the 'task setter' through verbal instructions only - feel free to dance if you want to, but it isn't at all necessary. Each idea has been tried & tested with a range of groups & comes with a suggestion of the music you might want to use, but they are very flexible & will match with a wide range of accompaniment. Once the students have created their responses it is then simply a matter of piecing them together like a jigsaw... there are no wrong or right answers - so either follow your instinct or ask the group to decide how they can structure this best (after watching each others work).
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Dance lesson based on the London Underground map

Dance lesson based on the London Underground map

Suitable for upper KS1 or lower KS2 this dance lesson uses the London Underground map as a stimulus to get the children travelling & stopping, passing through each other, following, connecting and separating. A highly creative lesson that will have the children busy and stimulate their imagination. Includes a suggestion for suitable music.
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KS2 Dance lessons based on the theme of castles

KS2 Dance lessons based on the theme of castles

Suitable for y3 and above, these three lesson plans use the structure of castle buildings and how they were attacked and defended. The lessons are creative and allow the children to devise their own movement material (rather than learning any step pattern) as a solo and in groups. I would suggest that suitable music might be Phat Planet by Leftfield, Battle Without Honour or Humanity by Electric Samurai or Theme from the film The Matrix & these lessons could complement themes such as buildings, the middle ages or invaders. I have assumed that lessons run for approximately 45 minutes, so you may well find that you have more than 3 lessons here if you hall time is less or that your children have little prior experience of dance.
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Jack and the Beanstalk - Dance lessons for Key Stage One

Jack and the Beanstalk - Dance lessons for Key Stage One

A step by step guide to enable those who lack confidence in delivering dance. The lesson is clearly structured but allows the children to be fully active throughout the lesson, creating their own movement in response to ideas from the story. The plan includes a guide of what you hope to see for each element of the lesson to help you to assess the children and develop their skills. There is a short of list of music that would suit this lesson for you to select from. This lesson would fit with themes such as Traditional Tales or Forests.
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Dance lesson plans based on 'Penguin Small' by Mick Inkpen

Dance lesson plans based on 'Penguin Small' by Mick Inkpen

A series of 5 detailed lesson plans suitable for key stage one, that take inspiration and ideas from Mick Inkpen's lovely story. Each lesson allows the children to create their own movement ideas so the teacher is free to guide, observe, describe and enjoy. The lessons are themed around the story & follow the narrative, they are ~ Lesson 1 - Penguin Small watched his friends plop into the ocean & swim away Lesson 2 - The polar bears were in a terrible mood Lesson 3 - The island was a wonderful place Lesson 4 - All night long the storm blew Lesson 5 - I can fly! I can fly!
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