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Resources for teachers who want easy to deliver, creative lessons - but don't know where to start!
4 Dance lessons for ks2 on The Stone Age
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4 Dance lessons for ks2 on The Stone Age

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This pack includes 4 easy to follow dance lessons that cover cave paintings hunter gatherers moving from caves to simple houses into the Iron Age with the creation of weapons (battles). Each lesson comes with a link to suitable music as well as hints and tips along the way to help you to keep the children on task and challenged. There is also a side column indicates the key skill for each section of the lesson. The lessons are in step-by-step form that require the teacher to simply ask questions & set tasks - this allows the children to be very creative & it is also a very inclusive way of working. If you require any further support please feel free to contact me at cpring@live.co.uk
Science Through Dance - Space
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Science Through Dance - Space

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5 dance lessons aimed at ks2, that cover the science area of ‘The Earth & Space’ focusing on ~ The Solar System Rocky Planets & Gas Planets The Sun Journey into Space The Earth Each lesson plan is written in a detailed, step by step approach where the children are encouraged to work creatively and often co-operatively, this also assists with inclusivity and allows students to work at their own level. Hints & tips are included along the way to help you sustain the pace of the lesson, as well as a guide to the skills being developed in each section. A suggestion for suitable music is included, along with a link for iTunes - the music should also be available on other platforms such as Spotify & YouTube
KS1 Dance - Toy Story
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KS1 Dance - Toy Story

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5 Creative dance lessons suitable for ks1 or lower ks2 based on the original Toy Story film. The lessons focus on the characters & their qualities/attributes. These lessons have been written with covid 19 restrictions in mind & whilst still allowing the children to work together they do not require physical contact, limit travelling around the space and the activity level is moderate & sustained rather than high impact. Each lesson follows a simple step by step format where the teacher is simply required to ask questions to stimulate movement ideas in the children; there are hints & tips along the way to guide the teacher how long each task might last & what they can do to further support learning. Further to this the skills that each section of the lesson focus upon are noted in a column on the right. The lessons can be performed in any order & you do not need to cover all of them.
Dinosaur Dance lessons for KS1
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Dinosaur Dance lessons for KS1

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This pack includes 6 dance lessons aimed at Reception/year one. Three of the lessons link to the book ‘Dinosaur Roar!’ by Paul & Henrietta Stickland. Each lesson comes in an easy to follow step-by-step format, with hints & tips along the way & a clear indication of the skills they will be focusing on in every section of the lesson. At the end of the plan there is a suggestion of a piece of music that will complement the lesson (with the link to Youtube) to make it easy to access. The final lesson is a consolidation lesson - but the other lessons can be completed in any order - and you don’t have to do all of them!
Dance lessons linked to Greek Myths
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Dance lessons linked to Greek Myths

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

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

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

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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.
3 Dance lessons based on Wind in the Willows
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3 Dance lessons based on Wind in the Willows

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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.
Natural Disasters - 4 dance lesson plans ks2
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Natural Disasters - 4 dance lesson plans ks2

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4 dance lesson plans covering themes & ideas covering ‘Natural Disasters’. These cover Plate techtonics/earthquakes Volcanoes Tsunami Cyclones & floods All of which link closely to their understanding of the environment & they can be delivered in any order. Each plan enables the teacher to deliver the lesson simply by asking questions & setting creative tasks for the students - this encourages imaginative responses, high levels of engagement, opportunities for students to work together, share ideas, analyse and evaluate. The lessons are written in a clear formula & include hints & tips along the way as well as the key skill of each section being identified in the right hand column. This method of working is very inclusive of children with different physical abilities and levels of experience - it also includes an i-Tunes link for suitable music - the tracks suggested would also be available on other platforms such as Spotify or YouTube.
3 Dance Lessons on The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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3 Dance Lessons on The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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3 easy to follow lessons plans based on Eric Carle’s ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Each lesson plan comes with a music suggestion & is written in step-by-step form with the associated skills for each section being clearly highlighted. The lessons are designed for the teacher to simply ask questions & set tasks to allow the children to respond creatively. The lessons could be amalgamated in a final lesson to create a short performance piece of three distinct sections. The lessons could link easily with topics such as Life Cycles, Change, Spring or even healthy eating!
Science Through Dance - Forces
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Science Through Dance - Forces

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Step by step lesson plans for KS2 science - Forces - covering ~ What is a force? Magnetism Buoyancy Gravity Friction & Resistance through creative activity to introduce or consolidate understanding of the scientific principles. The lesson plans can be delivered in any order (and you don’t need to deliver all of them). Each step comes with hints and tips to help with classroom management as well as identifying good work and the skills the children will be developing. There is also a suggestion of suitable music that can be accessed through platforms such as iTunes, Spotify or YouTube. The lessons are inclusive allowing children to different levels of experience, physicalities or ages to work together. The teacher simply asks questions and sets tasks - there are no ‘routines’ to be learnt or taught.
3 Dance Lessons - Owl Babies
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3 Dance Lessons - Owl Babies

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3 creative dance lessons based on the story of Owl Babies by Martin Waddle. The first lesson covers the nest & could link to animal habitats, the second uses the idea of the owl babies coming out onto their various branches whilst waiting for their mother & uses the difference of the branch, the twig & the old ivy. The final lesson looks at the mother flying & returning to the nest. Each lesson comes in a step by step format & requires the teacher to simply ask questions & set tasks to allow the children to respond creatively. There are hints & tips along the way to assist, as well as a column indicating the key skill in each section of the lesson & a link to suitable music. If you require any further help please contact me at cpring@live.co.uk
Jack and the Beanstalk - Dance lessons for Key Stage One
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Jack and the Beanstalk - Dance lessons for Key Stage One

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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.
Gingerbread Man - Dance Lesson for KS1
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Gingerbread Man - Dance Lesson for KS1

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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 short list of suggested music that would suit this lesson for you to select from. The lesson would fit with themes such as Traditional Tales or Food.
Science Through Dance - Electricity
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Science Through Dance - Electricity

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2 Lesson plans for ks 2 covering ~ Conductors, insulators & power Generators & types of electricity Each lesson plan allows the children to generate their ideas by simply responding to tasks set by the teacher based on the scientific concepts - thus consolidating their understanding of the concepts through the physical. The plans come in simple to follow step-by-step format & there is a suggestion + a link for music that could accompany the lesson - the music can be easily accessed through platforms such as iTunes, Spotify or YouTube. Each step has snippets of advice for the teacher covering classroom management, differentiation, inclusion etc… Depending upon the age/experience of your students & the length of your lesson you may find that the plans can be further divided - they can be stand alone lessons or combined in any order.
Goldilocks & the 3 Bears - 3 Dance lessons
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Goldilocks & the 3 Bears - 3 Dance lessons

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Three easy to follow dance lessons following the story of Goldilocks that allow the children to be very active and creative. The first lesson plan follows Goldilocks travelling through the forest & entering the house. The second lesson introduces the porridge and the chairs. The third lesson has Goldilocks trying out the beds & the bears returning. A final lesson could be added to amalgamate the whole story. Each lesson plan includes suggested music (with a link to it), a column at the side that identifies the key skill for each section of the lesson as well as hints & tips along the way to help you identify good work and anticipate any possible problems. The lessons are very inclusive as they ask the children to find their own way of moving, they also do not require the teacher to dance along - but to ask questions & describe what they see the children doing.
Science Through Dance - Light & Dark
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Science Through Dance - Light & Dark

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3 dance lessons aimed at ks2 covering science themes of Light Reflections The Eye Each lesson plan is written in detailed step by step format that simply requires the teacher to ask questions & set tasks, thus allowing the children the opportunity to be creative in their responses & consolidating their knowledge of key scientific principles. The lessons include hints & tips to help you to support or challenge the students as appropriate. The skills of each section are clearly identified along with a suggestion for the music you might use - an iTunes link is included but the track will also be available on other platforms such as Spotify or YouTube.
Dance Lesson Plan by Powerpoint
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Dance Lesson Plan by Powerpoint

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This is an experiment for me. I’d really appreciate your feedback. I’ve put the stepping stones of a dance lesson for ks2 in the format of a powerpoint. (In the same way as I do in my written resources). So, as a teacher, you can either use the powerpoint for yourself or you could share it with the students so they use it to remind them what to do or become more independent. The benefits could include helping the students to stay on track less talk time by the teacher suitable for supply teachers to deliver help to support NQT’s as they develop their skills The music I would suggest using include… Storm 3000 by Leftfield (for y5 or 6) or Bubble & Slide by The Sabres of Paradise or Forbidden Colours by Sakamoto (for something gentle) or Black Sands by Bonobo (for y3 or 4). All of which should be available on iTunes, Spotify or You Tube. clairepringdance.com cpring@live.co.uk
Dance - scripted lesson for the nervous teacher
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Dance - scripted lesson for the nervous teacher

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For those of you who feel a little apprehensive about teaching dance I have tried something a little different. A power point that takes you through the lesson step by step by simply going from slide to slide & reading out the tasks for the children to do. (Alternatively you could project the tasks onto a whiteboard for them to work more independently). It is a creative lesson aimed at year 2, 3 or 4. The teacher just asks the children to ‘find a way…’ & it is up to them how they respond. I have suggested a piece of music to suit the lesson - but it would suit any gentle instrumental piece.