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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Cinderella - Dance Lessons for Key Stage One

Cinderella - Dance Lessons for Key Stage One

A step by step guide to enable those who lack confidence in delivering dance. The lessons are clearly structured but allows the children to be fully active throughout the lessons, creating their own movement in response to ideas from the story. The plans 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.
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Gingerbread Man - Dance Lesson for KS1

Gingerbread Man - Dance Lesson for KS1

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.
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Little Red Riding Hood - Dance Lesson for KS1

Little Red Riding Hood - Dance Lesson for KS1

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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Orignal action rhymes with an outline of how they could be introduced and developed.

Orignal action rhymes with an outline of how they could be introduced and developed.

Aimed at pre-school and early years students. Simple rhymes to familiar tunes. Many of the rhymes focus on specific body parts and have clearly related actions, e.g. "Feet can take you for a walk & feet can make you hop; Feet can slide when on the ice or feet can make you stop..." There are 9 rhymes in total, so hopefully you'll find some to suit your needs.
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2 Dance lesson plans using candles as the stimulus

2 Dance lesson plans using candles as the stimulus

Suitable for y2 and above, these lesson plans use the shapes that candles are often in as well as melting & setting. 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. The lessons come with suggestions for suitable music & could complement themes such as Festival of Light, Changing States, 3D Shapes or Light & Dark. 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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A student resource pack to complement lessons based on British Social Dance in the 1930's & 40's.

A student resource pack to complement lessons based on British Social Dance in the 1930's & 40's.

Looking at pre-war dances such as the waltz & the factors that influenced this dance style, then how & why this rapidly changed during the war years to move towards dances like the Lindy Hop & Jive. The pack combines research tasks, practical tasks & information. Would suit upper key stage 3 or 4 students & the written/research tasks might be useful as a way of including students who are injured & unable to participate.
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