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Resources for teachers who want easy to deliver, creative lessons - but don't know where to start!
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!
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
Little Red Riding Hood - Dance Lesson for KS1
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Little Red Riding Hood - 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 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.
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.
Six dance lessons for KS1 using polar/wintery themes
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Six dance lessons for KS1 using polar/wintery themes

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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 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.
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.
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 - 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
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 - The Human Body
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Science Through Dance - The Human Body

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Dance lessons for KS2 covering key themes & information regarding Muscles & the Skeletal System; The Digestive System & The Heart & Circulatory System. Each lesson is aimed at the non specialist teacher & is in an easy to follow format allowing the delivery of a creative experience for the children without the teacher having to dance a step (unless you want to!) The lessons consolidate learning of the main information regarding the different organs & their functions. Each lesson includes hints and tips along the way - the skills for each element of the lesson are identified & there is a link for suitable music that is easily accessed via platforms such as iTunes, Spotify or YouTube. The lessons can be performed in any order (and you don’t need to cover all of them) - they can also be broken down into 2 or even 3 lessons if your lesson timings are short.
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 KS2 Tribal Dance lessons
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4 KS2 Tribal Dance lessons

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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!
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.
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.
Preparation for GCSE or BTEC Dance
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Preparation for GCSE or BTEC Dance

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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.
4 Dance lessons - Chocolate Making
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4 Dance lessons - Chocolate Making

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Four creative dance lessons covering the key steps in the process of chocolate making. Lesson 1 covers the pods growing on the trees & how they are harvested and fermented. Lesson 2 looks at drying, transporting & roasting. Lesson 3 looks at the winnowing process Lesson 4 covers grinding, mixing & refining the chocolate. Each lesson gives the children endless opportunities to decide how they will respond to the tasks which makes the lessons very inclusive of different abilities and levels of experience, whilst requiring the teacher to simply set the tasks (verbally) & give feedback. There are opportunities for team working and for groups to observe and give feedback. These lessons are very much written with the non specialist in mind, they are in a clear step-by-step format with hints along the way, they also include a suggestion for music that will suit, but please feel free to add your own choice.
6 Dance Lessons on The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe
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6 Dance Lessons on The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe

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6 step by step lesson plans to support the non-specialist teacher to deliver a high quality, creative dance experience. Each lesson plan comes with a link for suitable music as well as a breakdown of the skills that each section of the lesson focuses on. The lessons follow the story, the first covering the children’s evacuation to their Uncles house; the second playing hide & seek & Lucy discovering Narnia; the third with Edmund following Lucy & meeting the Witch; the fourth looks at the characters that the witch has turned to stone; the fifth where winter turns to spring & the final plan covers the battle. It is not essential to cover every lesson.
3 KS2 Dance Lessons on Japan
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3 KS2 Dance Lessons on Japan

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These 3 dance lessons cover themes of plate tectonics & how this affects Japan, Mount Fuji (volcanoes), The painting The Great Wave & tsunamis as well as the Japan being known as ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’ & its flag. All lesson plans are written in a step by step format taking you through the lesson logically, but with the focus being on the children generating the movement ideas rather than you teaching them ‘steps’ for them to recreate. With each section of the lesson there are hints and tips along the way regarding how to structure sections, or things to look out for… the key skill(s) of each section is also identified. There is a suggestion of the type of music you might use & a link to it… this is purely to save you time… feel free to select other music that you might prefer or think more suitable for your group. The lessons can be delivered in any order & they could be amalgamated at the end to create a ‘Japan’ dance.
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
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.