Dance lessons are great fun but can be a little worrying for new teachers. Here are a set of web links that will help give ideas and build confidence:
School Radio – offers three co-ordinated series that provide a comprehensive Dance resource for KS1 and KS2 PE lessons.
Each of the series provides opportunities to respond to a range of stimuli including specially-composed music, stories and poetry.
The series develops from simple movements based on the children’s everyday experiences through to enabling them to create their own dances – as individuals, as groups and as a whole class. In each series the elements include composing, performing and appraising.
Arts Online – provides a set of dance starters:
“The 12 activities and ideas presented in this resource can be used as starter activities at the beginning of dance lessons, as a way of reviewing previously explored material and as learning activities within dance lessons related to the exploration of the elements of dance. (levels 1-8) “ (Arts Online)
Just looking through one idea, ‘The Ant and the Cicada’, I can see how much fun it would be.
Teacher’s TV offers a downloadable dance pack (below) with some great ideas: magnets in science, evacuation for WWII and more. This is archived but still available and really useful:
Jumpstart into Primary School Dance – is a blog that has built up a huge range of tips about running dance classes, it discusses what works well, how to keep things under control, etc.
PE Central – has a few great ideas for dance lessons: I love Star Wars, dancing with Dominic the Donkey, I want a hippopotamus for Christmas and the Mexican hat dance are ideas for starters.
Music, Dance and Drama – has a collection of Dance lessons and ideas created by a dancer called Caroline, AKA The Dance Lady. These dance activities will help children to understand the different kinds of exercise by introducing them to 3 characters: Mr Muscle, Miss Flexible and Captain Cardio.