"I've been a Primary school teacher for 10 years and never followed a dance program or even danced before but I'm in the middle of the hall each Friday and joining in - thank you immensely!!”
"As soon as I came across this package I knew it was exactly what I have been searching for."
"Our staff have really enjoyed using them and found them to be a great support. The pupils love them particularly as we link them to their topics.”
"Thank you for the dance notes - they're fab! I'm using them with a Year 1 class as our topic is the Great Fire of London and the children (and myself!) are loving the music."
"I have thoroughly enjoyed delivering Dance Notes, and the children have certainly had enhanced PE lessons. Perfect! I have no hesitation at all in recommending your helpfulness and resources”
"Kids are loving it and it's helping me teach dance with confidence as well as securing their understanding of the topic.”
"I LOVE them!! The lesson plans are all there for you, and the additional notes are so useful. We should definitely share them with everyone else.”
"The notes are really clear and helpful with room for expanding or changing it to suit and I like the gentle progression and development each week."
"The lessons and music have gone down really well and the lesson plans were easy to follow and certainly increased my confidence in delivering dance.”
"They are well structured, sequenced well and include the technical vocabulary we all needed to ensure we are teaching high quality dance to our pupils."
Learning Through Doing
Child-centred learning is key to the Dance Notes method. In particular:
- Individual physical exploration allows children to gain body awareness & self-expression.
- Then teaming up with partners engenders trust, openness & communication.
- Working with larger groups subsequently instills leadership, cooperation & collaboration.
- And evaluating one another’s work invites critical thinking, mutual support & problem solving.
Children maintain ownership of their work throughout, thus generating their own ideas and finding ways to develop them. The teacher’s role, therefore, is simply to guide pupils within the framework as set-out in the Dance Notes schemes.
So, for teachers who fear that dance is a foreign language to them, there is no need to worry. Once you have the necessary resources, this is just like teaching any other subject.
All you need do is motivate, guide and inspire your class: which is, of course, what you do best.
Themed Lessons for KS1&2 Dance