COVID-19 Guidelines for KS 1 & 2 Dance

Latest Government Guidelines, Relevant to KS1 & 2 Dance

With so much information around at the moment, you may be feeling rather overwhelmed. So, we’ve put together relevant passages from the latest government COVID-19 guidelines for you. Please get in touch if you need any further help or advice.

About These Guidelines

The text quoted is from the government’s document ‘Guidance for full opening: schools’.

We have chosen the sections for you that appear most relevant to Key Stage 1 & 2 Dance and highlighted key information for quick reference. However, you may wish to read the text in full, to ensure a thorough understanding of the context in which these appear.

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Please note: all quoted text are the government’s COVID-19 guidelines and not advice from Dance Notes or its parent company Madmusik.

Guidelines for Key Stages 1 & 2 Learning

Taken from the section titled ‘Specific points for early years foundation stage (EYFS) to key stage 3’.

“For pupils in key stages 1 and 2, school leaders are expected to prioritise identifying gaps and re-establish good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics), identifying opportunities across the curriculum so they read widely, and developing their knowledge and vocabulary. The curriculum should remain broad, so that the majority of pupils are taught a full range of subjects over the year, including sciences, humanities, the arts, physical education/sport, religious education and relationships and health education.”

Music, Dance and Drama in School

Not specific to key stage 1 & 2. You may want to interpret these with reference to COVID-19 guidelines for your key stage or year group.

“All pupils should have access to a quality arts education. Music, dance and drama build confidence and help children live happier, more enriched lives, and discover the joy of expressing themselves. There may, however, be an additional risk of infection in environments where singing, chanting, playing wind or brass instruments, dance and drama takes place.

Additional mitigations, such as extended social distancing, were previously required for singing, and playing of wind and brass instruments given concerns that these were potentially higher risk activities. Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has commissioned further scientific studies to be carried out to develop the scientific evidence on these activities, which has allowed the government to reconsider appropriate mitigations and further research is continuing.

Singing, wind and brass instrument playing can be undertaken in line with this and other guidance, in particular guidance provided by the DCMS for professionals and non-professionals, available at working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): performing arts. However, these studies have also indicated that it is the cumulative aerosol transmission from both those performing in and attending events is likely to create risk. DCMS is continuing to develop a more detailed understanding of how to mitigate this potential aggregate risk, but in that context, organisations should follow the guidance set out below.

Schools that offer specialist, elite provision in music, dance and drama may also wish to consider this guidance alongside the DCMS guidance on the performing arts.”

Minimising contact between individuals

Not specific to key stage 1 & 2. You may want to interpret these with reference to COVID-19 guidelines for your key stage or year group.

“You must do everything possible to minimise contacts and mixing. Your overarching objective should be to reduce the number of contacts between pupils/students and staff. This can be achieved through keeping groups separate (in bubbles) and through maintaining the social distance between individuals. These are not alternative options. Both measures will help, but the balance between them will change depending on the age of pupils, the layout of the building, and the feasibility of keeping groups separate from each other while offering a broad curriculum. If staff need to move between classes and year groups, they should try and keep their distance from pupils and other staff as much as they can, ideally 2 metres from other adults.

You should take particular care in music, dance and drama lessons to observe social distancing where possible. This may limit group activity in these subjects in terms of numbers in each group. It will also prevent physical correction by teachers and contact between pupils in dance and drama.

Additionally, you should keep any background or accompanying music to levels which do not encourage teachers or other performers to raise their voices unduly. If possible, use microphones to reduce the need for shouting or prolonged periods of loud speaking or singing. If possible, do not share microphones. If they are shared, follow the guidance on handling equipment.”


Not specific to key stage 1 & 2. You may want to interpret these with reference to COVID-19 guidelines for your key stage or year group..

“If planning an indoor or outdoor face-to-face performance in front of a live audience, schools should follow the latest advice in the DCMS performing arts guidance, implementing events in the lowest risk order as described. If planning an outdoor performance they should also give particular consideration to the guidance on delivering outdoor events.”

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