Victorians (KS2)

Victorians (KS2)

Learn how the Industrial Revolution saw Victorians enjoying great innovation. But children also had to work in mines & factories. Through dance, explore machines, transport and childhood…

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Rough & Tumble (KS2)

Rough & Tumble (KS2)

Can’t engage boys in dance? Think again! Let’s face it; all children like to Rough & Tumble. This scheme appeals to & harnesses boys’ (and, of course, girls’) innate spirit of adventure, mischief and cunning.

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India’s Festival of Colours (KS2)

India's Festival of Colours (KS2)

Join India’s Festival of Colours – the ‘Holi Festival’. Fizz and pop as you burn your worries on a bonfire. Create a celebratory dance. And throw colours to signify fire, mischief, light and calm.

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Africa! (KS2)

Africa! (KS2)

Taking music, text and images as their stimuli, pupils work solo, with partners and in groups to explore the Africa theme. And, in so doing, they try their hand at simple choreography…

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The River (KS2)

The River (KS2)

Explore suspension, fall & release.  Embody the flow and movement of the river and the resistance of a dam. Then, using poetry as a stimulus, work together to create a group improvisation…

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The Caribbean (KS2)

Create moves based on traditional dances from these beautiful islands. Find out who the real pirates of the Caribbean were. Then, set sail in your very own pirate ship.

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The Rainforest (KS2)

The Rainforest (KS2)

Work in pairs & groups to experience the world of animals and trees in the tropical rainforest. But what is happening to this habitat? Why are the trees being felled? And why do we need them?…

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Circus (KS2)

Circus (KS2)

Silly clown routines, tightrope, juggling, trapeze: it’s all here at the circus. And what a fun way to explore travelling, balance, support, transitions and – of course – performance…

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The Romans (KS2)

The Romans (KS2)

Do battle with the most organised of forces: the Romans. Learn attack & defense formations with these expert warriors. This is a great way for your pupils to experience spatial and group work…

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Alice in Wonderland (KS2)

Alice in Wonderland (KS2)

Meet and become the colourful characters from the classic tale ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Have a tea party with the Mad Hatter, then play cards with the Queen of Hearts!

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Machines (KS2)

Machines (KS2)

Create your own machines with the whole class. Enjoy this truly dynamic dance exploration, incorporating solo, duet and group work. And there’s plenty of interaction and lots of contrasts to discover too…

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The Mayans (KS2)

The Mayans (KS2)

Investigate and recreate the Mayans’ structures, their agriculture, gods and writings. Then imagine what happened to this amazing civilisation. What caused it to disappear?…

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Magnets & Forces (KS2)

Magnets & Forces (KS2)

Science can be fun with Magnets & Forces. Explore attraction, repulsion and the forces behind them. This is a great way to approach partner work, moving through the space and combining into groups.

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World War I (KS2)

World War I (KS2)

From tearful goodbyes, to working in the fields and factories, how was life at home during World War I? And what was it like in the front-line trenches? Through movement, relive this iconic period in world history…

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Battle of Troy (KS2)

Battle of Troy (KS2)

How would you represent the giant wooden horse, with soldiers hidden inside, at the Battle of Troy? Here you can find out. And learn how combat can lead to some surprising moves…

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All At Sea (KS2)

All At Sea (KS2)

From pirates, to fishing boats, shark attacks to storms, it all happens at sea. Work individually, in pairs and in larger groups to immerse yourselves in this watery theme….

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Anglo Saxons (KS2)

Anglo Saxons (KS2)

Learn how the Anglo Saxons lived. Imagine what their dwellings, work and pastimes were like. Then become warriors, defending your King and paying tribute to your many gods…

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America (KS2)

America (KS2)

Use famous landmarks to generate ideas, then focus on the South of this amazing continent – America. With its colourful traditions, rich landscape and varied wildlife, it will inspire all kinds of movement…

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Monsters (KS2)

Monsters (KS2)

‘Monsters’ is a fun way to learn about interacting, spacial awareness, performance and choreography – for this monstrous dance, pupils can also make their own masks!

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Ice & Fire (KS2)

Ice & Fire (KS2)

Evolve from solo sparks into flames. Then duet with other flames, building into a group fire.  Explore the contrasting qualities of ice & fire: the fluidity of water with the rigid, angular qualities of ice…

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Building (KS2)

Building (KS2)

When we think of ‘building’, do we mean a physical edifice? Or the act of creating a structure?  Or both? Pupils experience building small units of movement into a whole, structured dance…

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Chocolate (KS2)

Chocolate (KS2)

Explore the chocolate-making process. Then search for a coin to buy a ‘Wonka’ bar. This wins the golden ticket and you meet the Umpa Loompas. Which leads you into a wonderful mouth-watering landscape.

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Outer Space (KS2)

Outer Space (KS2)

What do we know about outer space? If we created a planet, what would it be like? How do aliens move? Pupils collaborate to physically explore these and other ideas…

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Selfies & Photos (KS2)

Selfies & Photos (KS2)

What are photos for? How do we frame them? Where do we put them? How do celebrities pose  for selfies? Are we photographs? This snappy topic develops into solo, duet & group work…

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The Pyramids (KS2)

The Pyramids (KS2)

Slaves were set to work on the construction of the pyramids in this advanced yet harsh regime. Discover the world of ancient Egypt for yourselves through movement.

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Rocks & Soil (KS2)

Rocks & Soil (KS2)

Derive ideas from science using text, images and poetry as stimuli. Children personify the characteristics of rocks & soil through movement. Then explode in a volcanic eruption!…

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Iron-Age Celts (KS2)

‘Iron-Age Celts’ Teaching Pack for Key Stage 2 Dance

Discover Britain before the Romans came.  Become Iron-Age Celts: farming the land, building settlements, making garments, fighting fiercely and worshiping strange gods…

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The Stone Age (KS2)

The Stone Age (KS2)

Roam the landscape as Stone Age hunter-gatherers. Become hunted yourselves by terrifying predators. Then develop civilization by making discoveries such as the wheel and the usefulness of fire…

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African Greetings (KS2)

African Greetings (KS2)

The composer’s travels in Zimbabwe inspired the music for this lesson. Whilst there, he learnt  the greetings of the Mashona people. You can now use these African greetings to  create your own circle dance.

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Electricity (KS2)

Electricity (KS2)

Let electricity spark movement ideas! Investigate magnetism, lightening strikes, coils and circuits. This fascinating and compelling force is surging with ideas for dance…

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The Vikings (KS2)

The Vikings (KS2)

Arriving on these shores in longships, the Vikings raided villages & worshiped many gods. Sure to evoke dramatic, dynamic and contrasting ideas, this topic will really get your pupils moving!

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Around The World (KS2)

Around The World (KS2)

A fun look at traditional dances from around the world. Starting with styles from Mexico, Argentina, India, China & Russia, use these to create improvisations – solo and in groups…

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Baghdad (KS2)

'Baghdad' Teaching Pack for Key Stage 2 Dance

Baghdad has a rich and exciting history. Children first represent the Tigris and nearby Euphrates. They then explore how the city grew here and subsequently came under attack.

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World War II (KS2)

World War II (KS2)

Images from World War II generate ideas about the thoughts and feelings of those involved. Use these to stimulate dynamic dance movement featuring solos and group work…

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Plants & Growing (KS2)

Plants & Growing (KS2)

What qualities do growing plants have? Combine with one another to reflect & explore these ideas. Taking turns to lead small ‘farming’ groups, develop movement ideas on the theme of Plants & Growing…

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Light & Dark (KS2)

Light & Dark (KS2)

What do we see in the night? And in the day? Working in pairs, become shadows and reflections. How do dark and light places make us feel? Together in groups, can you block-out the light?…

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Ancient Greeks (KS2)

Ancient Greeks (KS2)

The Ancient Greeks  had it all: Olympic games, battle formations, chariot racing, Gods & Goddesses. There’s so much to explore from this exciting and influential period of history…

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Setting Sail (KS2)

Setting Sail (KS2)

Hoist the rigging, sweep the decks, build a ship: we’re setting sail! The busy confines of early sailing vessels provide an ideal platform for developing movement vocabulary, individually and in groups…

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The Last Tiger (KS2)

The Last Tiger (KS2)

In Rebecca Elliott’s ‘The Last Tiger’, Luca befriends a lone animal. The tiger brings colour and magic into her dreary life. Using these ideas and images, children create their own imaginary world…

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Tudors (KS2)

Tudors (KS2)

Looking at the time of the Tudors, learn how dance can reflect cultural and historical context. Compose movement in pairs and build into small groups, developing spatial and rhythmic patterns…

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The Environment (KS2)

The Environment (KS2)

Gain a deeper understanding of the environment through movement. What is recycling? If we know how water moves and how plants are effected by the sun, can we stop pollution & save energy?

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Castles (KS2)

castles, lesson plan for KS2 dance

Castles are formidably physical. They are also home to lots of action: attacking, defending, tournaments and the bustle of daily life. Explore these through solos, duets and group work.

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