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Teaching and learning sequence: Lessons 1-6

Teaching and learning sequence: Lessons 1-6

 Lessons 1–6 | Lessons 7–12

The following sequence provides learning activities, and organisation and teaching points. Lessons 1–6 explore the elements of dance.

Duration: 3 weeks – 6 sessions of 30 minutes

Warm up and individual exploration

  1. Respond spontaneously to action words – such as run, jump, creep, stretch, flop.
  2. Travel freely in the space, exploring straight and curved pathways in different directions – such as forwards, backwards, sideways – and at different levels in space – such as high, middle, low.
  3. Follow the leader in threes. (On teacher's prompt, leaders change – by going to the back of the line.)
  4. Travel throughout the space using:
     (a) large movements, taking up as much space as possible and keeping as far away from others as possible
     (b) small movements, keeping as close to others as possible without touching.
  5. Travel freely in the space until the music stops, then freeze into a given shape – such as twisted, curved, round, pointy.
  6. Explore locomotive and non-locomotive actions relating to action word cards on the floor and in response to teacher direction – for example, "make the action... heavy/light, sudden/sustained, large/small, fast/slow".
  7. Each student chooses three action words, and explores different ways of interpreting them using different energy qualities – such as locomotive, non-locomotive, and still shapes.
  8. Devise a movement phrase with those three action words.

Group activities
In pairs:

  1. Students teach each other their movement phrases, then perform them in unison.
  2. Join up with another pair and combine phrases.
  3. Add changes of:
    • level – such as high, middle, low
    • direction – such as forwards, backwards, sideways
    • formation – such as circle, line.
  4. Share dance with rest of class – give and receive formative feedback.
  5. Revise group dances.
  6. Perform dances to rest of class.

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