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Teaching and learning sequence: Lessons 7-12

Teaching and learning sequence: Lessons 7-12

 Lessons 1–6 | Lessons 7–12

The sequence provides learning activities, plus organisation and teaching points. Lessons 7–12 develop the sports theme, leading to the creation of a dance work.

Duration: 3 weeks – 6 sessions of 30 minutes

View video clips of different sports, then brainstorm action words prompted by the sports.

Warm up and individual exploration

  1. Respond spontaneously to sports action words – such as run, jump, hop, throw, balance, dodge, reach.
  2. Travel freely in the space. When the music stops, freeze into a sports pose, as given by teacher – such as netball, rugby, golf.
  3. Improvise a variety of locomotive and/or non-locomotive actions in response to named sports.
  4. In lines, leader freezes into a sports pose, next person moves to the front of the line and freezes into a contrasting pose at a different level in space. Next person moves to the front of the line to make a different pose, and so on.
  5. Repeat, with each person travelling to the front of the shape line with actions relating to the sport they have chosen.

Group activities
In groups of four:

  1. Each person teaches the rest of the group a sports action, then perform them one after the other with smooth transitions. Share with the rest of the class, who guess the sports represented by each group.
  2. Each group teaches their sports actions to rest of the class.
  3. As a group, choose one sport and devise four actions to be performed in unison.
  4. Add changes of:
    • level – such as high, middle, low
    • direction – such as forwards, backwards, sideways
    • formation – such as circle, line.
  5. Extension activity: introduce canon as a choreographic device.
  6. Add a beginning and an end to the sports dance to place it within a context – such as a rugby match, a swimming carnival, a tennis tournament.
  7. Rehearse dances, then share with rest of class, video recording each performance.
  8. Class gives feedback to each group about to what went well – for example, "I liked it when...".
  9. View sports dances on video, and complete group self-assessment task.

Group sports dance – process and product.

Group self-assessment – each group completes a PMI (Pluses, Minuses, Interesting things) chart on the process of choreographing their sports dance and the end product.

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