This ten-week programme has been created to give Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils an introduction to creative dance and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The aim of the programme is to create a short dance, inspired by a theme from Alice and linking to curriculum topics or school projects.
Each of the lessons is accompanied by a film, which will support and enhance your creative process. In these films, members of The Royal Ballet will share important strategies that will help you and your children create a successful dance.
As you go through the lesson plans, you will notice that your students are referred to as dancers. Everyone involved in this project will be a dancer and at times a choreographer. You, the teacher, will be the creative director!
Before you begin working with your dancers, think of where your dance will be performed as a conclusion to the project. Think creatively about where this performance can take place – it doesn’t have to be in a theatre. A school hall, a classroom, the yard or school field are all possible performance venues. The event might be a school assembly or summer fête, a Christmas show or even a less formal performance offered up to another year group in a classroom. You can then roll out the lessons with the chosen performance opportunity as the focus for the project.
You could think about hosting a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, using cross-curricular links to embed the learning and compliment the sharing of your dance – please tell us about this as we are looking to visit some schools.