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.
We do not expect you to cover all of the learning objectives and activities suggested in the scheme of work. There is a lot of scope for differentiation, and cross-curricular work in other lessons, to complement the students understanding of creative dance.
As the lessons progress, you may wish to incorporate recap time into each lesson. The timings suggested are simply a guide.
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.