Join CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual, as he goes on a ten-week journey with The Royal Ballet into Christopher Wheeldon's production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. During this course you'll take your class through motif-development, character dancing and performance skills - completing the programme with your very own piece of choreography to share at a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

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.

  • Explorer - Lesson 1: Getting Started: Down the Rabbit Hole

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    At the beginning of Alice’s adventure, she is distracted from her family outing by the sight of a White Rabbit scurrying down a hole. Alice is a curious and inquisitive character and cannot resist following the rabbit. Down she goes into the peculiar and fascinating wonderland. In this lesson you will be taking your class down the rabbit hole and developing movement patterns based on actions such as spiralling, turning and falling as well as looking at some movement gestures that are performed by the White Rabbit.

    Units/Activities

    • Alice Video: Down the Rabbit Hole
      10mins
    • Warm Up – Down the Rabbit Hole Command Game
      10mins
    • Creative Exploration – Down the Rabbit Hole
      20mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Spiralling Shapes
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 2: Getting Started: What is a Motif?

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual welcomes you to the Royal Opera House, home of The Royal Ballet. During the last lesson, your students ventured down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. They will now be able to develop their movement further as they explore the concept of ‘Journeys.’ Karim meets former Soloist of The Royal Ballet David Pickering, and ROH Dance Artist Liz Foster, to find out about ‘motifs’.

    Units/Activities

    • Building Blocks Video: What is a Motif?
      10mins
    • Warm Up – Linear Shapes
      5mins
    • Warm Up – Around, Through, Over and Under
      5mins
    • Creative Exploration – Around, Through, Over and Under
      10mins
    • Creative Exploration (Extension) – Journeys
      10mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down: Melting Shapes
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 3: Developing Movement Patterns: Meet the Characters – Let’s Race!

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    In this lesson, you and your dancers will meet the Caterpillar and the Duchess to explore their use of ‘dynamics.’ You will then be introduced to dancers from the Caucus Race.

    Units/Activities

    • Alice Video: Meet the Characters – Let’s Race!
      10mins
    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Meet the Characters
      5mins
    • Warm up – The Transformation Character Game
      5mins
    • Creative Exploration – Let’s Race!
      20mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Spiralling Shapes
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 4: Developing Movement Patterns: Understanding Dynamics

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    Your students ventured down the rabbit hole into Wonderland and have now explored some of the characters from the ballet. They will now be able to develop their understanding of the characters further as they explore the concept of ‘Greetings.’ In this lesson, Karim, Liz and David work with the dancers to develop movement patterns, both individually and as a group and also explain the what it means to use 'dynamics' in dance.

    Units/Activities

    • Building Blocks Video: Understanding Dynamics
      10mins
    • Warm Up – Making Connections
      5mins
    • Warm Up – Writing Your Name
      5mins
    • Creative Exploration – Greetings
      10mins
    • Creative Exploration (Extension) – Greetings
      10mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Ballet Cool Down: Port de Bras
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 5: Exploring a Character: The Mad Hatter

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    In this lesson, you and your dancers will meet the Mad Hatter and re-introduce the characters we have met so far for a tea party.

    Units/Activities

    • Alice Video: The Mad Hatter
      10mins
    • Warm Up – The Mad Hatter’s Rhythm Circle
      5mins
    • Warm Up – The Mad Hatter’s Hat
      5mins
    • Creative Exploration – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
      20mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Hats and Jam Tarts
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 6: Exploring a Theme: Numbers and Card Games

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    Your students ventured down the rabbit hole into Wonderland and now have an in-depth understanding of the characters from the ballet. In this lesson, the dancers take part in a creative dance class, exploring the theme of 'numbers and card games', and adding further structure to the dance. This will provide them with an understanding of the Card Kingdom, before they meet the Queen of Hearts in lesson seven.

    Units/Activities

    • Building Blocks Video: Exploring a Theme
      10mins
    • Warm Up – Numbered Groups
      5mins
    • Warm Up – Command Game Using Cards
      5mins
    • Creative Exploration – Cards
      20mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Deck of Cards
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 7: Working Together: The Queen of Hearts

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    In this lesson, you and your dancers will enter the Card Kingdom to meet the Queen of Hearts and play croquet.

    Units/Activities

    • Alice Video: The Queen of Hearts
      10mins
    • Warm Up – The Queen of Hearts
      5mins
    • Warm Up – Croquet
      5mins
    • Creative Exploration – Queens and Hedgehogs
      10mins
    • Creative Exploration – Off With Your Head!
      10mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Deck of Cards
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 8: Working Together: Understanding Unison and Canon

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    In this lesson, the dancers work together to continue to explore dancing and choreographing in 'unison' and in 'canon'.

    Units/Activities

    • Building Blocks Video: Working Together
      10mins
    • Warm Up – Working Together
      5mins
    • Warm Up – Moving as One
      5mins
    • Creative Exploration – Wrapping and Unwrapping
      20mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Describing a Gift
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 9: Rehearsal and Performance: Curtain Up!

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • PE kit and bare feet
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film
    • Choreographic ideas

    In this lesson, you and your dancers will reflect on the movement that has been created so far, structure a dance as a result, and think about your final performance.

    Units/Activities

    • Alice Video: Curtain Up!
      10mins
    • Ballet Warm Up: Performance Skills
      10mins
    • Creative Exploration – Structuring your Alice Dance
      20mins
    • Performance and Evaluation
      10mins
    • Cool Down – Quiet Reflection
      5mins
    • Plenary
      5mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 10: Rehearsal and Performance: Reflecting on the Process

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • Record of last performance
    • Costumes
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Lesson Film

    In this lesson, the dancers will reflect on the movement that has been created so far, structure a dance as a result, and think about the final performance.

    Units/Activities

    • Building Blocks Video: Reflecting on the Process
      10mins
    • Ballet Warm Up: Count to 20
      10mins
    • Creative Exploration – Structuring your Alice Dance
      20mins
    • The Final Performance
      20mins

Please complete the survey attached to take part in the programme and gain access to FREE participation certificates for your students – you will also have the opportunity to let us know when you are sharing your dance and whether you are hosting a Mad Hatters Tea Party!

Or you can email create&dance@roh.org.uk to find out more.

Create and Dance is generously supported by The Sackler Trust