Create and Dance Building Blocks Explorer

During this course you'll take your class through the basics of creative dance - following the scheme of work or using it as a stimulus to explore a theme/ topic or curriculum area or your choice - completing the programme with your very own piece of choreography.

This is the start of your five-lesson project. Although there are five lesson plans offered, this can be delivered across any timeframe (it could be five days or five weeks).

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.

  • Explorer - Lesson 1: Getting Started: What is a Motif?

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Means of capture
    • 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. Watch him take part in a creative dance class with students from Beam Primary School exploring the theme 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
  • Explorer - Lesson 2: 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

    In this lesson, Karim, Liz and David work with the dancers to develop patterns of movement, both individually and as a group, and explore the theme of 'greetings'. They 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
  • Explorer - Lesson 3: 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

    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.

    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
  • Explorer - Lesson 4: 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 and 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
  • Explorer - Lesson 5: Rehearsal and Performance: Reflecting on the Process

    60mins

    Requirements

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

    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 the Dance
      20mins
    • The Final Performance
      20mins

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