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Assessment Reform Group 2002.
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If you think you lack the necessary training for teaching dance in the primary classroom and are searching for resources to support teaching and learning, look no further. Through Complete Guide to Primary Dance, you’ll gain the insight, expertise and confidence to teach dance to children from reception to year 6.
Regardless of your experience, this book and accompanying web resource will enable you to plan and deliver age-appropriate learning experiences for your children. Complete Guide to Primary Dance offers
• a wealth of practical and creative ideas that you can use in your teaching, whether you are new to teaching, have little dance experience or are a dance specialist;
• a scheme of 22 units of work for teaching children from reception to year 6; and
• a companion web resource that includes a bank of photos, video clips, warm-ups and written resources to assist you in your teaching.
You can download and print the photographs from the web resource to demonstrate and inspire good practice. The video clips show progression in learning through bite-sized steps that will help you guide the children to create and perform dances in real time.
In addition, you can view two complete class dances and a number of dance phrases on the video clips to use with your classes. These photographs and clips supplement the written resources on the web, which include stories, a poem, word banks, warm ups and complete units of work along with a template that can be used for designing your own unit of work.
Complete Guide to Primary Dance draws on and is complementary to the National Dance Teachers Association partnerships with Youth Dance England, Dance UK, the Association for Physical Education and Youth Sports Trust. Teaching points are aligned with each task, helping you to know what to look for, what to emphasise, how to develop the movement material and how to challenge the children appropriately.
Written by Lyn Paine, a highly regarded teacher trainer and author of many dance resources, Complete Guide to Primary Dance is the definitive dance resource that is based on current best practices in schools. In addition to dance subject knowledge for teaching, you’ll find the chapters on managing learning and assessing most helpful. Together, this book and web resource present a clear vision for dance education and its potential to develop children and young people’s well-being and enhance their lives.
How to Use This Book and Web Resource
Chapter 1. Why Dance?
What Is Dance and What Makes It Unique?
Benefits of Dance
Dance and Culture
Dance Beyond the Classroom
Dance in the Curriculum
High-Quality Dance Outcomes
Chapter 2. The Dance Model
Brief History of Dance in Education
Integrated Approach to Performance, Composition and Appreciation
Chapter 3. Ingredients of Dance
Actions (What the Body Does)
Dynamics (How the Body Moves)
Space (Where the Body Moves)
Relationships (How We Dance With Others)
Chapter 4. From Ideas to Dances
Planning the Dance Experience
Planning for Progression
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Types of Dance
Styles of Dance
Choreographic Knowledge for the Teacher
Chapter 5. Warming Up, Cooling Down, and Safe Practice
Chapter 6. Managing the Learning
Establishing an Ethos
Managing the Space
Pace and Momentum
Role of the Adult
Chapter 7. Assessing Dance
Assessment for Learning (Formative Assessment)
How Do Children Develop in Dance?
Expectations for Dance
Chapter 8. Dance and the Curriculum
Dance and Literacy
Dance and Numeracy
Dance and Science
Dance and Physical Education
Dance and the Arts
Dance and Humanities
Dance and Information Technology
Dance, Design and Technology
Chapter 9. Resources for Dance
Music for Dance
Professional Dance Artists
About the NDTA
About the Author
Teaching guide for primary school teachers and teaching assistants in
the UK. Reference for dance coaches.
Lyn Paine is an experienced teacher trainer who has taught dance
to all ages and has led training for the National Dance Teachers
Association and AQA awarding body. Lyn has written several dance
resources and also many dance programmes for BBC Education. She has
directed schools’ dance performances at the Bournemouth International
Centre and Royal Albert Hall. She also has worked on many other
inspiring cross-arts and cross-cultural projects for children.
National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) is the only
association whose sole remit is dance in education. It is a registered
charity and limited company by guarantee and is a membership
organisation representing dance teachers in primary and secondary
The NDTA seeks to ensure that all young people in the UK have equal
access to a high-quality dance education. To achieve this, the
association works with teachers, schools, government departments and
arts and education agencies. They actively lobby for dance in the
curriculum and assist in shaping policy relating to the quality, nature,
range and scope of dance in the education sector.
NDTA is successful in raising the profile of dance at a national level
through their website, their termly publication dancematters,
their respected professional development programme and the development
and dissemination of good practice.
Supplementary Instructional Materials
The web resource for Complete Guide to Primary Dance includes many written resources that support teaching dance in the primary classroom, such as warm-ups suited to various age groups and stories and word banks to stimulate dance ideas. Twenty-two complete units of work guide teachers in leading children through an age-appropriate dance-making process. A scheme of work provides an overview of the stimulus, unit outline and learning outcomes of each unit. A unit template is provided so that one might easily create one’s own unit. Photographs from the book are available in full color to be downloaded or printed for presentations or visual displays. Video clips illustrate various parts of the dance-making process from conception to performance, as well as short movement phrases that encompass a variety of dance styles.