Dance

Over the Autumn term the school utilised its sports premium money to enhance the PE dance curriculum offer. We invested in seven weeks of Street Dance teaching which ensure that every child had 7 hours of quality dance tuition. The children learnt to improve their teamwork skills, perseverance, performance as well as their agility, balance and co-ordination. It was not only the children who had this opportunity though! Staff took part in training to deliver street dance lessons as well as putting together their own performance which the children loved watching. As you can see from the photo staff loved the opportunity to get their groove on! At the end of the seven weeks classes and freestylers had a virtual competition. We even had over 20 children enter a national virtual freestyle competition with one child being crowned National 8 and Under Champion.

Over the course of the seven weeks it was fantastic to see the children’s confidence and concentration improve. They relished the practice each week and even started dance battles in the playground using the choreography or their own freestyle. It was great to see how many of the children engaged with the home learning of embedding the choreography which helped keep them active at home as well as at school. I think it was clear to see how this project changed the way children view dance now and cannot wait for it to start again next year. All this would not have been possible without the help of Lucy from Elevate Arts. She has ensured that children and staff both enjoyed the training and learning. If you would like to see the highlights of the project then log into our Class Dojo School story page or follow this link. https://www.berrymede.com/teaching-and-learning/dance-and-physical-education

What happened:
7 weeks of whole school focus on Street dance Every child received 7 hours of high quality tuition.
230 children
10 classes
Home learning set and followed-
Targeted groups used to support learning and team building CPD for 2 staff curriculum delivery.
9 teachers participated in a wellbeing class Five Intra school team competitions One Intra school solo freestyle competition Inter school virtual national freestyle competition 26 entries One National Free style champion!

Outcomes
Children’s confidence grew
Abilities were found which children didn’t know they had 100% participation
30 individual freestylers identified by their peers Teamwork improved Concentration, improved Perseverance, improved Impromptu Playground dance battles. The profile of dance was raised across the whole school. The stereotypical view of curriculum dance was changed.