P.E and Dancing

I really enjoyed the dance work shop, as it showed how dance does not have to be taught in a way of creating specific routines. Individually we tried out different ways to travel across the room without walking. This was very enjoyable and allowed you to let loose and have fun as well as being active. We then got into groups where we all shared our moves and incorporated them into a snippet dance scene. This was a very valuable lesson to be used with children as it allows children to learn moves without it necessarily being a dance lesson.

At the beginning we were shown different styles of dancing for example the famous dance group diversity, 1000 hands dance and ballet. This introduced how there are many different types of dancing and how we could influence different styles in lessons. Dancing is not for everyone, some may not feel as confident or comfortable when taking part in a dance lesson. Therefore, a lesson such as this is very inclusive as it allows the children to take part no matter what their prior experience is. Also, children can work at their own level/ability with moves they have created. Niki told us the sillier the moves the better as it will also allow the children to express themselves without feeling embarrassed, creating different moves. Physical learning can also bring in other elements of curriculum for excellence such as maths or language. For example, with dancing the can interpret maths by creating different shapes ,understanding how they can place themselves to create them. Active learning can ensure more engagement rather than textbook work. Children may also remember the aspects of the lesson more rather than sitting at a table therefore, attainment in the classroom will be higher- may be more willing to take part.

Personally, when I was in primary, I really enjoyed taking part in dance lessons. I remember learning Scottish country dancing and which I found great pleasure taking part in. However, I did not enjoy p.e that much therefore, taking part in an active dance lesson was great fun for me.

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