Year 1. Spring 1. Dance

 

Most children will be able to:

Acquiring and developing skills

• perform basic body actions;

• use different parts of the body singly and in combination;

 

Selecting and Applying Skills and Compositional ideas

• show some sense of dynamic, expressive and rhythmic qualities in their own dance;

• choose appropriate movements for different dance ideas; remember and repeat short dance phrases and simple dances; move with control; vary the way they use space;

 

Knowledge and Understanding of Fitness and Health

• describe how their lungs and heart work when dancing;

 

Evaluating and Improving Performance

• describe basic body actions and simple expressive and dynamic qualities of movement

 

Some children will not have made so much progress. They will be able to:

Acquiring and developing skills

• explore basic body actions;

• begin to make single movements and combine movements using different parts of the body; practise moving expressively and clearly;

 

Selecting and Applying Skills and Compositional ideas

• try to choose movements that reflect the dance idea;

• with help, remember, repeat and link movement phrases and dances;

 

Knowledge and Understanding of Fitness and Health

• recognise when they feel out of breath when dancing;

 

Evaluating and Improving Performance

• recognise and describe some body actions and some expressive and dynamic qualities of movement

 

Some children will have progressed further. They will be able to:

Acquiring and developing skills

• perform more complicated combinations of movement fluently and with control; perform clearly and expressively;

 

Selecting and Applying Skills and Compositional ideas

• show an awareness of phrasing and music;

• choose movements that show a clear understanding of the dance idea;

 

Knowledge and Understanding of Fitness and Health

• say why their heart beats faster and their temperature rises when dancing;

 

Evaluating and Improving Performance

• talk about dance using a range of descriptive language

 

Prior Learning

It is helpful if children have:

• followed simple instructions

• moved using simple rhythms

• explored basic body actions

• watched and talked about movement

• had some experience of action songs and action rhyme