Learn The Floss!

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Have you noticed your class wiggling about from side to side with their arms swishing around their waist? They are probably doing The Floss! I started seeing KS2 children doing the moves in January and since then it seems to have gone viral!  It all started with a young lad known as ‘The Backpack Kid’

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Emotions dance for Foundation Stage and KS1

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Our blog last week looked at children’s mental health, with a focus on year 6s and SATs. We all know that mental health is a serious issue for everyone, even at early years and Key Stage 1.  This is why we’re sharing with you today our lesson plan we use for 4 – 7 year

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Christmassy Dance Ideas!

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It is definitely that time of year!  We’ve got our tree up at home and the kids have written their letters to Santa.  Are you looking for some festive dance fun?  Then read the ideas below for inspiration… Create a Christmas present dance Ask the children think of a toy they’d like to give or

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Early Years Series: ideas for creative movement

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In the fourth instalment in our series of blogs focusing on early years dance, I wanted to share some of the activities we have been doing with young children.  My colleague Tahnee Lawson delivers dance sessions in nurseries, to parent and toddler groups and foundation stage classes in primary schools.  Here, she shares some of

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Early Years Series: The Vestibular System

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In the previous blog, I mentioned the vestibular system.  Until 18 months ago, I had never heard of this term, but the more I read on it the more fascinating it becomes! The vestibular system provides our sense of balance and spatial awareness and is located in the inner ear.  It’s an internal guide that

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Early Years Series: Our current research

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This week we are continuing the blog series on Early Years dance.  Tasked with the job of creating a project to develop physical literacy in early years children, JumpStart (in conjunction with our local School Sports Partnership – Team Charnwood) has devised a dance project for reception classes.  By the end of the programme, 12

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5 ways to link The Olympics with Dance

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So the sun is shining and summer is approaching fast.  The Olympics are around the corner and to celebrate, I’ve listed 5 different ways you can incorporate The Olympics into your dance teaching this term. 1. Host a Samba Party In my blog post a few weeks ago I uploaded a video of Samba dancing. 

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The Olympics – Samba Dance

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I thought it would be worthwhile re-sharing this post as it contains two videos you can use to create some Samba dancing for your children – perfect for linking in with the Rio Olympics this summer. Or use these ideas with your year 6s to celebrate the end of SATs! Before that though, I wanted

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Tips for how to keep children focused in your dance class

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Do you find that children can get a little over-excited when they’re dancing?  A big empty space, freedom to move…it can be difficult to to reign children back in and keep the momentum of your dance session. Based on my own experiences of teaching little ones, I’ve created this Vlog to share strategies for keeping

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Fun Rock n Roll Dance Video

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a video on my blog so I thought it was about time I added one!  As it’s getting towards the end of the academic year and things are (hopefully) winding down, the video I’m posting today will be a great idea for a fun and celebratory end-of-term session!

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