Investigative arts organisation Siobhan Davies Dance has now released its latest Extend It workshops for primary teachers looking to develop and structure dance with children and bring a little extra creativity to the classroom.
Siobhan Davies Dance is offering three Extend It workshops, sponsored by Delancey. These engaging practical workshops offer primary school teachers different practical approaches and adaptable methods to use dance as a creative tool for delivering curriculum subjects. Teachers will also come away with different choreographic approaches to make dance pieces with their pupils.
Teachers are given a toolkit of approaches and a special resource pack to help them bring the methods to life in their own schools. (And don’t worry if you have no prior dance experience as the sessions are suitable for teachers with a lot or very limited dance experience!)
Children from schools in Elephant & Castle and Nine Elms recently took to The Scoop at More London – and they certainly weren’t shy in putting their best foot forward! The 125 pupils took part in the Experience It- Growing Seasons performance (part of Big Dance 2014), and their dances responded to the themes of movement in the natural world.
Following a previous Extend It workshop, Rob Layton, teacher at Charlotte Sharman Primary School, said: “The project brought a real change in how I view dance and assess the children’s work. I began to appreciate the children’s creativity using movement rather than assessing their technical skills.”
Ten teachers took part in Extend It – Moving Nature: Movement & Science on Tuesday, October 21, where dance was explored alongside its links to living processes, materials and forces in nature.
One teacher who took part said: “I found the looking at the elements of the growth of a tree from seed to leaf and investigating the properties of different material particularly useful. Thanks very much it was fab!”
The next session is Extend It – Position, Shapes & Angles: Movement & Maths on Tuesday, November 11, where the focus is creating movement that supports pupils’ understanding of shape, space and measures. The final workshop is Extend It – Moving Descriptions: Movement & English on Thursday, November 27 which is dedicated to using textures, sounds and shapes to create dance and generate descriptive writing.
The sessions aim to provide teachers with the know-how to plan, develop and choreograph dance with primary children and expand their vocabulary while developing their questioning, listening and critical thinking skills. All the workshops will take place in Siobhan Davies Studios, 85, St George’s Road, SE1 6ER. Interested? Get in touch with Siobhan Davies Dances via 02070919650 or firstname.lastname@example.org