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Introducing Outer Space

We’re blasting off into a star-studded galaxy for an amazing intergalactic adventure. Playing lots of fun games we’ll start to get to know each other and welcome any new children to the class. 

Exciting Vocabulary 

Just as the Sparkly Spaceman sparkles, we look at how we can make our words more exciting when we speak. We challenge ourselves to not use boring words and try to make our sentences more exciting to listen to through our choice of vocabulary. 

We play a game, where we have to answer the question How Are You without using the words fine, nice, ok or alright and have to come up with much more interesting words. 

 

Balance

Learning what balance is – both static and dynamic balance – through some fun balancing games which focus on both stillness and movement.

Communicating Without Words

Exploring the art of mime and playing games to illustrate how we can show action, character and emotion without using words.

We play a game where the children are given different environments pretend to walk around in (e.g. Mud, the Moon, in a blizzard etc) and by their movement, the others have to guess where they are. 

Confident Body Language

In this class, we experiment with how different emotions change our body language. We practice moving in a confident way and learn that if we’re feeling under-confident, making our physicality confident can help us feel confident inside to

We do an improvisation called Positive Body Language where we have to act out about 10 different emotions and express them physically.  

Projecting Not Shouting

We look at the difference between projecting our voice and shouting and learn why projecting is better for your voice. We play various projection exercises and discuss how it makes us feel. 

In our improvisation, the children are on Planet Mars and having a disagreement with the Martians who can’t understand them because they’re shouting and therefore not being very clear. Once they learn to project, the Martians understand them and peace is restored.
 

Exploring Our Emotions

We discuss what emotions are and try to name as many as we can. We try and physicalize these emotions with our bodies. If we don’t like a particular emotion, we talk about how we can help not feeling like that.

We play a game called Emotional Voices where the children introduce themselves and express an emotion by changing their voice. After, we discuss how different happy and sad voices are.
 

Storytelling 

We discuss what storytelling is and how the same story can be very different if told in different ways. We look at what makes a story sound interesting or exciting, and what makes it sound boring. The children try making up their own story as a group and tell it using interesting words, an exciting and varied voice and a good amount of eye contact.

We play a game called Imagination Circle where we create a story together as a group. Each child in the circle adds something on to the story and we try to make sure it has lots of twists and turns to keep it exciting.

 

The Hercules Beat 

Superhero Hercules is on a quest to inspire the ancient Greeks to take a break from eating, drinking and philosophising, and instead, to get dancing! 

We’ll play some fun games to get to know each other, plus an introduction to one of the songs.

Exciting Vocabulary 

We look at how we can make our words more exciting when we speak. We challenge ourselves to not use boring words and try to make our sentences more exciting to listen to through our choice of vocabulary. 

We play replacement word games where we think of a word and then replace it with a more interesting one. 

Balance

Learning what balance is – both static and dynamic balance – through some fun balancing games which focus on both stillness and movement.

Communicating Without Words

Exploring the art of mime and playing games to illustrate how we can show action, character and emotion without using words.

We play games such as What are you Doing where a child has to mime an activity. The rest of the class ask them ‘what are you doing?’, and instead of giving them the answer, they carry on miming their activity and say something completely different. The person who guesses their mime correctly takes over and starts to mime out the untruthful answer the last person gave.  

Power-posing

In this class, we experiment with how different emotions change our body language. We practice moving in a confident way and learn that if we’re feeling under-confident, making our physicality confident can help us feel confident inside too.

We look at the ‘power-poses’ and how we can use them to our advantage.

Projecting Not Shouting

We look at the difference between projecting our voice and shouting an learn why projecting is better for your voice. We play various projection exercises and discuss how it makes us feel. 

We play a game called Sweet Shop. Each child has to go into a sweet shop and select some sweets but there’s building work going on outside so they have to really project in order for the owner of the sweet shop to hear them. 

Exploring Our Emotions

We discuss what emotions are and try to name as many as we can. We try and physicalize these emotions with our bodies. If we don’t like a particular emotion, we talk about how we can help not feeling like that.

We experiment creating freeze frames of families exhibition different emotions (e.g. an angry family, a sad family etc). 

 

Storytelling 

We discuss what storytelling is and how the same story can be very different if told in different ways. We look at what makes a story sound interesting or exciting, and what makes it sound boring. The children try making up their own story as a group and tell it using interesting words, an exciting and varied voice and a good amount of eye contact. We also learn about fables and myths.
 

Twisted

Twisted is a modern retelling of the Dickens classic, Oliver Twist, in hip hop form.

Through ice breakers and fun games, all set to music, we will have an introduction to this exciting theme

Listening Skills 

We discuss what listening means, why we listen and when we listen. 

We compare the difference between hearing and listening and explore what happens when we don’t listen and follow instructions properly. We even play some quick fire listening activities to test our skills. 

Balance

Learning what balance is – both static and dynamic balance – through some fun balancing games which focus on both stillness and movement.

Creating our Own Hip Hop Move

We isolate four different hip hop moves from our routine and break them down before splitting into groups and creating our own new move. We get the children to give their move a name.

Percussive Movement 

We discuss what percussion means and name some instruments that are percussive.

We experiment with how we can creative percussive sound through our feet and play a body rhythm game where we learn a simple rhythmic pattern and repeat as fast as we can. 

Use of Levels

We look at choreography and how using different levels within a dance piece can be effective.

We work in groups to devise a dance sequence using different levels. After, we repeat the sequence using just one level and compare and discuss which looks more interesting. 

Expressing Our Feelings 

We discuss what emotions are and experiment with how we can express different feelings through movement. 

Working in groups, the children create a movement sequence and the rest of the group get to guess what feeling they are portraying. We talk about how music can help with this and discuss how it’s good to express your feelings. 

Movement Sequence

We learn that a movement sequence is a series of movements arranged together. In groups, the children choose a few different movements to perform in a sequence.

We also have a go at creating a sequence that shows us waking up and realising that we’re late for school. 

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