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Introducing The Jungle

We’re trekking into the jungle on an amazing adventure!

Creeping through the jungly undergrowth and playing lots of fun games, we’ll start to get to know each other and welcome any new children to the class. 

Trying things on your own

We discuss how it feels when you sometimes have to try something on your own for the first time and about our experiences.

In our improvisation, we learn about how PF has to be brave in the jungle on his own for the first time.

We think of ways that we can make ourselves feel more comfortable when tackling new things in the future. 

Being Helpful

On his mission to rescue Snow the White Tiger, PF is told that he won’t be able to do it on his own and will need help from three other animals.

We talk about what it means to help someone and how it’s nice to be helpful. We remember situations when someone was helpful to us and when we were helpful to others.

We improvise in pairs. The first time our friend asks us to do something, we say no. The second time, we say yes. We explore how the different options make us feel different things. 

Considering Others

We discuss what feelings are. Through just our body language, we act out different feelings and ask our friends to guess how we’re feeling. We also experiment with our voices and see if we can get people to guess how we’re feeling through our vocal tone.

In our improvisation, Boo the little monkey has hurt Boss’ feelings by saying he doesn’t like the banana pie. We think about how Boss feels because of this. 

Articulation

We learn what articulation is and that it's important to form clear words when we speak. 

We play some funny word games where we don’t articulate the words properly and learn how confusing that can be. Imagine asking for French fries and getting French flies!!!

We perform some tongue twisters which teach us how to make sure that when we speak we’re as clear as we can be. 

Concentration

We chat about what concentration is and think about times when we have to really concentrate. We improvise some situations where someone doesn’t concentrate and explore what happens.

We discuss how hard it can be sometimes to concentrate and come up with ideas for how we can help ourselves. 

 

Imagination

We start off by asking what imagination actually means and think about things that we've made up using our minds. For example, we can pretend to be princes and princesses even though we are not really. We give the children the beginning of a story and then they all have to decide what happens next using their imagination. 

Projection

We demonstrate what it means to use a  projected voice and learn how it's very different to shouting. Using role-play, we look at scenarios where it might be useful to use a projected voice. 
 

Confidence

We ask the class to explain what they think confidence means. The children have a go at moving in a confident and unconfident way and we discuss how this influences our mindset. 

In our improvisation, PF meets a giraffe who won’t talk to him because she’s too shy so he teaches her some quick ways of feeling more confident. 
 

When I'm King of the Jungle

We imagine what it would be like if we were King of the Jungle for the day. Everyone has to discuss one thing that they’d do as well as coming up with reasons why they’ve chosen this. 

Presentation Rehearsals

With our end-of-term presentations just a week away, we spend this week going over our parts, rehearsing and making sure we're all feeling confident with our roles.

The Jungle Show

We perform our end-of-term presentations. The children get a chance to show parents, friends and family what they've been working on all term. We hope you enjoy our jungle show!

How to Make Friends

We discuss what friends are and how we make them. The children play some greeting games to show how we greet people when we first meet them. We think about the summer holidays and how we might be in situations (holidays or courses) when we might meet people for the first time.
 

Introducing Bluebeard's Bride

Dr Bluebeard is on a mission to find a perfect wife, but will it all end happily ever after?

We play some fun games to get to know each other and have an introduction to one of the songs.

Trying Something Solo

We discuss how it feels when you sometimes have to try something on your own for the first time and about our experiences.

We play a role-playing exercise where we step into a new scenario for the first time on our own. Afterwards, we discuss how it made us feel. 

We think of ways that we can make ourselves feel more comfortable when tackling new things in the future.

 

Three Reasons Why

This week, we explore opinions. We talk about how we all have different opinions about things and how that’s normal. Wouldn’t it be boring if we all agreed all the time?

We challenge each other's views by playing a game called Three Reasons Why. Each time someone expresses a point of view, we challenge them to give us three reasons why they came to this conclusion. 

Considering Others

We discuss what feelings are. Through just our body language, we act out different feelings and ask our friends to guess how we’re feeling. We also experiment with our voices and see if we can get people to guess how we’re feeling through our vocal tone.

We think about what it’s like if someone has hurt our feelings and explore how that makes us feel through a role-play exercise. 

Articulation

We learn what articulation is and that it's important to form clear words when we speak. 

We play some funny word games where we don’t articulate the words properly and learn how confusing that can be. Imagine asking for French fries and getting French flies!!!

We perform some tongue twisters which teach us how to make sure that when we speak we’re as clear as we can be. 

Developing a Character

We explore the process of developing a character and how actors go about doing this. We look at what the plot and the writer tells us about who a character is and how they behave, before exploring our own interpretations of the characters that we create. We look at the combination of voice and movement and how actors use these to portray their character. 

Imagination

We start off by talking about what imagination actually means and think about things that we've made up using our minds. We look at how authors write books purely from their imagination. We give the children a famous story and, in smaller groups, they're asked to act out a completely new and original ending.  
 

Public Speaking

We experiment talking in front of the whole class and talking to just one person and discuss how it differs. We practise speaking in front of an audience, paying particular attention to making sure that we're heard, using a loud voice, and facing the audience and making eye contact. We look at how it makes the audience feel when we don't do these things.  

Confidence

We ask the class to explain what they think confidence means. The children have a go at moving in a confident and unconfident way and we discuss how this influences our mindset. We think about the many reasons why we should feel confident about ourselves. It's a lovely feel-good class.

When I'm Prime Minister

All the children are asked to imagine that they're given the opportunity to be Prime Minister for the day. We ask them to tell us three they would change and why.

Presentation Rehearsals

With our end-of-term presentations just a week away, we spend this week going over our parts, rehearsing and making sure we're all feeling confident with our roles.

Bluebeard's Bride Show

We perform our end-of-term presentations. The children get a chance to show parents, friends and family what they've been working on all term. We hope you enjoy our Bluebeard's Bride show!

 

How to Make Friends

We discuss what friends are and how we make them. The children play some greeting games to show how we greet people when we first meet them. We think about the summer holidays and how we might be in situations (holidays or courses) when we might meet people for the first time.

We finish up by playing a speed detective game to find things out about each other. 

Introducing Killa Queen

Will the Killa Queen be a greater dancer than Snow White, or will she be defeated?

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

Cardiovascular Exercise

We learn that cardiovascular exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate.

We discuss different exercises that do this and learn what we do at Perform X that’s cardio based every week. We learn that our heart is a muscle and working it makes it stronger. 

Dance Recipe

We look at choreography and how a routine is created. We discover that it’s a bit like following a recipe where the dance steps are the ingredients and the style is the different ways of cooking.

The children are given a topic and a music track and asked to create a short routine in small groups. We watch the routines to notice how the different interpretation vary. 

Mood & Emotion

We discuss what feelings are and how your body language can vary depending on your mood. We look at different pieces of music and explore how they make us feel, before doing some improvisation work. In our improvisations, we look at how we can express ourselves differently depending on the mood of the music. We discuss how the same step feel very different if you perform them in a slightly different style. 

Exploring Space & Speed

We look at our performance space and how much ‘stage’ we have when the parents come in. We take a look at the spacing in our routine and discuss how important it is to know your ‘traffic’ as a performer. The children learn what stage directions are and we make sure we all understand basic stage terminology such as ‘stage left’ and ‘stage right’. 
 

Flexibility

We discuss how before you dance or exercise you should warm up your body and stretch your muscles. We look at how we do this in our 'Exhilarate' section. We learn what 'Flexibility' means and that activities that lengthen and stretch muscles can help you prevent injuries, back pain, and balance problems.

Imagination

We start off by talking about what imagination actually means and think about things that we've made up using our minds. We explain that all dances are made up solely from the originator’s imagination and try and make up a completely new move ourselves. 

Alignment

We explain what alignment means and that good alignment is when the body is placed in such a way that the dancer won’t hurt themselves. When we have good body alignment it allows us to dance more freely and lessens the risk of injury. If you have poor body alignment it puts too much strain on the muscles and joints. We have a go at putting what we have learnt to practise. 

Confidence

We ask the class to explain what they think confidence means. The children have a go at moving in a confident and unconfident way and we discuss how this influences our mindset. We look at how we can make our performance exude confidence by performing to the audience with style and energy. 

Rhythm & Groove 

We establish what rhythm is. The children have a go at seeing how well we can keep a rhythm as a group – we start easy and build up to really quite complex. We perform our routine and really focus on the rhythm of the music and choreography. 

Rhythm & Groove 

We establish what rhythm is. The children have a go at seeing how well we can keep a rhythm as a group – we start easy and build up to really quite complex. We perform our routine and really focus on the rhythm of the music and choreography. 

Presentation Rehearsals

With our end-of-term presentations just a week away, we spend this week going over our parts, rehearsing dance and making sure we're all feeling confident and ready for the performance.

Killa Queen

We perform our end-of-term presentations. The children get a chance to show parents, friends and family what they've been working on all term. We hope you enjoy our hip hop take on the Snow White story!

Dance Captain

A great session looking at leadership. We look at what a ‘dance captain’ is and how this person is the leader of the dance group. We play lots of leadership style dance games and everyone gets a chance to have a go at being the leader. 

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