USING THE LESSON PLANS
The following activities support the following curriculum areas:
• Physical Education: Dance
• Science: Earth and Space
• Science: Forces
• Literacy: Spoken language
There are six plans in total, each one based on a scientific theme which inspired the making of 8 Minutes.
Each plan supports the learning objective to develop movement patterns for use in dance choreography (PE) inspired by a scientific concept explored in either Forces or Earth and Space. The adoption of kinaesthetic learning methods can help young people understand scientific concepts and information by exploring it outside of the classroom and within the body.
All activities can be broken up across a number of weekly sessions or delivered in a longer creative session.
Each plan assumes children have been appropriately warmed up!
It then commences with a discussion followed by a whole group task, smaller group tasks and feedback. It is also suggested that time be allocated to re-visiting the creative task after feedback so that young people can use the information practically and experience what it is like to revisit an idea in light of constructive critique. Against every plan development ideas are offered to promote progression.
It is recommended that lessons are preceded by a classroom based session exploring the relevant scientific concepts as specified by the curriculum. These practical sessions will then build on the learning and help to cement understanding. It is also suggested that ‘findings’ are recorded – either by photography, film or in learning or reflective journals to mirror the methodological process of both scientist and choreographer.
There are no ‘right or wrong’ answers to the tasks other than those the creators set for themselves. It is intended that this open, questioning and exploratory approach, one which mirrors that of both a scientist and a choreographer, will encourage and support lateral and creative thinking, problem solving and emotional resilience.
On the Alexander Whitley website you will find a library of short video clips which support these lesson plans. Look out for the icon which will specify the relevant film. To find the films go to: FILMS
Before you start, as the children will often be in groups and utilizing teamwork they may find it useful to watch film icon Collaboration and Teamwork