“Schools have a central role to play in supporting all children and young people to live healthy active lives. This is particularly true of primary school where the foundations of positive and enjoyable participation in regular physical activity should be established.
Crucial to achieving this is ensuring that pupils have access to at least 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day, alongside high-quality PE provision taught by confident and knowledgeable teachers and opportunities to experience and participate in a wide range of sports and physical activities.
PE and sport premium grant funding should be used by schools towards these aims.” - - gov.uk
Deputy Head Teacher, Primary School
“Thank-you for facilitating such wonderful workshops! We are so very lucky to have you and our children just adore every minute they spend with you. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart. What an amazing experience for our children!”
“Pupils should be taught to… (amongst others)
Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics].
Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
- Data taken from gov.com
Weekly dance classes in PE time that work towards a performance / sharing on a curriculum topic currently learning in class such as WW2, India, and The Antarctic,
Weekly dance classes to support better health and wellbeing.
Workshops for events such as Arts Week, Healthy Living Week and The Kings Coronation.
We can provide weekly dance classes in PE time that work towards a performance / sharing on a curriculum topic.
Topics previously supported include:
“The children in my school have been lucky enough to benefit from Faye's dance lessons this academic year. All of the staff and children involved have found her lessons engaging, fun and inspiring. Faye's sessions are so much more than just dance! She really got to know the children and gave them the opportunity to talk - mental well-being is at the core of her practice. I would highly recommend her to any school looking for a dance teacher.”
The State of Suffolk Children Report states that:
“In 2021, in England, one in six (17.4%) of both 6 to 16 year olds and 17 to 19 year olds were likely to have a probable mental disorder, an increase (worsening) compared to 2017. This would suggest that, in 2021, around 21,000 children and young people in Suffolk (aged 6-19) had a probable mental health disorder.
National survey data suggests hyperactivity and behavioural disorders are more prevalent in boys and young men, while girls and young women are more likely to experience emotional disorders.
Pre-pandemic national prevalence figures suggest that around 10,140 (between 9,050-11,500) children and young people aged 5-19 in Suffolk could have an emotional disorder (including anxiety, depression, bipolar).
The Healthwatch Suffolk report states that Suffolk young people’s wellbeing outcomes consistently appear poorer (lower) than national averages.
Children and young people with additional vulnerabilities (including having a mental health difficulty, receiving free school meals, being a carer or with experience of being in care) are more likely to report low resilience and lower wellbeing.”
Whilst this data makes for difficult reading, there is lots we can do to support our children and young people.
Dance has been proven to raise self-confidence and self-esteem. It offers a safe, inclusive space for all children to be seen and heard, regardless of need or circumstance. Our style of process driven teaching enables children to feel a sense of control and ownership over their movement and their work. This is supported by strong boundaries and social expectations by class leaders and facilitators.
We can run workshops tailored to your time and resource requirements for specific weeks and activities such as as Arts Week, Healthy Living Week and The Kings Coronation.
Dance is a great way to add value to your current plans and activities.
We are flexible and will work around your school schedules and requirements.
We offer workshops for:
We can work with specific classes, year groups or even your whole school.
A sharing /performance opportunity at the end of the session can be arranged if that fits with your requirements.
"It's been quite emotional watching all the year groups dance together as one school. Thank-you so much and can we have you back again next year for our next Arts Week!?"
If as a school, you would like to upskill your staffing team; we are on hand to gently guide you through some of the techniques, games and methods we use as community dance artists. These sessions will be interactive, specific to your needs and a great team bonding experience. We can also provide handouts, documents and booklets if required.
Contact us to find out more.
All of the above can be tailored to your school needs and budgets so do get in touch and we can work something out.
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