29 Jun

Helping our children find the song in their heart and the beat in their feet through dance.

In Year 3 the children have spent many hours preparing for a ‘Dance Spectacular’ which they performed to their parents and friends in Week 9. It was evident parents enjoyed every minute of the Year 3 Dance Spectacular and the children had a great time.

Why Do We Include Dance at SPW?

Dance is a vital part of the SPW and Australian National Curriculum.

An exert from the Australian National Curriculum outlines, ‘Dance is expressive movement with purpose and form. Through dance, students represent, question and celebrate human experience, using the body as the instrument and movement as the medium for personal, social, emotional, spiritual and physical communication. Like all art forms, dance has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential.’

“I think it is amazing that we get to learn dance at school.”

The children have followed sequential movements and used their body parts to incorporate actions. They’ve explored taking directions, keeping time and using their expressive skills. It’s also been great to see the children focus when performing their dance for others.

The students have enjoyed working as a Year Level Group to form smaller dancing groups and practise together.

“Learning to dance is fun because all of the Year 3s come together and learn a big dance.”

Dance is explored in other year levels throughout the school, including Year 7s spending time preparing dances for the formal and children learning dances for the annual musicals. Plus the introduction of the Move to Learn Movement Program from ELC to Year 2 ensures dance is an important aspect of life at SPW.

This article was written by Victoria Warner, Year 3 Teacher.