This term I worked with Year 4 at Miers Court Primary School and our theme was Saxons and Vikings! They were a fantastic group, but I knew that because I taught them last year as well.
We got stuck in straight away and in the first class the dancers choreographed motifs about Saxon job roles in small groups. They were surprised to learn that had they been growing up in a Saxon village they would have just a few years until they had to take on one of the jobs.
The second session focused on Saxons in the evenings… Story telling, the great fire for heat, cooking and light and the celebration.
Then there was a battle. We used call a response to choreograph a motif across the hall.
In the final few lessons we focused on Viking Gods.Each group had a different God sheet and had to show that they were Gods by performing their movements in a strong, powerful way.
I knew these groups were great at choreography because I worked with them last year. They didn’t disappoint! I made things more difficult for them this year by giving them lots of contrasting themes and asking them to thing about how they performed each one. They also had to think about transitions and there were many fantastic ideas for this including giants from the stories, flying up to the Gods and walking through the mist (something they were also doing in drama).
The dances were a team effort, even the teachers got involved and, when I was filming, I noticed them doing the movements with the dancers out of the corner of my eye. Excellent work!
At the end of term parents, friends and siblings came to watch the dances and the performance was excellent. All I did was turn on the music and thank the parents for coming. The dancers knew exactly what they were doing and were fantastically professional about it all.
We did do some silly things in the lead up to Christmas though, you have to enjoy the end of term! We introduced the Saxons and Vikings to Christmas and the dancers wore silly hats to perform their dance for the cameras. The video made it into the Miers Court Primary School advent calendar (number 10) and here it is to view as well. If you like it, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.