Rebecca Ashton

Maths and Dance and Such a lot of Feedback!


Lorraine went to St Nicholas Infants School today to lead some cross-curricular dance workshops with a Maths and Dance theme! Here are some of the things the participants and their teachers said about the classes.

Comments from Class 1 (Year 2) after their Maths and Dance class
‘I liked my group doing the turn.’
‘Liked it all, was a good thinking game and fun as well.’
‘Liked going round circle saying names and going fast.’
‘Liked group balancing and turning.’
‘Great warm-up [think they mean the games as we didn’t do a normal warm-up’

‘That was brilliant! The children loved it. Was great to see how easily they could learn a sequence in a group, without pressure. We will use the station idea in our next session [country dancing].’
Year 2 Teacher, St Nicholas Infants School, June 2014


Comments from Class 2 (Year 1/2) after their Maths and Dance class
‘Enjoyed the jumps.’
‘Liked all of it. Liked watching group doing the snake move.’
‘Liked making shaped and ‘can you’ game.’
‘Wonderful. It was really fun. Especially spaghetti and meat balls [from the ‘can you’ game]’
‘I liked the station moves.’

‘I loved watching my class working as a team, and without speaking!’
Year 1/2 Teacher, St Nicholas Infants School, June 2014

Comments from Class 3 (Year R/1) after their Maths and Dance class
‘Liked balancing and low shapes.’
‘Liked turning.’
‘I liked everything. I liked the spinning.’
‘I liked balancing.’ 

Class 4 (Reception) after their Maths and Dance class
‘Liked the balances’
‘The lying on the floor, and spiderman picture’
‘Liked picture of girl balancing’
‘Liked picture and move for spiderman’
‘Liked the spin’
‘Liked the jump. Really high.’

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Mighty Metals!


Last term I worked with Year 3 at Miers Court Primary School on a cross-curricular dance project designed to enhance the pupils’ learning.

The Plan
Each year group in the school has a different theme to focus on each term. Last term, the theme for Year 3 was Mighty Metals so, using a cross-curricular approach, we explored magnets, metals, forces and movement.

Miers Court Mighty Metals


The Process
We began by watching Honda Cog, a fantastic video that shows how parts of a car come together in an unusual way to make a car start. From this we got lots of ideas for words that describe movements. There were six groups and they each created their own production line, passing their group’s chosen object down the line of people in an unusual and interesting way. After a few sessions we ended up joining all the groups together to make one, very long production line. It was very impressive and all the dancers did so well to keep going throughout the long dance. One class even came up with a plan to make a robot!


The Performance
There were four weeks to get ready, on the fifth week was the performance! The year 3 classes performed to each other, to the year 5 classes and to staff who included the Deputy Headteacher!

The rehearsal on the day was tense and very busy. At the last-minute a robot dance, choreographed by everyone in each class together, was added for a spectacular ending.

The audience arrived and were asked to sit right in the middle of the hall, very unusual some said. It worked perfectly for the performance though, the audience were surrounded by the robot production line and then, towards the end, the robots came towards them, dancing, before collapsing to the floor, all tired from the hard work!

The Video
We were very lucky because Clare, The Right Step’s Social Media Guru was able to join us to film and take photos. You can find the photos in our gallery or on Pinterest,

Here’s the video…

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The Rats Bay Shindig



A cross a curricular dance workshop with Clare at The Rights Bay Shindig

A cross a curricular dance workshop with Clare at The Rats Bay Shindig

Dance yourself Dizzy!

Yes, the long awaited Rats Bay Shindig was held last weekend, launching the re-opening of the Sun Pier on the banks of the Medway. We teamed up with AMG Freedom Dance, to provide a complete melange of workshops with dance styles, taking us from one side of the globe to the other.With a gloriously sunny start to the event, children from both The Right Step and AMG Dance performed on the pier itself, taking us from balletic Mary Poppins through to funky jazz with “Upside Down”. The audience and The TRS Teachers then joined in and learned the routines. It was a fun dance by the water.
This set an eclectic tone for the entire weekend’s workshops where we travelled the globe from the bouncing pom poms of US cheerleading and fun Charleston dancing, to a tropical “Where the Wild Things Are” from the fabulous Bollywood dancing of India to the stomping, wellie-slapping Gumboot dancing from South Africa.We also enjoyed some live dance performances including the delightful “Ginny and Maude go to the Seaside” and a funky fusion from three of our TRS Teachers. One of our most lively workshops turned out to be the Active Armchairs session, where we had a huge circle of seated dancers, and Pete the security guard gave us an inspired Dick Van Dyke impression.By dusk on Sunday we had tried them all, zig-zagged the world, and our most prolific workshop participant Isabella had declared “It was
Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious!!!” …fantastic!
Richard painting Ginny and Maude at The Rats Bay Shindig

Richard painting Ginny and Maude at The Rats Bay Shindig

Artistic Flare

As well as dance, many other art forms and interests were represented at the Shindig. These included everything from, drawing and painting to T-shirt printing and Mini art. There was also some incredible edibles in the form of crepes from Crepe In Your Face and game burgers. The  Sun Pier Gallery and Tea Room was open, we really liked the cardboard piano and there were other displays as well. WOW Magazine, LV21, The KAB Coconut Shy to name a few. Every stall brought a new thing to talk and think about.
On the Sunday we were excited to see Sun Pier House artist, Richard Jeferies, set up a huge canvas a begin to paint Ginny and Maude who had performed that day!
Thank You!

It took a lot of work to bring dance to The Rats Bay Shindig and we have these people for their wonderful help…
Alix Godden (from AMG Dance)
Clare Wilders (Social Media Whizz)
Emma Perry
Georgia Smith
Lawrence Hoar
Lorraine Smith (Instantly Theatrical)
Sophie Fuller
Sophie Williams (Instantly Theatrical)
Steph Vezmar
Taigh Giles
Vicky Branton

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