Get Active with Music and Dance for Primary School PDHPE
Central Coast Primary School PDHPE Network Workshop Clips

The video clips below are from a 2011 PDHPE Network workshop for primary school teachers on teaching dance. The workshop was a practical session on designing and running fun and active primary school dance programs.

The workshop;
- explains the links between the activities and the PDHPE syllabus,
- includes 3 fantastic dance activities for teachers to run with their students, and
- reviews the elements of dance and the syllabus outcomes

The presenter is Sue Lane. Sue has a way of enabling generalist primary school teachers to choreograph and teach dance, address the dance components of the NSW PDHPE syllabus, and have loads of fun in the process. She is an accomplished teacher and lecturer in creative and performing arts. We thank Sue for allowing us to video and publish her workshop presentation. Thanks also to our wonderful and enthusiastic teachers.

View the video clip of the workshop presentation of any of the activities below. Full screen viewing is available by clicking the box in the corner of the viewing screen.

Teacher Handout Explained

click here for the workshop handout

Sue Lane explains the handout in the video to the right. However it might be best to view the activites below first as Sue provided the handout and explained it at the end of the workshop.

Warm-up - 5 to 10 mins
  • Includes 2 simple activities to 32 beat music, a marching activity and a simple activity playing with speed of movement
  • Dynamic and static stretches are included at the end of the warm-up.


Elements and Outcomes
  • The elements of dance (i.e. space, time, action, dynamics, relationships, and structure) in relation to the warm-up activities just performed.
  • The syllabus outcomes using Stage 1 as an example

Simple Improvisation Activity
  • Starts with an individual 8 beat improvisation and leads into a partner copying dance/game.
  • Ticks all the elements and outcomes boxes
  • Represents an easy way to choreograph some improvisation into a dance routine.
  • Looks good i.e. has audience appeal, as it still has some pattern to it.

Hand Jive

This is a super fun way to teach dance steps. Sue teaches the steps to two folk dances by first learning them seated and slapping the thighs. This is then transferred to standing.

Teachers are then encouraged to come up with moves of their own.

Cool Down

Go to the 'Shape Museum' for a unique cool down that can also be used to teach maths concepts.









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