NESA syllabus and support materials – units of work, student work samples and advice on programming
Australian curriculum work samples – portfolios of student work
Sample units of work
Early Stage 1
This unit introduces students to shape, locomotor activity and the use of space. They will experiment with everyday movements, linking these together in a sequence. Students will also experience being an audience member and describe what they see.
In this unit students create dance movements and sequences – both individually and collaboratively – using the stimulus of water.
An understanding of cultural and historical dances is clearly developed in this unit. Students perform a familiar dance, which they then manipulate to create an original dance based on bush dance steps.
Tap … stomp is based on the characteristics of contemporary tap dancing. Students compose and perform dances, using rhythm, sound, percussion and everyday objects, often in non–traditional performing spaces. This unit could also form the basis of a unit to study African, South American or Native North American cultures.
Experimentation with the elements of space and time are the focus of this unit. Students explore shape and develop movement by experimenting with size, dimension, pathway and volume. This further develops numeracy skills and an understanding of creating dance using abstract ideas.
The following resources may be useful in the teaching of dance:
- Arts: live offers practical classroom resources for the arts
- National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) offers a number Indigenous dance programs and performances.
- Sydney Dance Company provides educational resources and programs.
- Bangarra Dance Company offers educational programs for schools and teachers to support dance education.