Developing units of work: Water study


Image by Laszlo Ilyes

The development of our first unit of work integrating dance practices has begun!

In our first unit of work specifically developed for the Australian Arts curriculum, we will use a thematic idea to effectively integrate dance practices. This is one of many approaches to programming that you can take, and we will look at other approaches as we develop more dance activities.

Go to Dancing Capital where you will find the developing unit of work. So far we have done a curriculum mapping of content that will be addressed for Years 5/6, Years 7/8 and Years 9/10; and have developed the first dance activity on the theme of ‘water’.


Countdown to the Australian Curriculum

Dance learning

Photo by Peter Voerman at Oude School

It’s the first day of August and we are waiting for the Australian Education Minister’s group to endorse the Australian Arts Curriculum. When that happens, Violet’s blog will focus on the language and concepts that are contained in the new dance curriculum—to support teachers to align the new with the old, or to explore new ideas and strategies for implementation.

When I started teaching dance, I had no idea what to do or where to begin to plan a lesson. I had learned ballet and jazz as a kid, and had choreographed some musical numbers for high school performances, but I didn’t know how to conduct a class, or how to sequence learning for students. Back then there was a dearth of resources to help the beginning teacher.

While there are more resources now, dance does not enjoy the same level of support that other curriculum areas receive. I hope this blog and the Dancing capital website will fill some of the gaps in resourcing.

I’m looking forward to the challenge!