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Let’s Move and the National Curriculum:
Dance makes a distinctive contribution to the education of all pupils, in that it uses the most fundamental mode of human expression - movement. Through its use of non-verbal communication, pupils are able to participate in a way that differs from any other area of learning. It provides aesthetic and cultural education, opportunities for personal expression, and it also introduces students to a wealth of traditional, social and theatrical forms. In a broad and balanced curriculum, this important area of human experience should not be neglected.
(‘Dance in the School Curriculum’, a paper by the National Dance Teacher’s Association and others)
Dance is acknowledged as an integral ingredient of a child’s education in the National Curriculum for England 2014. The Expressive Arts documents for Scotland and Northern Ireland encourage teachers to develop dance as part of the Arts and PE curriculum.
The curriculum states that children should be taught to:
develop fundamental movement skills, becom- ing increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individu- ally and with others.
develop balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
perform dances using simple movement pat- terns
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