KS1 Dance: Time to Move

KS1 Dance: Time to Move is presented by Diane Louise Jordan and Pete Hillier and provides off-the-shelf dance resources for KS1 suitable for Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. The content is broadly similar to the companion series Let's Move, but is generally suitable for older children, aged approximately 6 - 8 years old. The units below have been arranged thematically. Scroll through the titles to see what's available. For more information on using Time to Move see below.

Seasons

Changing weather
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A traditional harvest
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Spring plants
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The Pond in Spring
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Spring in the garden
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Summer camping
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Stories

The Hare and the Tortoise
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Alice in Wonderland
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Pinocchio
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin
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The King's new clothes
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The Brave Tin Soldier
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Ten Pieces - The Firebird
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The journey of the Magi
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The Happy Prince
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Science / Maths

Springs, magnets and monsters!
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Pattern world
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Changing weather
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Spring plants
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Ten Pieces - Planet Mars
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Fruit and veg
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Antarctica
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Oceans
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Journey through space
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Ten Pieces - The sea
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Festivals / Special days

Diwali
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A Victorian Christmas
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The journey of the Magi
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History

The Great Fire of London
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A traditional harvest
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A Victorian Christmas
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Dinosaurs
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Topics

Journey through space
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Dinosaurs
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The Great Fire of London
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Playground games around the world
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African waterhole
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Ten Pieces

Ten Pieces
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Ten Pieces - The sea
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Ten Pieces - On the mountain
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Ten Pieces - Planet Mars
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Ten Pieces - The Firebird
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Using Time to Move

Time to Move is a dance series for Key Stage 1 pupils that can help you deliver the objectives of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 for PE. The series needs plenty of space. The hall or a cleared and swept classroom or similar large space is ideal.

Use the best equipment that the school has for playback. Check that the loudspeakers are facing the children to ensure the best possible listening environment.

Make sure the children dance in gym shoes or bare feet. Bare feet give a good sense of contact with the floor, if your floor is safe. The children should be in PE kit to allow easy movement and to ensure that they do not become too hot. Encourage the children to listen carefully right from the start - not just to the presenter but also to the music.

Teaching points:

Some tips to help you get the best out of these programmes...

  • Download or print the Teacher Notes for the unit or episode you are interested in. The Teacher Notes are available from the unit homepages and the episode pages. The Notes include important guidance on the content of each dance session.
  • If easier, you may download the audio for any dance session you are interested in. The download audio is in mp3 format and the file sizes are typically about 12MB. The download links appear on the individual episode pages.
  • Always encourage careful listening...and listen carefully yourself as you will need to be ready to mediate the playback of the audio.
  • Reinforce the importance of safety - eg awareness of others to avoid collisions, spacing, sensible landings (with the whole foot, flexing as it comes down and knees bending).
  • Help the children to observe each other’s movement in a positive light and to learn from their observations.
  • Give the children a sense of your own enthusiasm.