KS1 Dance: Time to Move. Pattern world

Diane Louise Jordan has three dance sessions exploring shapes in the natural and man-made world.

1. Symmetry in the man-made world
2. Asymmetry in the natural world
3. Pattern in an artist's world

Pattern world

This unit uses the poem ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies to introduce the children to the value of looking closely at the world around them. Through the course of the unit the children explore the visual contrasts between the man-made and the natural world focussing particularly on symmetry, asymmetry, straight and curved lines. They are also introduced to the work of two artists who use pattern and environment with very contrasting outcomes.

The children work from direct observation and from the imagination to create physical expressions for their ideas which are built from individual and pair work to more collaborative group or even class work by the end of the unit.

Learning objectives


  • Use compositional strategies in pair work - compliment / contrast.
  • Use different arrangements of dancers to create patterns - individual, pair, group (whole class).


  • Develop increasing accuracy and control in the use of dynamics - jerky and flowing.
  • Develop increasing accuracy and control in the use of space - shape, level, pathway.
  • Use contact in a group to express the dance idea.


  • Describe and evaluate specific aspects of their own or others’ work.

Fitness and Health

  • Understand how dance can improve general body skills - balance and control.

Related units of KS1 Dance: Time to Move

Springs, magnets and monsters!
The water cycle
Journey through space