A Victorian Christmas. 1: Decorate the tree

Diane Louise Jordan has the first of two dance sessions turning the clock back to explore a Victorian Christmas.

1. Decorate the tree

In the first session of the unit Diane Louise Jordan is looking forward to Christmas, with a dance making extensive use of the well-known Christmas carol O Christmas tree:

O Christmas tree,
O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches.
O Christmas tree,
O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches.
In summer sun and winter’s snow,
A coat of green you always show.
O Christmas tree,
O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches.

Resources

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Teacher's Notes
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Christmas dance music sequence (refer to Teacher's Notes for the elements of the dance included).

Lesson summary

Warm up: skipping through the space in time with carol music.

Marching as the tin soldier: first marching on the spot then travelling around the space.

Skipping while playing penny whistle: skipping around the space making finger movements for playing the penny whistle.

Paper-chain shapes: working in groups of about 6, finding ways to interlink arms etc to crate paper-chains.

Refining paper-chains: groups choose three favourite paper-chain shapes and find ways to link them together smoothly.

Angels and stars: in pairs, children move one after the other as either angels or stars.

Christmas tree dance: in a class circle beginning to create a dance based on the words of the O Christmas tree carol.

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See also from KS1 Dance: Let's Move...

Twas the Night before Christmas
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The Nutcracker
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The journey of Magi
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