KS2 Music / Dance / Drama / History: World War 1 Performance Pack - 'Archie Dobson's War'. Dance - Part 3: Over the top!

The final programme of dance resources linking to World War 1. In this programme the dance activities explore trench warfare with a sequence about going 'over the top'. Then the focus moves on to the Armistice and the commemoration of the War and those who died. Extended music sequences from the programme are available from the Sound Resources programme, which also includes backing tracks from the songs and sound effects that can be used to enhance your staging of the play 'Archie Dobson's War'.

Dance Part 3: Over the top!

Summary

Warm-up

American Ragtime! Moving to lively, optimistic ragtime beat: Step 2, 3, pose! Step 2, 3, pose! Step 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, pose!

Sequence 1: No-man’s-land!

Class divided into 3 equal lines, standing one line behind the other, along one side of the room. In turn, each line moves slowly forward across no man’s land with sometimes brave and sometimes fearful steps. Dancers freeze in a strong battle-pose to finish.

Sequence 2: Grizzly bear dance

Popular, humorous ragtime dance: Step 2, 3, claws! Step 2, 3, claws! Step 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, claws! First person look terrified! Second person look terrified! And step 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, claws!

Sequence 3: Remembrance

In follow-the-leader lines of 6. Each group line walks slowly forward to spread out across the width of the room. Lines should end up parallel and equally spaced – like rows of war-graves in WW1 cemetery. Finally, each group forms the shape of a war memorial.

Cool down

Deep, gentle breaths with slow, controlled stretches, and relax.

Resources

Teachers' notes
document
Archie Dobson's War - The Playscript
document
Music cues and SFX
audio

More from this series

Dance - Part 1: Countdown to war
audio
Dance - Part 2: Over by Christmas
audio
Drama - Part 1
audio