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Unit Overview

PE | Year 4 | Unit Overview

Introduction
This Y4 Dance Carnival of the Animals unit will teach your class a
variety of dance techniques, taking inspiration from Carnival of the Assessment Statements
Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. The skills are taught in an engaging By the end of this unit...
and motivational manner, with children using dance techniques and
styles to represent the different animals featured in the piece of music. ...all children should be able to:
Children will learn to dance in unison and in canon and will discover • move in canon with a partner;
how to use dynamics in their dancing in order to fit the mood and the
• mimic an animal’s movements;
tempo of a piece of music.
• imitate a lion’s actions to music;
* The version of Carnival of the Animals referred to in this lesson can • show awareness of control when performing;
be found here. Teacher Note - Please check that the content in this • mimic the actions of a kangaroo in a partner dance;
link/links, including any comments, is suitable for your educational
• match the speed of their dance to the speed of the music;
environment before showing. Please do not let the next video
• recognise the timing of the sounds in a piece of music;
automatically play at the end of the clip. Twinkl accepts no responsibility
for the content of third party websites. • work with a group to move their body in time with the music;
• work with a group to plan a dance that fits the music;
• deliberately use at least two different dance techniques in
their dances.
...most children will be able to:
• move in unison and canon with a partner;
• use dynamics to represent the way an animal moves;
Health & Safety • improvise actions to represent a lion in response to music;
Check the hall for any hazards before beginning the lesson. Ensure • perform with increased precision and control;
all equipment used is child-safe and age-appropriate. Make sure that • improvise actions to represent a kangaroo in response to music;
all children are appropriately dressed and have the correct footwear.
• demonstrate a beginning grasp of performing a dance where
Follow your school’s risk assessment at all times when teaching PE.
the dynamics match the tempo of the music;
• perform a dance in time to music;
• work with a group to choreograph a dance that fits
rhythmically and dynamically with the music;
• work with a group to plan a dance that works with the rhythm
and tempo of a piece of music;
• deliberately use at least three different dance techniques in
Home Learning their dances.
Carnival of the Animals Dance Activities: This Activity Sheet provides
children with a set of six activities linked to their learning. Activities can
...some children will be able to:
be completed at home with a family member or friend, or with a partner • work closely with a partner to ensure their movements are
during school or extracurricular time. perfectly timed in unison or in canon;
• confidently and deliberately select the energy of their
movements to represent the way different animals move;
• link their improvised actions together while still retaining
suitable dynamics;
• show precision and control throughout their performance;
• link their improvised actions together while still retaining
suitable dynamics;
Wider Learning • deliberately match the dynamics of their dance to the tempo
Contact a local dance group and ask them to lead an improvisation of the music and the actions of the kangaroos;
session for a different section of Carnival of the Animals.
• show great awareness of the rhythm of music through
Children could develop a whole class performance for the entire length of their movements;
Carnival of the Animals, with different groups leading different sections. • take the lead when working with a group to perform a dance
with rhythm and control;
To look at all the resources in the Dance: Carnival • lead a group to plan a dance that uses suitable dynamics for
of the Animals unit click here. the theme of the dance as well as the tempo and rhythm of a
piece of music;
To find out more about Twinkl Move download our • deliberately use at least four different techniques in their dances.
free guide here.

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Lesson Breakdown Resources

1. Carnival of the Animals • Access to the hall or other


large space.
To perform dances using a range of movement patterns in
• Music – Carnival of the Animals
the context of choreographing dances inspired by Carnival of by Camille Saint-Saëns*
the Animals.
• To improvise movement patterns inspired by Carnival of
the Animals.

2. Keeping Control • Access to the hall or other


large space.
To perform a dance using a range of movement patterns in the
• Music – Carnival of the Animals
context of the lion section of Carnival of the Animals. by Camille Saint-Saëns*
• To show precision and control in response to Carnival of
the Animals.

3. Dynamic Dance • Access to the hall or other


large space.
To perform a dance using a range of movement patterns in the
• Music – Carnival of the Animals
context of the kangaroo section of Carnival of the Animals. by Camille Saint-Saëns*
• To vary the dynamics of a dance inspired by Carnival of
the Animals.

4. Feel the Rhythm • Access to the hall or other


large space.
To perform a dance using a range of movement patterns in the
• Music – Carnival of the Animals
context of the aquarium section of Carnival of the Animals. by Camille Saint-Saëns*
• To demonstrate rhythm in a longer dance sequence
inspired by Carnival of the Animals.

5. The Finale Part 1 • Access to the hall or other


large space.
To perform a dance using a range of movement patterns in the
• Music – Carnival of the Animals
context of the finale of Carnival of the Animals. by Camille Saint-Saëns*
• To compose longer dance sequences using a range of
dance vocabulary to describe and improve work.

6. The Finale Part 2 • Access to the hall or other


large space.
To perform a dance using a range of movement patterns in the
• Music – Carnival of the Animals
context of the finale of Carnival of the Animals. by Camille Saint-Saëns*
• To compose longer dance sequences using a range of • An audience where possible.
dance vocabulary to describe and improve work.

To look at all the resources in the


Dance: Carnival of the Animals unit click here. National Curriculum Aim Lesson Context Child Friendly

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