Primary School Programme

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“When I dance I learn how to put my imagination into a movement… It helps me learn how to bring out my potential, how to work as a team and how to be brave about dance” – Year 5 Pupil, Reay School

Siobhan Davies Dance works to advance dance and choreography. We partner with primary schools to deliver high quality experiential learning through dance.

Experience It projects are delivered directly to and with students in schools. Our approach gets children up out of their chairs, excited and physically engaged in their learning. We work closely with schools to develop bespoke projects that enhance and embed students’ curriculum learning through movement and choreography. The projects develop children’s dance and choreography skills, alongside their critical thinking, speaking and listening, leadership and team work. The work supports pupils’ social, emotional and cultural development.

Extend It Teacher Professional Development Training gives teachers a practical understanding of how to integrate dance and choreography into everyday curriculum teaching. Through our Extend It training, teachers gain new skills to plan and facilitate high quality dance that advances pupils’ skills within the art form and physically engages children in their wider school learning. We share our accessible methodology that can be applied to all contexts. Resource packs and lesson planning documents are included.

“Learning about and through dance has brought the curriculum alive for both the children and teachers and continues to inspire many new projects.” – Teacher at West Oxford Primary School

Extend it training is available for twilight staff meetings, Initial Teacher Training courses, INSET days and ongoing CPD. We integrate teacher professional development within our Experience It projects.

“It was honestly one of the best CPD experiences I have ever had in 10 years of teaching” – Teacher, Birchfields Primary School

More about our creative methodology:
Starting with a topic, learning priority, or concept we support participants – children or teachers – to create movement from this stimulus, beginning with observing, listening, touching and experiencing.  There are no taught steps.  Through the experience and skill of our Artist Facilitators and their application of our creative methodology, participants learn to develop and structure movement from their ideas and connect their learning to school subjects and beyond.  Pupils have real agency in the creative process.

“The project has had a real impact on the children’s learning about dance, and about other subjects including science and maths.  Their learning has surpassed the curriculum markers.  Now I’ve begun to teach science and maths through dance!” – Teacher at Reay Primary School

Find out more about the impact of our programme here.

To speak to a member of SDD staff regarding our Primary School Programme please contact Laura on 0207 091 9650 or