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We have introduced new types of dance and excersice classes for the butterflies, which they are to take part in if they wish. They are also involved in deciding what kind of dancing or exercises we should have at Stepping Stones. So far Emma has introduced boxercise and ballet.
In ballet the children have learnt a few preparatory dance moves, such as dancing arms, pony trots, plies, and curtseys. Well done butterflies!
Keep looking back for more photos and updates of our new classes. See if your child can show you some moves at home :)
If your child has been enjoying our dance sessions- check out ,Devas' - a dance school for
Yoga Pretzels is a new physical activity introduced to the butterflies to help engage children in new ways of moving.
There are 50 fun moves the children can explore, some moves work on balancing( downward dog, tree pose, warrior), team work, breathing and creative play.
These great exercises are great for the children and link directly with the EYFS.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
To engage in Yoga Pretzels the children will initiate with the new activity and seek out a challenge. This new experience will allow them to take a risk and learn how to balance by trial and error. If at first they can not complete the moves they will need to persist with the activity.
These moves will predominantly focus on Physical development. Here are a few direct links to the EYFS
30-50 months Can stand momentarily on one foot when shown.
40-60 months- Experiments with different ways of moving
Communication and Language
30-50 months Is able to follow directions
Uses movement to express feelings.
Initiatives new combinations of movement and gesture in order to express and respond to feelings, ideas and experiences.
Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle is a dancing session which incorporates large gross motor movements both while dancing and then with mark making pens.
‘Co-ordination is the key skill in assisting a child to become a successful writer’ ( Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle’ Shonette Bason)
Direct Links to EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stages)
30-50 months Use one handed tools and equipment
Draw lines and circles using gross motor movements
Manipulates objects with increasing control
Begin to use anti clockwise movement and retrace vertical lines
Begin to form recognisable letters
Our cheer leading sessions went down a treat. The children were each given Pom poms to
dance with.We danced to high school musical and learnt a little cheerleaders chant:-
I am great!
Each child took a turn at the chant whilst shaking their Pom poms and calling out their own