At EYFS, KS1 and KS2 level, Maypole dance workshops are an excellent introduction to British values and dance history, combined with physical recreation, teamwork and a lot of fun creating patterns and shapes with brightly-coloured ribbons!
Maypole can be a fun style of dance for KS3+ too! We’ll go for high-speed, high energy versions of some easier dances, and see how complicated we can make things. There can be some crossover with other dance styles too.
Alison can also provide CPD sessions for teachers. In addition to teaching a range of dances, she can suggest suitable music, appropriate warmups and ways of linking maypole dance to the rest of the curriculum, catering to different abilities and achieving high standards.
“I wanted to thank you again for your maypole teaching last week. We had so much positive feedback from pupils and staff and I feel really hopeful that the children will now use the maypole quite regularly during PE, lunch time and school events. The kids all thoroughly enjoyed their lessons – many of them unexpectedly too!! It was lovely to watch a lesson and see how you bought in maths and English into the learning too.”
Age group: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3+, teacher training
Length: 30-60 minutes per class; one-off days/half days, or a series of workshops
Skills and knowledge developed: creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, history, PE, musicality, maths and geometry
Event type: suitable for British Values workshops, PE lessons, after school clubs, and community events
Provided: maypole with 24 ribbons (unless the school has its own), instructor, music on CD, small PA system
Requirements: large hall with a high ceiling (or a dry playground)