At the start of this project, it was brought to my attention that within my setting Year 6 pupils were showing emotionally that they found it hard to express their feelings. The opportunity arose and by contacting a number of outside agencies, Dance East really stood out! The fact they were able, through Dance, to provide a project that pupils were going to be able to express their emotions. I worked with the team at Dance East, starting off with the main contact Lucy, Lucy was able to talk about what Dance East had to offer and the different packages they had, which would best support the pupils within my setting. A week later Lucy provided me with a package and it went smoothly from there. I was able to contact Lucy at any time and nothing was ever too much trouble from emails to phone calls.
It was agreed that Dance East would attend The Willows Primary School on a Friday PM for one hour for a ten week project. Included in the package was the chance for all students of Year 6 to attend a show “CAS PUBLIC” and perform at the end of the project. The project was delivered by Dance East = Lead Dance Artist Laura and an Assistant Dance Artist Maya.
This was a new partnership for my setting and a new activity to be able to support the pupils through dance to express their emotions.
At the start of the project all pupils in Year 6 were invited to see a show “CAS PUBLIC”. This was to allow the pupils to be able to understand that no matter, our background, ethnicity and what views we may have. We are all different in many different ways but in society we would all like to be treated the same.
After the above show “CAS PUBLIC” which really made all students, think about how we are all different but we are all humans and always there for one another. I then worked closely with the Year 6 Teacher to choose the pupils that we felt would benefit from the project. This being that it would have a positive impact and would make the pupils feel stronger and have a voice for freedom to talk.
We collaboratively choose 22 pupils to participate; these pupils have/had the background of Social and Emotional Barriers, SEN, Mental Health, Behaviour and Resilience. The student’s chosen were informed about the exciting opportunity from an outside agency. All the pupils were very excited, keen and none of the pupils said I wouldn’t like to take part. A couple of pupils were not sure but they were keen to try and see what it was all about. They then participated throughout the whole project which was nice to see.