PE: Dance

Use the Haka or Rugby techniques to inspire students to create dance movements and sequences.

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PE: Dance

Delivery idea

Use the Haka or Rugby techniques to inspire students to create dance movements and sequences.

How to do it

Use the Haka to inspire students to create dance movements and sequences. For the Haka, share the Haka through video clips and introduce students to its culture, meaning, language and purpose. Emphasise the importance of teamwork and respect within the Haka. Groups of students create their own Haka and then perform in a 'Haka-off', trying to intimidate the other groups with their version.

Alternatively, encourage students to create a dance based on rugby movements, such as kicks, passes, hand offs, tackles, line out lifts, scrums, rucks and rolls, try scoring, taking a high catch, sidestep, spin, and blocking a kick. Working in small groups (3s), the students produce a phrase; small group phrases can be linked to create a whole group phrase before producing a final dance.

When/ where to use it

Develop the dances with a view to performing them at key events, such as:

  • National School Sports Week
  • Ceremonial occasions, such as prize-giving, end-of-term assemblies
  • School Games competitions (levels 2 and 3)
  • 100 days to go to Rugby World Cup 2015

Alternatively, incorporate the dance development into a cross-curricular enrichment or citizenship project.

Top tips

  • Enable students to create their own Haka.
  • Show Haka clip from YouTube.
  • Get two groups to perform at each other.

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