LEVEL 1 – CLASS 1
Counting in 1’s; zero – all gone.
March in time with music; direction and pathways; hand coordination; core stability; partner work.
START CLASS 1
Welcome to the first Dancing Maths class. You can meet the dancers in video 1. What are their names?
What to do:
Gently bend and stretch your legs in time with the music. Next, clap in time, then start to march, bringing your kness up higher.
You can march in a circle, into the middle and out, around the room, forwards and backwards, add a clap and wave the arms.
Watch and join in with the dancers in video 2. Or try with the music below:
Count to 4 with your hands
Watch and join in with the dancers in video 3.
You will need a partner – mum, dad, brother sister, friend, or even a teddy!
Begin with hands behind back. Person A place one fist in front of body and count out loud as “one”. Person B copy the action counting “two”. Continue to build tower and count to “four”. Hide hands behind back and say “zero”.
Use the music below:-
*This exercise is great for core stability – remind children to use their stomach muscles and support back with arms behind.
Count to 8 with your feet.
You will need a partner – ask an adult, brother, sister, friend or even try with a teddy bear!
Watch the dancers demonstrate the game in video 4.
Join in with the video, or use the notes below and play your own counting game.
What to do:
Sit on the floor facing each other.
Person A – Place one leg out in front, so that the soul of your foot is facing your partner. Say “one”.
Person B – Place the opposite foot out infront, so that the soul of your foot is touching the soul of your partner’s foot. Say “two”.
Person A – Place the other leg out in front, and say “three”.
Person B – Place the opposite foot out in front, so that the soul is touching your partners foot, say “four”.
Both people then ‘see-saw’ their legs (push and pull), 4 times and say together “five, six, seven, eight”
Count to 8 with your hands.
Watch the dancers demonstrate the game in video 5.
Join in with the video, or use the notes below and play your own counting game
What to do:
Start facing each other. You can sit, stand or lie down.
Person A put one hand up in front, palm facing your partner and say “one”
Person B put the opposite hand up placing palm on your partners hand and say “two”.
Person A put the other hand up in front and say “three”.
Person B place opposite palm on partners hand and say “four”.
Both people see saw hands (like push and pull), repeating the counts “five, six, seven, eight”
*This exercise can be done standing, sitting or lying down depending on the child. It works really well with children with PMLD too – as you can carefully move their hands as you see-saw.
*This cool down is good for wellbeing and bringing the focus to the body. In our busy rushed world, we often forget to help children to find their calm, natural state.
Stand with your feet hip width apart and arms beside your body. Stand still and feel your feet on the floor.
Now take some slow, deep breaths. Breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try breathing in for 4 counts… and out for 4 counts. Do this a few times.
Gently sway your body from side to side feeling relaxed and calm. Try to close your eyes if you want to.
Join in with the video, or use the music below:
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