SCD in the Curriculum

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Message 29445 · 1 Feb 2002 00:13:00 · Variable-width font · Whole thread

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In a message dated 31/1/02 7:09:20 pm, x_xxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx writes:

>I am currently doing a PGCE (teacher training qualification) in England
>but it is surprising how big a part SCD is playing in my course. Before
>Christmas I was at a small country school (88 pupils) on placement and
>their PE topic for the term was dance. I was then given the 'pleasure'
>of getting the whole school involved in SCD and at a parent/pupil fun night
>the kids all taught their parents SCD.................
>
>
>As part of the PE course at college we have to spend three lessons on dance.
> When the lecturer discovered I was a qualified SCD teacher he decided
>that I could teach my classmates these 3 lessons. We have had one and
>my classmates said they all enjoyed it and looked forward to having the
>opportunity to learning more in the next two lessons so they could introduce
>SCD into their schools. So thats another 23 people going to teach it in
>schools.
>
>
>
>As for the National Curriculum (In England) it does state at Key Stage
>2 "Pupils should be taught to:
>
>a. create and perform dances using a range of movement patterns, including
>those from different times, places and cultures
>
>b. respond to a range of stimuli and accompaniment".
>
>SCD fits this description perfectly I think.

As does ECD, and without wishing to pour cold water on your success, I think
it a great pity that children in England should not be taught their own
heritage first. In English Schools, SCD falls into the category of
International Dance.
    The EFDSS, with partnership funding from the former Sports Council (? now
CCPR?), employs a full time Education Officer, Diana Jewitt, who is more than
happy to enter into dialogue with Teacher Training establishments, offering
help, advice, and courses. She can be reached at:
    EFDSS, Cecil Sharp House, 2, Regent's Park Road, London. NW1 7AY
    Tel. 0207 - 485 - 2206 ext. 17

    Incidentally, my wife is an English Country Dancer and Caller, but in her
professional life as Head Teacher of a small rural Primary School in South
Lanarkshire she teaches the children in her School Scottish Country Dances,
just as she uses Scottish poets such as Burns rather than English poets!

Nicolas B., Lanark, Scotland.

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