PPA Covered delivers high-quality dance programs to Primary Schools across Yorkshire and the North of England. These programs achieve the PPA cover requirements for both Art and Design. Art and Design is a required foundation subject in the National Curriculum.
PPA Covered teachers guide children through these progressive programs and support them while they find and develop ideas, explore and create artwork and assess and grow their work. Our selected teachers are creative and resourceful individuals who can adjust lessons and themes based off of the school’s set curriculum map.
The Department for Education recommends that Key Stage 1 children should be receiving at least 50 minutes a week and Key Stage 2 for 55 minutes of Art and Design per week within a 38-week academic program. PPA Covered meets these requirements with engaging and well-planned dance lessons.
PPA Cover sessions are in-line with the National Curriculum and incorporate four key areas of progress:
-Acquiring and Developing New Talents
-Choosing and Using New Talents, Strategies, and Thoughts
-An Understanding of Fitness and Overall Well-being
-Assessing and Refining Performance
PPA Covered provides skill-based activities, which guarantees development while supporting creative cross-curricular links. Sessions run throughout the year and are available for any child in Primary School. We allow Primary Schools to supply dance lessons to their students from a specialized teacher without taking another subject teacher away from their planning time.
Dance lessons instructed by a specialist are vital for primary schools to ensure that exceptional and skillful students can find and develop skills. Through the experience provided by PPA Covered, students who struggle with focus and concentration can create more hands-on and imaginative ways to express themselves.
A range of dance sessions and themes are available including, Sounds of Spain, Jazzed About Jazz, African Rhythms, Walk Like an Egyptian, Feelings, and Hello Neighbor.
Students will choose or create a theme to follow alongside their other curricular activities and studies. This choice provides autonomy for students to explore their interests, while also incorporating academics as well. Engagement is key to a child’s success in school, so providing a creative outlet promotes interest in learning new information. By connecting the dance sessions to other parts of the syllabus, teachers will be able to continue supporting the students in the classroom. The material they learn will stay relevant and fun ensuring that students remain engaged in their lessons.
The children will not only learn the tempo, moves, and lyrics of each song, but they will also be able to make connections to learning topics in school. For example, the ‘Feelings’ session will incorporate different ways for students to express their thoughts and sentiments. It will teach them a range of emotions and how to convey them in words and gestures. This session is important because it educates students on emotional intelligence, which includes being more self-aware of their feelings and the feelings of others.
Theater and musical workshops are also available for Holiday productions and special school events. These performances provide a common goal for students to work towards together. It is also a time to explore different holidays, traditions, and celebrations. A common purpose will create an understanding of the practice diverse students observe and unity within the children. Both theater and musical sessions also provide a way to link students with their community. Family, friends, and the public can support them in their acts.