Short breaks is a programme of activities ran by Telford and Wrekin Council aimed at giving children with disabilities and additional needs engaging activities, whilst giving their parents and carers a well earned break.
We have a wonderfully creative team dancing with children at Southall and Haughton Schools in Telford. SiD dancers Anna Belyavin, Poppy Mansfield and Svenja Jinman have been facilitating weekly classes.
Here is an update from Anna Belyavin
At Haughton we have gone on some creative adventures, exploring stories and themes such as ‘The Snail and the Whale’, the football World Cup, island adventures and the circus to name a few. The children have enjoyed using their imaginations to explore different worlds and different characters using props and images to work together to make movement.
At Southall the creative movement sessions have been looking at developing and improving dance vocabulary as well as exploring themes and ideas such as ‘the elements – air, water and fire’.
The children have learnt taught material as well as explored creative ideas, improvisation, partner work and choreography.
We finished the term by making the most of the good weather and taking our dancing outside in the sunshine. We explored nature, sounds and the environment, finishing with a creative dance on the benches in the school grounds. These dances are featured in the video, below.