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Why an integrated approach? Scheme of work for Tamil language and Bharatha Natyam (South Indian dance) project at Downderry School Activity 5a: Two stars and a wish.

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In this section we look at planning for more developed cross-curricular projects which may involve collaboration between a subject specialist in dance, drama or art and the language specialist. This integrated approach, which has been a common feature of primary practice and is now being encouraged more at secondary level too, can bring signicant learning benets. In particular it can provide a richer context and deepen understanding through stimulating connections between different subject areas. This has been shown to develop condence and improve motivation. However, it relies on: a good working relationship and ongoing dialogue between teachers

a dual focussed approach by both teachers a carefully worked out complementary programme
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To show what such a programme might look like we draw on the cross-curricular Tamil language and Bharatha Natyam (South Indian dance) project at Downderry School. Bharatha Natyam is a highly stylised form of dance drama rooted in ancient religious philosophy and symbolised by the famous dancing Shiva statue. The dramatic element comes from song stories, typically with a moral message, which form the background to the dance. The scheme of work and appendices developed for the project are available to download from this site (See Resource 1- Please see support sheets, video clips and other resources.) The scheme sets out the programme for both language and dance lessons over 10 weeks (one side per week) with supporting information (lists of key structures and vocabulary, texts for song stories, sets of images and various scaffolding activities, etc) provided in an appendix. The rst page of the scheme provides some general information about the class (age range, NC levels in Tamil and dance) and identies links to key government frameworks (National Curriculum, KS2 Framework for Languages, Asset Languages). General learning skills to be developed within the unit in each subject area are also listed. The headings for the main scheme of work tables are: Content / learning objectives (linguistic, cultural, physical, aesthetic)

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The nal goal for the unit is a multimedia presentation on Bharatha Natyam combined with a dance performance. Other planned outcomes are personal project folders created by each pupil and possibly a display. In language lessons pupils explore key aspects of Bharatha Natyam (music; costume, jewellery, make up; the Dancing Siva statue) and also work on the song stories that they are learning to dance to in their dance lessons. Pupils are expected to build up their own glossary of key words as the unit progresses. Activities aim to support an interactive teaching approach with a balance of teacher and pupil centred work. Various formative assessment activities are identied to assist pupils in developing understanding and skills. Activities in dance lessons follow a similar pattern each week building from series of steps to dance sections and then whole dances based on song stories. In response to the music and song stories, pupils learn how to use different step combinations and body movements to communicate the emotions and messages of the dance. They also learn to collaborate with other, share ideas and reect upon their work. In both language and dance lessons a strong emphasis is placed on creative expression. The scheme of work and appendices developed collaboratively with the two teachers are available to download. See Resource 1- Professional Development Resources http://www.gold.ac.uk/clcl/multilingual-learning/creativity/) Colleagues are free to use and/or adapt them in whatever way they wish. There is also a powerpoint presentation on this page of the Multilingual Learning site which was used in a talk given at CILT about the work at Downderry Primary School.

Activity 5a: Two stars and a wish. Read through the scheme of work. With your learning partner agree on and note the two best features of the scheme and suggest one idea for improving it Two stars and a wish is an activity commonly used by teachers when getting pupils to assess each others work.

Two stars and a wish Notes based on reection / discussion with a learning partner.

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