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Year 4 Dance and Badminton


National curriculum content.

  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.


Lesson objectives

  1. Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
  2. Link movement patterns together.
  3. Work on your own, with a partner or in a group.
  4. Create, practise and perform more complex dances.
  5. Perform as various characters when moving to music.
  6. Communicate feelings through dance.


What we want children to know

  • Counting the beat helps them stay in time with the music, enables them to time their moves correctly and to move with rhythm.
  • Unison is performing the same movement at the same time.
  • What a beat of 8 is – count 8 beats and then restart the count after 8.
  • Canon is performing a movement one after another.
  • The purpose of a cool down is to decrease the heart rate to its resting rate.
  • Rhythm is the timing of dance movements / actions to the music.
  • Dance phrase is a series of movements that are linked together to form part of the overall choreography of the dance.
  • You should always look at the audience when performing (unless stated).
  • Choreography is the sequence of steps and movements in a dance.
  • The three different levels in dance are high, medium or low.


What skills we want children to develop

  • Respond imaginatively to a range of stimuli.
  • Move confidently and safely in your own and general space, using changes of speed, level and direction.
  • Perform movement phrases using a range of different body actions and body part- with control and accuracy.
  • Create linked movement, combing different ways of travelling with beginnings, middles and ends.
  • Compose short dances that express and communicate mood, ideas and feelings, varying simple compositional ideas.
  • Explore, remember and repeat short dance phrases, showing greater control and spatial awareness.



Dance, routine, music, co-ordination, tutting, beat of 8, canon, unison, count, fluency, choreography, performance


National curriculum content

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. 
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Lesson objectives

  1. Can watch, track and catch a shuttle successfully.
  2. To perform a basic forehand action with increasing accuracy.
  3. To perform a basic backhand shot with increasing control.
  4. To keep a rally going using a range of shots. To hit a shuttle into space (at different speeds and heights) to try beat an opponent.
  5. To compete with others.


What we want children to know

  • Throwing the shuttle high and far is a positive and beneficial shot in badminton.
  • When throwing the shuttle the weakest arm should be pointing towards target, the throwing arm should be pulled behind the head and pushed forward when ready to throw.
  • Using a racket safely and sensibly involves:

- Only use/swing the racket in designated areas.

-Taking care with when moving around others.

-Behaving sensibly with a badminton racket in your control.

  • Coordination and movement is an important element in all games.


What skills we want children to develop

  • Continue to improve control of the shuttle, with and without the racket, developing different movements and skills to play varied types of shot including a forehand and a lift.
  • Can hit the shuttle, when in the air, varying height, speed, and direction into space to beat an opponent.
  • Use different skills to try and win games.
  • Work together to keep a rally going, returning the shuttle to a partner.
  • With increasing accuracy, perform a forehand and backhand shuttle serve, hitting the shuttle with confidence and control.
  • Can move around the court with purpose, demonstrating a fast-paced chasse movement in isolation and in games.
  • Show a good stance and structure when throwing and hitting the shuttle.



Badminton, court, shuttle, movement, serve, racket, net, rally, coordination, grip