Exploring Russian dancing at Northdown Primary School

Russian dancing at Northdown Primary

This week at Northdown Primary School, Margate, Year 4 pupils were treated to a workshop which taught them how to dance using traditional Russian music and moves.

The fun-filled workshop was facilitated by Krupa from Primary Workshops for Schools and pupils were excited to showcase their efforts to their parents in the afternoon.

Year 4 teacher Emma Stow said: “The dance workshop was a fantastic opportunity for Year 4 to broaden their experiences, step outside their comfort zones and make links to our current topic Exploring Eastern Europe.

“The staff involved could not be prouder of Year 4. They definitely demonstrated remarkable attitudes and demonstrated our core values.”

Each class learnt a unique dance using traditional Russian folk dance steps, resulting in much laughter and enjoyment. Rounding off the experience by performing the finished dances to their grown ups was the highlight for eight-year-old Iris: “It was so exciting. My favourite part was the dance and performing it to my parents.”

Iris was not alone in her excitement. Elmira, age 8 added: “I thought it was really fun because it had a lot of exercise in it and we really enjoyed doing it. I have never done anything like this before.” Fellow pupil Jacob, also 8, fully agreed: “The Russian dance was so fun – my favourite part was the new music.”

The workshop was fully funded for the pupils by the school as part of their commitment to widening experiences and raising aspirations for all pupils.

Headteacher Matthew Harris said: “We fund all trips and workshops here at Northdown for our pupils as we understand the financial pressures on many of our families and are determined that all pupils receive a rich extracurricular offer whilst they are with us. Every year group has a free workshop or trip out every term.”