Farm-linked activities for KS1 Dance

Dance activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit.

Curriculum area: Use movements imaginatively, responding to stimuli including music, and performing basic skills


  • Explore contrasting movements through moving like animals or birds eg short, hurried, fast, turning; the light steps of hens; the long, slow, heavy steps of cows.

Change the rhythm, speed, level and direction of their movements


  • Use different percussion instruments to signal different movements e.g. shaking tambourine for hens, beating tambour for cows.
  • Choose favourite farm animals. How would they move, stand still, sit down? Tap beat on tambour. Use rhythmic music; move like your animal to music. Follow partner. Copy their animal moves.

Resources needed:

  • Percussion instruments eg tambourine, tambour

Create and perform dances using simple movement patterns, including those from different times and cultures


  • Use Saint-Saëns Carnival of the animals to develop ideas - 'Hens and cocks' can be used to represent chickens; 'The elephant' can be used to represent large farm animals.
  • Develop idea of a seed growing in the field to explore stretching, smooth, twisting, slow movements.Start curled up. Isolate body parts as they start to grow e.g. fingers, hands. Or use arms only to explore seed theme.
  • Seeds blowing in the wind. Use seeded dandelion as a stimulus. Emphasise twisting, turning, high, low movements.

Resources needed:

  • Saint-Saëns Carnival of the animals

Explore how to choose and apply skills and actions in sequence to tell a story


  • Pretend it is night time. You are a farmer. The farmer is asleep. The naughty animals come out to play. Encourage tip-toeing, creeping. As the farmer stirs shake a tambourine. The children have to freeze and hold their shape. Repeat. How would they tiptoe if they were a cow, rabbit, chicken, field mouse etc?
  • Select a part or phrase or words from a favourite farm story or poem. Use as a stimulus to encourage different movements.
  • Respond to poetry, story, music, imitating animals; expressing feelings to music; using imagination.

Resources needed:

  • Tambourine
  • Farm story or poem.
  • Poems, stories, music