MovementWorks brings unique groundbreaking programmes into schools that support learning; simultaneously combining physical and intellectual development, pupils of all abilities are engaged and empowered to make academic progress.
Research indicates that a high percentage of children arriving at school have significant barriers to learning that affect their co-ordination, concentration, and self-regulation. More and more teachers are aware of these difficulties in the classroom. Our flagship Developmental Dance Movement® (DDM) programme designed for EYFS and Key Stage 1, is scientifically proven to support the developmental maturity required to be ‘learning ready’ whilst the content aligns with the National Curriculum, optimising the educational learning potential of all children in a fully inclusive class group delivery model.
Inclusive and Best Practice
ALL children benefit from these movement-based approaches and in particular children with additional needs.
Acknowledging the clear links between physical and intellectual development, we are also trained to provide an approved neuro-physical assessment and movement intervention programmes designed for Key Stage 1 and 2. Through our programme delivery and specifically designed monitoring framework, teaching staff benefit by increasing their knowledge base and observational skills in this key area.
Children needing additional support with their physical/emotional/ communication/intellectual development can be more easily identified and better assisted through the methods used in the session. Language development is supported for pupils with ESL/EAL and those with speech and language delay. Where appropriate pupils can be selected for a smaller focus group option.
In addition to Developmental Dance Movement® our practitioners are certified to teach Autism Movement Therapy® (AMT) and Yotism® specialised yoga. These are inclusive and beneficial complementary movement based approaches suitable for both mainstream and special schools.
Bespoke Programme Options
Our programme options allow for bespoke affordable packages suitable for the requirements of each unique school. Staff CPD is included in all options so our depth of knowledge and best practice can be shared across the school and beyond the length of the programme delivery. School pilot programmes extend across one term with a minimum of a once weekly intervention. The full programme is delivered across one academic year.
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"MovementWorks sessions provide superb support for all children, and especially those children on the ASD spectrum. The sessions re-enforce phonics, develop fine motor skills and enhance children's knowledge of the senses. Our prime areas (GLD) have risen 25% since the start of the programme and provide superb value for money. I would highly recommend this programme for any school looking to enhance their provision, especially in the Early Years Foundation Stage."
“Children have thoroughly enjoyed the programme and the impact is being seen especially in our children with specific physical needs”
Ann Coetzee, Teacher, Allen Edwards Primary School
“We are using our sport premium funding for this project and we will seek to gain funding for this programme if funding should ever be discontinued. I would recommend the programme to any other school interested in making a real impact with their sport premium funding.”
G.Wilkins, PE Teacher
Raise Funds for the Programme
We provide a number of ways to work with schools to fundraise for our programmes.
Host a dance event in association with your school PTA or community group
A fantastic alternative to the school disco or community dance. ‘Disco Dayz’® is a 2-3 hour inter ‘active’ event suitable for the entire family.
Replacing aimless balloon popping, tired party games and unruly dance floors it promotes dance fun with purpose. Championing a healthy active lifestyle, the fun aspects of dance as a recreational activity, musical enjoyment, family cohesiveness and learning potential. Basic and bespoke packages are available and can be considered separate to or in conjunction with a school or community programme.
Silent Headphone options are available for groups with additional sensory needs.