Irish Dance as part of PE Curriculum
Fionan Cogan, has been teaching ceili classes since 1994 and has specifically designed a Primary School Ceili Experience, which fits in with the PE curriculum and to suit all budgets.
- 25 – 30 minute group sessions.
- One day workshops
- A number of consecutive weeks
- A school term or school year.
- Seachtain na Gaeilge
How will the School Ceili Experience work?
- The emphasis will be on having fun whilst developing and exploring co-ordination through selected steps and movement patterns – the 3′s, the 7′s and the swing – using the elbow, ceili and waltz hold.
- Knowledge and cultural experience will be provided through the teaching of social Irish Céilí dances, such as the Walls of Limerick, Siege of Ennis, Two Hand Reel, etc.
- Different tempo and style of dances will be taught such as Reels, Jigs, Polkas, Slides, Hornpipes, Fling, Waltz, March and the Two-step.
- Tuition can be given to all age groups ranging from junior infants to sixth class.
- A school Céilí with live or recorded music can be organised where everyone can do the same dances together.
Integration of Other Curricular Areas using the Ceili Experience
- Irish – explanation and direction of dances can be done utilising the Irish language.
- Maths – students will learn numbers, sequences and geometric shapes via counting the steps, seeing the patterns and spatial awareness.
- Music – the skill of listening and responding will be taught through dance movements to music.
- Visual Arts – names, movements and history of the dances can stimulate a variety of visual images, which could be illustrated through drawing, painting and colouring.
- History – many dances which will be taught have originated from battle scenes and festivities from different seasons. These will be explained as the dances are taught.
- SESE/Geography – dances originated from different parts of the country and a map of Ireland could be utilised to illustrate where these are. Furthermore, an illustration could be used on where Irish dancing, i.e. Riverdance has performed around the world.
- SPHE – social skills, co-operation and team work will be taught as dancing requires the use of all three.
Fionan Cogan TMRC
Mobile: +353 87 818 5111