Led by Creative Lab researcher A/Prof Sandra Gattenhof with funding from an Arts Queensland Artist in Residence Grant, The Gowrie (Qld) Inc. engaged Queensland Ballet to present the Kindy Moves program, a ten-week creative movement syllabus specifically designed for early years learning. The program was delivered in term 3 of the school year (2018) through two 45 minute lessons (one lesson per group each week) at Lady Gowrie Caboolture East Community Kindergarten (LGCECK). The children who participated in Kindy Moves were four and five years of age.
The program intersects with the Early Years Learning Framework and Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines by supporting opportunities for children to engage with and develop further confidence in relation to the learning and development areas of identity, wellbeing, active learning and communicating. Each week, students were guided through a variety of group and small group movement-based activities to promote collaboration and self-management. Over the course of the ten-week program the content progressed in difficulty, providing a space for students to find their own sense of agency and pride. While the children explore their imagination and natural movement they honed their coordination, strength, listening, language and vocabulary development.
The program has been developed into a case study by Queensland Ballet with Arts Queensland which you can read here: https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/case-studies/kindy-moves-builds-confidence-step-by-step
You can read more about the project on the QUT News page.
Image courtesy of Queensland Ballet.