• Class: Primary 2
  • Term: 2nd Term
  • Week: 4
  • Age: 6 years
  • Period:
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Date:
  • Subject: Cultural And Creative Arts
  • Curriculum Theme: Cultural And Creative Arts
  • Topic: Traditional Dance
  • Content: Special traditional dance in Nigeria – Gbagi dance and Atilogwu dance.

Specific Objectives:
By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

  • Cognitive Domain: Recognize and name two special traditional dances in Nigeria.
  • Affective Domain: Appreciate the cultural significance of Gbagi and Atilogwu dances.
  • Psychomotor Domain: Demonstrate basic movements of Gbagi and Atilogwu dances.
  • Social Domain: Participate in group dance activities, fostering teamwork.

Reference Materials:

  • 9 – Years Basic Education Curriculum
  • Abuja Educational Resource Centre Scheme of work
  • NAPPS National Unified Scheme of Work
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks

Instructional Materials:

  • Pictures or videos of Gbagi and Atilogwu dances
  • Open space for movement
  • Traditional music or drum beats

Rationale for the Lesson:

Understanding traditional dances is essential for preserving cultural heritage and fostering a sense of identity.

Prerequisite/Previous Knowledge:

Students should have basic knowledge of cultural activities and dance.


Content Development: Special Traditional Dance

ContentTimeTeaching MethodTeaching StrategyTeacher’s ActivityPupils’ ActivityLearning Point
Introduction 5 minsDiscussionQuestioningAsk pupils if they know any traditional dances. Introduce Gbagi and Atilogwu dances.Respond to questions and share any knowledge.Recognize and name two traditional dances in Nigeria.
Explanation 10 minsExplanationDemonstrationShow pictures or videos of Gbagi and Atilogwu dances. Explain their cultural significance.Observe and listen attentively.Appreciate the cultural significance of Gbagi and Atilogwu dances.
Demonstration 10 minsDemonstrationModelingDemonstrate basic movements of Gbagi and Atilogwu dances. Encourage imitation.Imitate dance movements.Demonstrate basic movements of Gbagi and Atilogwu dances.
Group Activity 10 minsGroup ActivityCooperative LearningDivide pupils into groups. Practice dance movements in groups.Practice dance movements in groups.Participate in group dance activities, fostering teamwork.
Note taking5 minsWriting Note-TakingProvide key points for note-taking.Take notes on key information.Retain information about Gbagi and Atilogwu dances.
Evaluation3 minsQuestion and AnswerQuizAsk questions about Gbagi and Atilogwu dances.Answer questions individually.Assess cognitive understanding and recognition.
Conclusion 2 minsRecapReflectionSummarize the lesson and ask pupils to share their thoughts.Share their thoughts on the lesson.Reflect on the importance of preserving traditional dances.

Classroom Note:

Special Traditional Dances in Nigeria

  1. Gbagi Dance:
    • Originating from the Middle Belt region, Gbagi dance is known for its lively and rhythmic movements, often performed during celebrations and social events.
  2. Atilogwu Dance:
    • Atilogwu is a high-energy dance originating from the Igbo people. It involves intricate footwork, acrobatics, and vibrant costumes, making it a popular dance during festivals.
  3. Bata Dance:
    • Bata dance is prominent among the Yoruba people, featuring rhythmic drumming and intricate footwork. It is often performed during ceremonies and festivities.
  4. Sokoto Dance:
    • Sokoto dance, also known as the “Shai,” is a traditional dance of the Hausa people. It is characterized by graceful movements and is often performed during weddings and cultural events in the northern region.


  1. Name one special traditional dance in Nigeria.
  2. What is the cultural significance of Gbagi and Atilogwu dances?

Note to Teachers:
Customize the lesson content, teaching methods, and pupil activities to suit your teaching style, curriculum, and available resources.

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Last Update: January 4, 2024