Aims of the Department
Study of dance contributes to a student’s aesthetic and social development. As a physically activity Dance promotes fitness and well-being. As performers students develop confidence and self-esteem, self and body awareness as well as sensitivity to others and team working skills.
Strengths of the Department
We teach in a very practical way using lots of group work and encourage the sharing of work through performance.
School Musicals have always been an important part of what we do within the dance department, most recently Oliver!
Dance clubs for each year group prove very popular and resulted in an outstanding Evening of Dance May 2015.
CBBC ‘Whoops I miss the bus – the Next Step Special’ our students have filmed twice for the BBC, dancing for the camera.
KS3 Dance Curriculum
Year 7 and 9 are taught dance within their PE lessons on a 6 week block.
Year 7’s look at ways they can improve as a dancer, working on flexibility, corner work and small contemporary and street dance routines.
Year 9 focus on Contemporary dance to prepare them for GCSE Dance. Students study Christopher Bruce’s Ghostdances, and are taught repertoire from the professional work as well as choreographing in small groups.
KS4 Dance Curriculum
AQA GCSE Dance is a comprehensive study of Dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural context.
In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, this specification promotes:
- a healthy lifestyle
- team working
Unit 1 – 20% Written exam focusing on ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café and Swansong
Unit 2 – 20% Set Dance
Unit 3 – 20% Performance dance
Unit 4A – 15% Motif development composition
Unti4B – 25% Own choreography