Dance is delivered by the Physical Education department throughout key stages three and four. A range of dance styles are delivered and our main aim is to promote confidence and creativity in performance, whilst encouraging students to self and peer assess effectively.
Our excellent facilities include a dance studio complete with mirrors and a ballet bar which gives an exclusive space in which to deliver high quality lessons. A scheme of work is delivered in line with the national curriculum and students are given the opportunity to learn motifs, understand and use dance skills in performance, work within the choreographic process and rehearse/perform sequences. Students have the opportunity to use the dance studio at lunchtimes and also participate in extra-curricular clubs outside of lesson time.
Dance is well placed to develop students’ independence, resourcefulness and resilience through choreography, rehearsal and performance. Aesthetic appreciation and reflection is at the heart of each lesson, allowing students to develop as effective practical performers.
Key Stage 3
In-line with the National Curriculum, a scheme of work is delivered which is designed to engage and prepare students for the skills required in BTEC Dance as well as promoting enjoyment in the creation of dance pieces. Students are introduced to a range of dance styles and performance skills and assessment in the form of video playback is utilised readily. Students benefit from having the opportunity to take part in workshops delivered by specialist agencies and watch performances delivered by the BTEC dance group.
Key Stage 4
BTEC Dance First award - Edexcel
Students can opt for BTEC Level 2 Dance at key stage four. This is a highly successful course where 2016 results saw 100% of students achieving expected progress with 65% of students achieving better than expected. BTEC Dance involves both practical and coursework elements throughout the three units and an individual showcase is produced forming external assessment. Students are expected to complete 1 hour of significant homework a week in the form of rehearsal of the practical elements on occasions when written homework is not appropriate. Participation in dance outside of school is advantageous but not compulsory and students do not need extensive dance experience in order to achieve well.
Units covered are as follows:
Unit 1 – Individual Showcase (externally assessed)
Unit 2 – Preparation, performance and production (Internally assessed)
Unit 4 – Dance Skills (Internally assessed).
Head of Department: Chrissie Sargent