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Curriculum

Dance

The Subject Way

Our subject has a 鈥楽ubject Way鈥 at the heart of it. Our Subject Way is designed to help students become young subject specialists. The Subject Way has two main purposes:

Firstly, to teach students the vital skills they need to achieve their full potential and gain the very best grades they can. Secondly, to teach students how each subject relates to the wider world, incorporating the life skills they will learn.

It is our belief that knowing how what you learn links to the wider world brings a subject to life and therefore improves overall understanding and engagement.

Curriculum Plan
Year 7

Units Taught

  • Introduction to Choreography.

Main Skills Developed

Students will learn what a motif is and how to apply the 6 basic dance actions when creating one. They will understand how to develop their motif using formations, the 16 choreographic devices and consider why it is important to consider structure when choreographing a dance. They will develop physical, technical and expressive skills through practical exploration and learn what motif development is and why it is important when choreographing a dance.

Year 8听

Units Taught

  • Performance Skills of a Dancer.

Main Skills Developed

Students will know what Physical and Expressive skills in dance, how to apply these and the benefit these have to a performance. This will be learnt by applying these techniques successfully into pieces of repertoire, from a variety of dance styles.听

Year 9听

In Year 9 students have the opportunity to experience more Dance lessons by choosing it as an option in PE. This provides an excellent platform for students to progress onto GCSE Dance, whilst studying dance all year. During this year students will study the following:

HT1听

Contemporary dance technique with a focus on physical, technical, expressive, mental skills and safe practice. Students explore contemporary choreography.听

HT2听

Jazz dance technique with a focus on physical, technical, expressive, mental skills and safe practice. Students explore jazz choreographers.听

HT3 and 4

Students will understand the routes of a motif and explore the ways a Motif can be developed to create a piece. Inspiration is taken from a variety of professional works.听

HT5

Students will develop the skills required to lead a dance session. They will take part in and plan a full dance session consisting of arm up, starter activity, main choreography, performance, feedback and plenary.听

HT6

Students will learn what Dance for Camera and to create their own Dance for Camera pieces. This will involve use of camera angles, techniques and editing skills. Students will also gain an idea of site specific work.

Why Study Dance?

BTEC Dance is a progression from studying Dance at KS3.听 This route will听develop your performance skills and knowledge of dance techniques.听 It will prepare you for progression to study Dance at A-Level or Level 3 at college.

What Will I Study?

You will develop skills learnt throughout Years 7 and 8 and refine action techniques and performance skills for performance. You will learn how to choreograph and coach for performance and take a stimulus to stage. You will learn warm up routines, develop independent working and progress tracking skills, knowledge and application of health and safety procedures, negotiation and communication skills and confidence in performing to an audience.

How will I be assessed?

There are three components:

  1. Exploring the performing arts is worth 60 marks and is a non-exam/internal assessment set by Pearson and marked by the centre. During this component learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining the work of performing arts professionals and the processes used to create performance.
  2. Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts is another 60 marks and is also a non-exam/internal assessment set by Pearson and marked by the centre. During this component learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting, dance and/or musical theatre repertoire as performers or designers.
  3. Responding to a brief is a 60 mark and is completed in lessons over a 12 week period but marked by Pearson. During this component learners will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to contribute to a workshop performance as either a performer or a designer in response to a brief and stimulus.

What Skills Will I Need?

You must be a听confident communicator听and have a听love of performing. You need to be able to听work with others听and be able to听remember and progress dances听for performance. Basic knowledge of Dance skills and techniques from Year 7 and 8 or external dance classes is essential.

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