Staffing: Mrs Shelmerdine and Mrs Walker (SSA) – assists with teaching routines and supporting pupils
Dance aims to develop pupil’s competence and confidence in physical activity which becomes a part of their future lives. The course encourages pupils to pursue a healthy lifestyle. The dance programme aims to achieve the outcomes of ECM and SEAL and provides young people with the opportunity to become:
- Successful and independent learners who enjoy learning and making progress
- Confident and conscientious individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives feeling valued in the eyes of God
- Responsible and caring people who make a positive contribution to the school and local communities, showing respect for both themselves and others
This dance course is ideal for those who have an interest in performing arts, particularly for those who may wish to study dance at college. However, it is also open for all pupils of differing abilities to encourage coordination skills and cooperation. It is vital that we encourage pupils to participate in opportunities both within school and externally to further develop their competence, creativity and performance skills.
The course incorporates different dance techniques and styles allowing pupils to achieve their individual potential. There are be a wide range of workshops covering many different styles of dance from hip-hop to ballroom and pupils will be expected to choreograph and perform many routines themselves. Pupils will also take on leadership roles teaching their routines to others.
Pupils are given the opportunity to perform in school productions and plan and participate in dance displays. Assessment will be in the form of school awards; however, there are opportunities to achieve national awards throughout the course.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 Dance opportunities are offered as part of the Physical Education and Dance programmes. Pupils are also able to access extra-curricular sessions.
Key Stage 4 (Current Year 10)
The course will include both practical and theoretical study. Pupils will be given the opportunity to learn dance routines, choreograph their own routines and lead others during performances.
Year 10 Activites
- Practical Unit One: Hip Hop Routine to a current chart song – this will be performed for open evening either in person or via video
- Practical Unit Two: Social Dancing: Cheerleading, Ballroom, Line Dancing
- Practical Unit Three: Farm Yard/ Pirates dance show – when we will teach either primary school pupils or year 7 pupil’s routines from a show.
- Practical Unit Four: Theatrical Dance – different dance routines from different musicals/ Michael Jackson medley
- Practical Unit Five: Production of our own dance instructional dvd for other pupils to use – could be aerobics, hip-hop, line dance etc
Classroom Based Work
- Film a basic dance step and teach others how to perform it.
- Choreograph work on the computer using stick men moving to music and post on the VLE
- In depth study of technical terminology and theory of dance
- Understanding of Health and fitness relating to dance
Extra Curricular Activities
Pupils from this group lead KS3 pupils in Dance activities sessions as part of the PE extra-curricular programme
Year 11 Activities Proposal
- Practical Unit One: Learn a GCSE set study
- Practical Unit Two: Choreograph an individual piece to your chosen music and a duo or trio to a different piece of music – these will be performed in a dance show along with other work which we have enjoyed.
- Practical Unit Three: The dance show – produced and performed by our own Dance Group