Our aim is to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum that promotes enjoyment, resilience, healthy lifestyles and creativity. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all students to succeed.


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Year 7

Building Movement Vocabulary and an understanding of safety in dance performance

Responding to a Visual Stimuli through choreography skills

Duet Compositions based on basic choreographic devices

Building knowledge of compositional devices through group work

Introducing weight taking through basic contact work

Whole Class performance based on a recent topic in society.  Link to cross curricular subjects.

Year 8

Building Movement vocabulary and dance technique

Responding to a Kinaesthetic stimulus through Choreography skills

Responding to an Ideational Stimulus

Trust: Contact work in duets, sensitivity and safety in full and partial weight supports

Whole class performance based on a recent topic in society.  Link to cross curricular subjects

Year 9
Dance Appreciation: Emancipation of Expressionism (Hip Hop) Safe working practice. Developing Physical and Technical skills. Basic contact work Physical, Expressive, Technical and Mental skills. Choreographic devices. Hypothetical questions. Dance Appreciation: A Linha Curva (Contemporary, Samba Capoeira) Choreographic devices, Physical and Technical skills. Choreographic devices. Learn one set phrase. 12 mark contribution question. Dance Appreciation: Shadows Developing confidence in performance. Mental skills Whole class group piece. Choreographic processes. Rehearsal processes.
Year 10
Artificial Things (Inclusive Dance) Developing Physical and Technical skills. Trio performance piece. 2nd set Phrase. Infra (Contemporary Ballet) Trio performance piece. Performing skills. Responding to stimuli. Choreography tasks. Choreographic devices and Relationships. Duo/Trio performance piece. Within Her Eyes (contact) Developing 6 and 12 Mark questions.  Evening of Dance. Set Phrase 2. Developing 12 mark contribution and comparison questions. Developing performance opportunities. Preparing for mock examination. Duo/Trio performance piece. How to achieve a high level of performance. Performing skills.
Year 11
Trio performance, 2 Set phrases. 6 and 12 mark exam revision Practical exam 1 - Set Phrases and Duo/Trio performance piece. Performance and Mental skills. Mock exam Choreography focus. AQA Stimuli paper. Creative processes. Anthology features revision. Choreography practical exam. Section B exam questions. 12 mark exam questions. Programme notes.  Evening of Dance. Theory exam  
Year 12
Technique Skills, Contact work, Solo performances, Independent Dance Scene, Matthew Bourne & Akram Khan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Sutra. Choreography skills. Christopher Bruce, Rooster, Ballet Rambert Year 13 Exam Performance skills.  Evening of Dance. Developing essay questions. Rambert and ICDS Repertoire. Movment example banks. Mock exam preparation, Quartet, Solo Performance on named practitioner
Year 13
Choreographic processes, Quartet and Solo performances Theory Mock Ballet Rambert and Independent Dance Scene.  Set works Rooster and Sutra. Rooster by Christopher Bruce. Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkoaui. Quartets and Solo perforamnces. Choreography paper Choreography practical exam. Programme Notes.  Evening of Dance Theory exam  

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 dance lessons are a part of the PE curriculum. Students will learn a variety of skills through Performance and Choreography. The lessons are designed to provide a platform in preparation for GCSE Dance.

Key Stage 4

A comprehensive study of Dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural context. Through the study of GCSE Dance students learn to choreograph, perform and appreciate dance as an art form. GCSE Dance enables students to engage as choreographers through:

  • creative and imaginative response to a range of stimuli
  • use of imagination, problem solving, creativity and the synthesis of ideas
  • application of knowledge, skills and understanding of choreographic forms and devices
  • communication of ideas, feelings, emotions, meanings and moods GCSE Dance enables students to engage as performers through the:
  • application of knowledge, skills and understanding of performing
  • development of physical, technical, mental and expressive skills
  • communication of choreographic intention and artistry GCSE Dance enables students to appreciate dance through the:
  • articulation of knowledge and critical reflection to inform artistic practice
  • critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts
  • critical analysis, interpretation, evaluation & appreciation of professional dance works

Post 16

Course Content:

  • Choreography: Students must learn how to create an original piece of choreography, in response to an externally set task.
  • Performance: Students must develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform as a soloist in the style of a practitioner and how to perform as part of a quartet.
  • Critical engagement: The areas of study and set works provide an appropriate focus for students to critically engage with dance and understand the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance. Areas of focus:
  • Rambert Dance Company - 2 practitioners and repertoire
  • The Independent Contemporary Dance Scene - Akram Khan & Matthew Bourne

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Weekly dance club for Year 7 and 8. Exam rehearsals for GCSE and A Level Students. Performance opportunities at Open and Options evenings. Opportunity to be involved in the Big Musical production. Evening of Dance. Christmas Show. Theatre trips.

Exam Boards


A-Level - AQA

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