Curriculum Plan – Dance

*In Years 7 & 8 students receive one unit of Dance per year which is delivered on a carousel within the PE Curriculum.

Year / Term

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 7

Response to a Stimulus

Inspired by abstract Art, students will explore
Kandinsky’s ‘In The Blue’, alone, in pairs and with a group, learning the basic skills of choreography and performance.

Response to a Stimulus

Inspired by abstract Art, students will explore
Kandinsky’s ‘In The Blue’, alone, in pairs and with a group, learning the basic skills of choreography and performance.

Response to a Stimulus

Inspired by abstract Art, students will explore
Kandinsky’s ‘In The Blue’, alone, in pairs and with a group, learning the basic skills of choreography and performance.

Year 8

Musical Theatre

Students will explore the number ‘Revolting Children’ from Matilda, learning repertoire and working creatively to produce a fun and original piece in the Musical Theatre style.

Musical Theatre

Students will explore the number ‘Revolting Children’ from Matilda, learning repertoire and working creatively to produce a fun and original piece in the Musical Theatre style.

Musical Theatre

Students will explore the number ‘Revolting Children’ from Matilda, learning repertoire and working creatively to produce a fun and original piece in the Musical Theatre style.

Year 9

GCSE Dance

Technique and basic composition

Students will work to improve key technical skills in the
Contemporary dance style whilst developing movement vocabulary and consolidating the 4 components of dance.

Set Phrase 1

Students will be taught a technical study and learn how to develop the material using choreographic devices.

NCFE Dance

  • Importance of a Warm-Up & Cool-Down (correct
    implementation and leading a safe Warm-Up).
  • Technique and Dance Styles: learn 2 exercises per style;
    Ballet, Cotemporary, Commercial, Jazz & Musical Theatre.
  • Self-Assess progress in dance technique through dance
    skills audits.
  • Start self-reflection diary/blog/video focusing on
    technical skills.
  • Start self-reflection diary/blog/video focusing on
    performance skills.
  • Learn a performance piece based on 2 contrasting dance
    styles.
  • Select a role in the school’s production; dancer, dance
    captain, choreographer. Create a job profile.

(U1)

GCSE Dance

Anthology Work 1

Integrated choreographic and theoretical exploration.

Performance Piece Preparation

Students will work alongside the teacher to create and rehearse an original performance piece.

NCFE Dance

Evening of Dance project:

  • Learn a performance piece that showcases at least 2 dance
    styles.
  • Create and run fundraising events to save for costumes.
  • Create a budget calculation for the performance piece.
  • Create a rehearsal schedule for all performers to attend.
  • Choreograph a performance piece.
  • Create and run fundraising events to save for costumes.
  • Create a budget calculation for the performance piece.
  • Create a rehearsal schedule for all performers to attend.

GCSE Dance

‘An Evening of Dance’

Rehearsal, performance and evaluation.

Anthology Work 2

Integrated choreographic and theoretical exploration.

Anthology Work 3

Integrated choreographic and theoretical exploration.

NCFE Dance

  • Create 3 technique exercises in groups to develop specific
    technical skills.
  • Teach 3 technique exercises safely to KS3 classes.
  • Evaluate action plans and amend goals & objectives as
    skills develop.
  • Create measurable individual action plans and rehearsal
    schedules to improve 3 practical skills.
  • Update and evaluate the effect of consistent dance skills audits.
  • Organise dance trip to local dance studio/theatre. One
    will be selected.

Year 10

GCSE Dance

Anthology Work 4

Integrated choreographic and theoretical exploration.

Primary Dance Leaders

Leadership and choreographic skill development required for primary outreach project.

Primary Dance Leaders Festival

Rehearsal, performance and evaluation of festival.

Set Phrase 1

Rehearse and refinement of original Set Phrase 1

NCFE Dance

  • Create 3 technique exercises in groups to develop specific
    technical skills.
  • Teach 3 technique exercises safely to KS3 classes.
  • Evaluate action plans and amend goals & objectives as
    skills develop.
  • Create 3 job profiles that are available as jobs in your Unit 2 performance.
  • Select 1 job to carry out during this unit and write a job advert with the responsibilities you have.
  • Create a mood board on the stimulus of Unit 2 Performance.

(U2)

GCSE Dance

Stimulus based Group Choreography Assignment

Students will create a group response to a chosen stimulus.

Performance Piece Preparation

Teacher led whole group choreography in an alternative style.

NCFE Dance

Evening of Dance project:

  • Learn a performance piece that showcases at least dance styles.
  • Create and run fundraising events to save for costumes.
  • Create a budget calculation for the performance piece.
  • Create a rehearsal schedule for all performers to attend.
  • Choreograph a performance piece.
  • Create and run fundraising events to save for costumes.
  • Create a budget calculation for the performance piece.
  • Create a rehearsal schedule for all performers to attend.

GCSE Dance

‘An Evening of Dance’

Rehearsal, performance and evaluation.

Anthology Work 2

Integrated choreographic and theoretical exploration.

Set Phrase 2

Stimulus based Solo Choreography Assignment

NCFE Dance

  • Create a rehearsal schedule which takes all job roles into
    account.
  • Create a risk assessment for your performance.
  • Create video rehearsal log identifying safe practice.
  • Perform to an audience demonstrating technical and
    performance skills.
  • Evaluate your performance and skills with a view to
    improve.
  • Create a summer plan to keep technique and fitness levels consistent. Research performance & design job roles.
  • Create 3 job advertisements for above roles.

(U2)

Year 11

GCSE Dance

Set Phrases 1&2

Rehearse and refine: final assessment task

Anthology Work 6+

Recap all Anthology works.

Performance Duo/Trio

Teacher led final assessment task.

NCFE Dance

  • Write a letter of application for a current job advert
    advertised on arts council website.
  • Create skills audit for selected job role.
  • Create appropriate risk assessment based on your role in the school production.
  • Create communication log demonstrating your team work with other job roles in your performance team.
  • Complete comparison table listing positive and negative
    aspects of chosen job role.
  • Complete self-reflection log on how the skills bespoke to
    chosen job role have developed.
  • Present designs and evidence of the creative process to the group as part of a performance pitch.
  • Explore a variety of performance spaces/designs and demonstrate critical judgement on your impact upon a wide area of performance spaces.
  • Conclude paperwork.

(U4)

GCSE Dance

Response to a Stimulus Solo Choreography

Final assessment task.

Moderation rehearsal:

Solo Choreography,

Set Phrases,

Duo/trio Performance.

Practical Moderation

NCFE Dance

Evening of Dance project:

  • Learn a performance piece that showcases at least 2 dance styles.
  • Create and run fundraising events to save for costumes.
  • Create a budget calculation for the performance piece.
  • Create a rehearsal schedule for all performers to attend.
  • Evening of Dance project:
  • Choreograph a performance piece.
  • Create and run fundraising events to save for costumes.
  • Create a budget calculation for the performance piece.
  • Create a rehearsal schedule for all performers to attend.

COURSE CONCLUDES

GCSE Dance

‘An Evening of Dance’

Rehearsal, performance and evaluation.

Theory Exam

Preparation and paper

NCFE Dance