Dance Curriculum Plans

Year 7 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

How to use a stimulus to inspire a performance.

Students will be learning about key dance terminology and how to apply it to their ideas.  They will work collaboratively and creatively to develop interesting choreography.

Students will be able to accurately and confidently perform a set sequence of movements and demonstrate the ability to use mirroring, action/reaction and canon in their choreography. Students will identify how Relationships, Actions, Dynamics and Space are used in dance.

The quality of the students dance performances will be assessed in two ways, through their choreography and performance. Students appreciation of performance will be assessed through written evaluations each lesson.

Year 7 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

COGS – Action/Reaction choreography

Working creatively to develop interesting choreography inspired by different media examples.

Students will apply their technical knowledge of dance to their own choreography. Students will interpret a meaning from the stimulus and communicate it through dance.

Students will be assessed through a final practical piece, focusing on choreography and performance skills.

Year 7 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Musical Theatre

Small group choreography task bringing to life a musical theatre number using key elements of performance. Students will explore what it takes to produce a musical theatre number and study the professional roles of the people involved in the process.

Students will re-create a musical number of their choice. Performances will be thoroughly researched, rehearsed and technically confident.

The quality of the students dance performances will be assessed in two ways, through their choreography and performance. Students appreciation of performance will be assessed through written evaluations each lesson.

 

Year 8 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Stomp

Students will learn how to choreograph a whole class rhythmic routine using the six Stomp actions and props.  Performances and rehearsals will involve whole class rehearsals and students will collaborate and co-ordinate in the rehearsal space.

An ability to develop dynamic rhythms which can be used in their choreography. Students will apply dance actions effectively to communicate and express ideas.  Performances will be evaluated with constructive criticism and students will collaborate to produce a powerful performance which communicates a range of ideas.

Students choreography and performance skills will be assessed in a final performance. Students written appreciation will be assessed through written evaluations each lesson.

Year 8 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Swansong – Studying Professional Works (repertoire)

Analytical skills used to identify key elements of professional dance.

Small group choreography task.

Dancing with a prop.

Students will examine the professional work and use their analytical skills to formulate approaches to the choreography task. Students will be able to identify and demonstrate all the key elements of Swansong and prepare their own version for performance.

Students will be assessed through a final practical piece, focusing on choreography and performance skills.

Year 8 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Flashmob – Group Choreography task

Observing and analysing performance material. Using knowledge to create own complex motifs and choreography.

Students will examine examples of successful Flashmobbing routines. Students will create their own Flashmob which will be performed in a venue of their choice at a time of their choice as befitting of a real Flashmob routine.

The quality of the students dance performances will be assessed in two ways, through their choreography and performance. Students appreciation of performance will be assessed through written evaluations each lesson.

 

Year 9 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Introduction to the course and Component One – Exploring the Performing Arts

Component Two - Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts

Component Three - Responding to a Brief

Dance Theory and Performance skills - You will explore a range of dance styles. You will learn to rehearse dances and to prepare for performances throughout the course.

Students demonstrate expert knowledge of the course and expectations.

Written work demonstrates detailed understanding of dance theory.

Practical repertoire performances show comprehensive understanding of different styles of dance studied.

Students practical dance skills are assessed through video logs and final performance.

Appreciation skills are assessed through documentary logbooks and skills audits recording and evidencing the students’ progress.

 

Year 9 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component One – Exploring the Performing Arts

Component Two - Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts

Students will work precisely, collaboratively and independently to develop and apply a range of Dance Theory and Performance skills. Students will study repertoire performance and replicate showing outstanding performance skills.

Students review their own and others performances, setting and acting on targets for improvement.

Practical and written work shows understanding and personal interpretation of different styles of dance.

Students practical dance skills are assessed through video logs and final performance.

Appreciation skills are assessed through documentary logbooks and skills audits recording and evidencing the students’ progress.

Year 9 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component Two –

Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

Develop skills and techniques for performance

Apply skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance

Review own development and performance

Students can demonstrate disciplined and organised development of skills and techniques for performance during workshops and rehearsal. Students can demonstrate considered selection, application and assured use of technical, stylistic and interpretative skills during rehearsal and performance of existing repertoire. Students can analyse their own development and application of skills and techniques, using considered examples to identify strengths and set targets for improvement.

Students practical dance skills are assessed through video logs and final performance.

Appreciation skills are assessed through documentary logbooks and skills audits recording and evidencing the students’ progress.

 

Year 10 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component One - Exploring the Performing Arts

Component Two - Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts

Component Three - Responding to a Brief

Students will work collaboratively and independently to develop and apply a range of Dance Theory and Performance skills.

Written work will show high levels of understanding of different styles of dance studied.

Practical repertoire performances show comprehensive understanding of different styles of dance studied.

Group performances will show creativity and practical application of dance in response to the brief set.

 

Students practical dance skills are assessed through video logs and final performance.

Appreciation skills are assessed through documentary logbooks and skills audits recording and evidencing the students’ progress.

Year 10 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component One – Exploring the Performing Arts

Component Two - Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts

Component Three - Responding to a Brief

Students will work precisely, collaboratively and independently to develop and apply a range of Dance Theory and Performance skills. Students will study repertoire performance and replicate showing outstanding performance skills.

Students will work in a group in response to the brief generating and choreographing original dance ideas.

Students review their own and other performances, setting and acting on targets for improvement.

Practical and written work shows understanding and personal interpretation of different styles of dance.

Students practical dance skills are assessed through video logs and final performance.

Appreciation skills are assessed through documentary logbooks and skills audits recording and evidencing the students’ progress.

Year 10 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component One – Exploring the Performing Arts

Component Two - Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts

Component Three - Responding to a Brief

Students will work precisely, collaboratively and independently to develop and apply a range of Dance Theory and Performance skills. Students will study repertoire performance and replicate showing outstanding performance skills.

Students will work in a group in response to the brief generating and choreographing original dance ideas.

Students review their own and others performances, setting and acting on targets for improvement.

Practical and written work shows depth of understanding and personal interpretation of different styles of dance.

Students practical dance skills are assessed through video logs and final performance.

Appreciation skills are assessed through documentary logbooks and skills audits recording and evidencing the students’ progress.

 

Year 11 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Component One – Exploring the Performing Arts

Component Two - Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts

Component Three - Responding to a Brief

Students will work precisely, collaboratively and independently to develop and apply a range of Dance Theory and Performance skills. Students will study repertoire performance and replicate showing outstanding performance skills.

Students will work in a group in response to the brief generating and choreographing original dance ideas.

Students review their own and others performances, setting and acting on targets for improvement.

Practical and written work shows understanding and personal interpretation of different styles of dance.

Students practical dance skills are assessed through video logs and final performance.

Appreciation skills are assessed through documentary logbooks and skills audits recording and evidencing the students’ progress. 

Year 11 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Students practical dance skills are assessed through video logs and final performance.

Appreciation skills are assessed through documentary logbooks and skills audits recording and evidencing the students’ progress.

Students will work precisely, collaboratively and independently to develop and apply a range of Dance Theory and Performance skills. 

Students will study repertoire performance and replicate showing outstanding performance skills.

Students will work in a group in response to the brief generating and choreographing original dance ideas.

Students review their own and others performances, setting and acting on targets for improvement.

Practical and written work shows understanding and personal interpretation of different styles of dance.

Students practical dance skills are assessed through video logs and final performance.

Appreciation skills are assessed through documentary logbooks and skills audits recording and evidencing the students’ progress.