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Welcome to the Dance Department

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Meet the Dance Team

Miss S Styche

Mr J Slater

Dance Curriculum

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 and 8 are following a programme of study which works on the skills needed to successfully complete the KS4 courses. This mastery of skills means that students will be able to embed the skills needed for success at KS4.

Students develop the following skills across a variety of different themes

·         Choreography

·         Performance

·         Dance appreciation

KS4 Examination Curriculum

Students have the option to study Dance for a formal qualification in key stage 4. Our aim is to deliver outstanding outcomes that allow students to become the employees of choice in the dance industry.

Students currently study the AQA GCSE Dance qualification. Students are assessed through a set dance (30%), a group or duo performance (20%), Solo composition (15%), Choreography of a dance (15%) and a written exam on critical appreciation of dance (20%).

How do we assess students in Dance?

Each year group will be assessed according to the whole school assessment calendar.

  • Year 7 and 8 are assessed practically and through theory booklets across the three dance assessment foci
  • Year 9, 10 and 11 complete past papers as well as mock performance of the practical element of the course 

Examination Information

Unit Title




Unit 3 and 4 Performance Exam

24th March 2017

All Day


Practical Moderation

12th May 2017

All Day


Critical Appreciation of Dance

22nd June 2017


1 hour

Homework Expectations

All Year 7 and 8 students have a bespoke homework booklet that has tasks which aim to develop students’; knowledge of choreographic devices, action and content, critical appreciation of dance.

Year 9, 10 and 11 are given flipped learning homework weekly which allows students to independently research work that they will be learning in upcoming lessons. This gives students the opportunity to go into greater depth within lesson time and develop and build on the knowledge they acquired during the homework.

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Head of Dance

Ms. K Hamilton

01482 879967 Ext: 281

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