Dance

Year 7 Explore

Content is structured as an introduction to and exploration of dance. The aim of each term is to introduce, build and develop knowledge. Learning is focused on the simple use of terminology and exploring familiar movements that are initially modelled by the teacher.

Assessment is termly for Year 7 and consistent in the following way:

  • Students are filmed performing
  • Written teacher feedback
  • Students watch their own performance
  • Written self-reflection and peer assessment in provided booklet

Term One Warm Up Simple warm up routines are modelled allowing the student to become familiar and secure in their knowledge They are then given the opportunity to explore and structure their own work in groups for performance. Simple terminology is introduced.

Term Two Introduce Actions. Workshop based lessons exploring the five actions with teacher modelling; students are encouraged to reproduce movements. Exploration of a set task to allow students to build on their prior knowledge of structuring movements in groups to create a short routine. Terminology is reinforced.

Term Three Introduce a Professional Work Widen student’s appreciation of dance and allow students to experience a new style of dance: Hip Hop and Commercial dance. Teacher models the style and students reproduce action, space and dynamics. Terminology is reinforced and further key words are introduced and reinforced in both written and verbal feedback.

Year 8 Explore

Content continues the pathway of linking learning throughout KS3 dance. Fundamental skills and knowledge are utilised in the topics so that students can clearly recognise the links in their learning through repetition of terminology, task-based routines and the same assessment format that students are now familiar with. Expectations have been established in Year 7 and developing ideas are gaining momentum as learner confidence becomes secure. Each term draws upon knowledge gained in Year 7 but also challenges and develops thinking.

Term One Dance Styles Students are given the opportunity to experience different dance styles by both seeing and doing. Teacher modelling sets the climate and scaffolds learning to begin with. Students are then challenged by tasks to encourage the creation of their own work in the chosen style, promoting independent learning and creative skills. Knowledge of making and structuring movement into a dance routine is recalled from Year 7. Choreographic devices are introduced.

Term Two Stimulus Teacher set stimuli are introduced to encourage students to explore and create action, space and dynamics using art and poems. Cross curricular links with Drama, Art and English are incorporated to widen the scope and create breadth of learning. Previous knowledge from term one is utilised as students once again reproduce actions and structure movement into longer and more complicated routines. Choreographic devices are encouraged and reinforced within the practical work.

Term Three Reintroduce a Professional Work Exploring another style of dance to widen knowledge. Teacher models the style and students reproduce action, space and dynamics to create a group performance piece.

Assessment is termly for Year 8 and consistent in the following way:

  • Students are filmed performing
  • Written teacher feedback
  • Students watch their own performance
  • Written self-reflection and peer assessment in provided booklet