Dance has much to offer in terms of personal and social development, and our teaching styles cater for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 students receive nine dance lessons during a three week carousel in Expressive arts, which is taught in mixed ability classes. Whilst many students may have experienced Performing Arts in their primary schools, many have not been taught dance as a separate subject. Therefore from Year 7, we provide a foundation course that covers basic skills and introduction to dance.
Homework is set once a fortnight and is set in a variety of formats. We aim to set at least one written task during the three weeks – which will include creative writing tasks such as: hypothesis testing, resource, worksheet completion- with the remainder being creative but in non-written formats – e.g. observational tasks or practical tasks. Students are expected to discuss these tasks in lesson times and provide proof that they have completed the tasks.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, Performing Arts – Dance is taught in option block groups, with two/three lessons a week. We build upon the confidence gained in Key Stage 3 in both students’ confidence as performers, and as individuals with opinions and analysis skills.
With GCSE examination criteria in mind, they will explore choreographic skills, performance skills and evaluation. In Year 10 they will complete mock examinations for their GCSE papers, with the relevant coursework, in preparation for the examination process in Year 11.
Regular teacher assessment, with targets for improvement, is given throughout the year and students are encouraged to self-evaluate.
Dance is a vibrant subject with many successful candidates going on to do further studies in dance after leaving South Shore.