Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Dance

Year 7

The year 7 programme aims to develop pupils' basic skills in dance. They study the composition of dance learning how to use choreographic devices such as canon, unison, level, formations, pathways and contact work. All pupils are encouraged to think about performance skills and what makes them appear confident as well as develop their teamwork skills such as cooperation, communication and negotiation. During this time they also begin to think about appreciating dance by working with themes and evaluating their own progress, becoming independent and motivated learners.

Year 8

In year 8 pupils look at the world in term, exploring dance in a range of different cultures from Street Dance through to African and Capoeira. They are still encouraged to develop their composition skills looking at ways to use skills learnt in year 7 in a more complex and interesting way. They explore characteristics of dance styles and how this can affect performance by creating characters and expressing themes and ideas. Further development of their appreciation skills also takes place through more challenging questioning in evaluative discussions and the use of repertoire from professional works or workshops lead by professional artists.

Year 9

Year 9 mainly looks at introducing more complex ideas to initiate composition. Students look at contact work, use of props and more challenging compositional devices, such as repetition and motif development. They develop their performance skills through the introduction of more challenging repertoire phrases emphasising the need for accuracy as well as confidence and energy. To develop their appreciation pupils are given more freedom to select
and structure work as they see appropriate to aesthetics and theme. They are given more responsibility to monitor their own progression and self-evaluate to ensure they are meeting their targets.