Mrs E. Williams – Subject Lead Performing Arts

Compelling Learning in Dance

In line with the school’s vision of compelling learning, dance gives the pupils the opportunities to work collectively and collaboratively with a shared focus. Pupils are encouraged to think ‘outside the box’ and be creative, solving problems in a variety of ways. Dance is a physical activity in which pupils are challenged and will gain the knowledge to choreograph pieces, perform and appreciate dance in the wider context. The subject offers pupils the chance to actively engage with themes and issues as well as finer techniques and choreographic elements. Group discussion and articulation of vocabulary is encouraged and an enthusiasm of the subject through participation is gained.


There are plenty of opportunities for pupils to consider a range of dance styles and genres from different cultures including Contemporary British and American artists. The compelling delivery of the dance curriculum at Key Stage 3 is intended to provide learners with a growing enthusiasm, sound skill base and strong subject knowledge to move forward onto Key Stage 4 and beyond. The subject promotes independence, confidence and deeper levels of self-reflection and students become experts using an ever growing repertoire of subject specific vocabulary.

If students choose to continue with Dance at KS4 learners would usually undertake AQA GCSE Dance. They will continue their own development with learning a set phrase, choreographing their own dances as well as theory and technical attributes in dance. The specification recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles and style fusions. Apart from the solo performance, they can choose any style in which to perform and choreograph, providing it meets the assessment criteria.

Dependant upon the cohort students may undertake the RSL Level 1&2 Tech Award in Creative and Performing Arts. The Creative and Performing Arts qualifications are designed to provide a vocationally-relevant education in both performing and non-performing fields, aimed at beginners through to semi-professionals. With pathways for dancers, actors, musical theatre performers and technicians, the qualification covers a variety of sectors within the performing arts industry, allowing learners to put their talent at the forefront.

Cultural Experiences


The Dance Department offers a weekly lunchtime dance club which is open to all students. In this club we explore various dance styles including; Contemporary, Street, Ballet and Bollywood. It also offers students an opportunity for additional rehearsal and teacher feedback.

We also offer an after school Dance club which is open to all KS3 students. In this club, we learn new techniques in various styles including; Street, Contemporary and Ballet and encourage students to develop their own choreographies.

KS4 students are encouraged into the dance studio for extra-curricular rehearsals and classes to support their GCSE Dance studies.

Curriculum Map

Expert Assessment Summary