Dance

We have a broad dance curriculum where all students in Year 7 and 8 have one hour of dance a week and experience a range of dance styles such as; Contemporary, Street Dance, African, Hip Hop, Locking, Popping, Jazz, Break-Dance, and thematic dance with a selection of props i.e. chairs, masks, canes etc. In year 9 students can opt to study dance for half of the year, or be selected to take Expressive Arts GCSE completed in Year 9 in one year.

At Key Stage 4 students can opt to take GCSE Dance and BTEC First Level 2 in Performing Arts (Dance). Our results have been exceptional with 100% A*- C for 2009, 2010 and 94% A*- C for year 2012. The BTEC Dance course has had a 100% pass rate with over ¾ of students achieving Distinction*.

At Key Stage 5 students can progress to take A Level Dance and Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts. Again our results have been exceptional with 100% A – B at AS and A’Level since offering the course in sixth form.

Dance is one of the most popular extra-curricular activities with over 120 students attending clubs on a weekly basis. Any student can be involved in a dance club regardless of experience and ability, with dance clubs for every year group from years 7 – 13. Dance is equally popular with the boys as well as the girls.

There are three Dance Companies students can audition for and have intensive dance training taken by a professional dancer in a range of the latest styles. These are Pre-Vision Dance Company for girls in Year 7-9, Vision Dance Company for our most talented boys and girls in the school and Illusion Boys Dance Company. In previous years our Dance Companies have been asked to open up the Regional Arts Award Conference in Liverpool at the BT Conference Centre, to perform in front of Estelle Morris at the North England Education Conference, to perform at the HMI’s Regional Dinner in Warrington and invited to perform at the Wirral PE Inspector’s leaving event at the Village Hotel in Wirral.

Students are given a host of opportunities in Dance. Successful Performing Arts trips have been to Lake Garda and Barcelona in the last two years taking over 90 students. Our older Dance Leaders take a Dance showcase on tour to local schools, fully organised by our students. We are in Partnership with Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) who run an intensive training programme for our Gifted and Talented young dancers. Also for the last 5 years, we have been part of the Machismo Boys Dance Project ran by Wirral Youth Theatre, where our male dancers go and work with Contem-Break Dance Company.

Head Of Department: Miss Aspinall

Assessment Programmes:

Year 7

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn• Warm Up Scheme of Work –
Planning, delivering and evaluating a Dance Warm up that includes exercises that Mobilise the Joints, Raise the Pulse and Stretch the Muscles.
• 6 Basic Actions choreography –
Learning the basic principles of choreography, creating a duet based on the 6 actions
Unit 1 evidence
• Warm up plan – written
• Delivery test – practical
• Evaluation – written
Unit 2 evidence
• A Dance choreography recorded
Spring• Commercial Street Dance Scheme of work
Learning new styles of Hip Hop, Street, Locking, Breakdance skills and choreography in crews. The use of choreographic devices and group work.
Unit 3 and 4
• Skills are assessed in each style and compiled into a choreographed dance and performed in competition style – practical
• Progress interview dance homework – e-learning
Summer• Michael Jackson style
Leaning an iconic dance style that combines expression and theatrical movement.
• Inter-house Dance
Students work in house groups to create a dance for performance. Everyone takes on a role and contributes with their strengths accordingly.
Unit 5/6
• Performance skills – practical
• Year 7 mock exam – written summative exam
• Assessment point 6 will take into account the Assessments
o Warm up scheme – 20%
o 6 Basic Action – 20%
o Breakdance scheme 20%
o Inter-house assessment – 20%
o Written exam – 20%

Year 8

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn• Warm Up Scheme of Work –
Planning, delivering and Evaluating an advanced Dance Warm up that includes exercises that Mobilise the Joints, Raise the Pulse, Stretch the Muscles and Strengthening and short term and long term effects on the body.
• 6 Basic Actions choreography –
Learning more advanced principles of choreography, creating a trio based on the 6 actions
Unit 1 evidence
• Warm up plan – written
• Delivery test – practical
• Evaluation – written
Unit 2 evidence
• A Dance choreography recorded
Spring• Commercial Street Dance Scheme of work
Recapping and learning advanced skills in Hip Hop, Street, Locking, Breakdance and choreography in crews. The use of more advanced choreographic devices and group work.
Unit 3 and 4
• Skills are assessed in each style and compiled into a choreographed dance and performed in competition style – practical
Summer• Contact Improvisation
Learning the basics of this style and working to choreograph a duet/trio and perform
• Inter-house Dance
Students work in house groups to create a dance for performance. Everyone takes on a role and contributes with their strengths accordingly.
Unit 5/6
• Performance skills – practical
• Assessment point 6 will take into account the Assessments
o Warm up scheme – 20%
o 6 Basic Action – 20%
o Breakdance scheme 20%
o Inter-house assessment – 20%
Written exam – 20%

Year 9

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
AutumnInternet Safety
System Security


System Security Class Assessment
SpringMemory & Storage
Data Representation

Memory & Storage Test
Data Representation Class Assessment
Mid Year Exam

SummerSpreadsheets
Python
Revision

Spreadsheet Class Assessment
Python class assessment
End of Year Exam