Dance Curriculum Overview Year 6 – Year 13
This is an outline of the dance curriculum for students offered by the Federation of Evesham High School and Simon de Montfort Middle School.
In Year 6, pupils at Simon de Montfort Middle School have ten lessons of dance per year. They will look at the dance toolbox and work on identifying and performing actions that they develop by applying dynamics and spatial aspects too.
In Years 7 and 8 pupils continue to have a block of ten dance lessons as part of their PE programme of study.
In Year 7, pupils begin to look at choreographic tools and cover topics such as the Olympics and using poetry as a stimulus for dance.
In Year 8, pupils take professional work such as Swansong as a starting point to create their own work. They also have opportunity to use props within the lessons.
Year 8, boys will have the opportunity to experience Parcour/ free running as part of their gymnastics work.
During Year 9 pupils will study a range of movement styles including:
• Wing Chung
• Free Running
During lessons, pupils will work to develop a variety of skills such as strength, accuracy, control, flexibility and co-ordination. They will be encouraged to be creative in every lesson, responding to many different and challenging tasks.
KS4 Dance has several areas of focus. Pupils will explore these through both practical and theoretical lessons. The areas of focus are Safe Dance Practice, The Basics of Dance – action, space, dynamics and relationships, Performance – both individual and group, Choreography and Professional Dance Works. There are four units which will be covered during the two year course:
UNIT ONE – Written Paper – 10%
UNIT TWO – Set Solo Dance – 20%
UNIT THREE – Performance Piece (group) – 30%
UNIT FOUR – Choreography – 40%
AS Dance has two units:
UNIT ONE – Written paper (we will explore safe dance practice, muscles, joints, constituent features of dance, psychological aspects of dance, choreography and performance).
UNIT TWO – Choreography and Performance (solo practical coursework)
A2 Dance has a further two units:
UNIT THREE – Written paper (we will explore the development of modern dance in Britain and professional dance work Beach Birds for Camera by Merce Cunningham).
UNIT FOUR – Choreography (group) and Performance in the style of Richard Alston (solo) – both practical coursework.