DANCE

Learning Pathway

Key Stage 2

‘Ready to Learn’

Students in Key Stage 2 will be taught through teacher-led routines and through peer dance around a theme. 

The dance curriculum will have cross-curricular links including fine and gross motor skills, coordination, counting and keeping in time with the music.​This will enable them to gain confidence to, potentially, build up to a final showpiece. 

Throughout their dances, the students will be taught how to stay safe and avoid hazards while dancing. They will be given an opportunity to observe others and evaluate their own dancing. ​

Students will be given the opportunity to use props and equipment in their dances and learn how to apply these safely.

Key Stage 3

‘Ready for Independence’

Dance in KS3 is offered on a half-term carousel. Students will be continuing to build on skills acquired during their KS2 dance lessons. 

 

Students will start to think about different areas of dance. 

These will include:

Safety and hazards,

Warm-up cool down, 

Choreography & movement, 

Body concepts- direction/levels etc, 

Use of props and equipment,

Healthy lifestyles.

 

 They will look at what may be a hazard along with how and why it is important to do a warm-up and cool down in a class.

 

They will be encouraged to work as a group using their team-building skills to develop a class performance based on a theme. This provides an opportunity to build on their self-confidence and to, potentially, build up to a final showpiece. 

 

These skills are transferable across the curriculum and are essential to our well being, mental and physical health.

Key Stage 4

‘Ready for My Future’

Dance in KS4 is offered within the options carousel. Students will be continuing to build on skills acquired during their KS3 dance in more depth through practical and theory lessons, these will include:

  • Safety and hazards

  • Warm-up cool down 

  • Choreography & movement 

  • Body concepts - direction/levels 

  • Use of props and equipment 

  • Healthy lifestyles 

 

They will be using movement and expression to display how we can use our bodies to create a story to a piece of music, within group dance. 

 

They will build on skills such as fine and gross motor skills, improving coordination along with team building and choreographic skills. This will enable them to gain confidence to, potentially, build up to a final showpiece. 

 

These skills are transferable across the curriculum and are essential to our well being, mental and physical health.

Key Stage 5

‘Ready for Work’

During the academic year, students in Key Stage 5 will be working towards AQA Unit Awards such as Dance warm-up; with assistance, Explore Emotions through Performing Arts and Developing Dance and Performance Skills. Alongside this students will learn about safety in Dance, including warm-ups and cool-downs, injury prevention and hazards.

Dance lessons will be teacher-led and student choreographed after learning how to plan, perform and evaluate dance routines. Students will learn about a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet and an understanding of good fitness ensuring they understand why it is important to exercise.

During the academic year, students will have a visitor from an aerobics instructor and will take part in a school trip to a musical theatre looking at the different styles of dance.

The styles of Dance that students will take part in include circus skills to street dance.

Curriculum Content

Curriculum content shows the topics that each key stage will be working on for the year. Click the key stage you wish to preview.

Enrichment Opportunities

See below links for further opportunities for your child to progress their learning in Dance.

 

Youtube - Just Dance

Youtube - DJ Raphi

If you would like further information about our Dance curriculum please contact Miss Ashley, Dance coordinator via the Academy office or by email: dashley@weatherfield.beds.sch.uk