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Park High School

Park High School

 Welcome to the Dance Department

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul."  - Martha Graham

Head of Department:

Mrs Molloy

e-mail: lleigh2.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Mrs Molloy

Miss Hall

Miss Daler-Finch

Key Stage 3:

The Key Stage 3 Dance Curriculum is structured to enable students to develop their skills from beginner to highly competent, throughout the 2-year period. The ‘Introduction to Dance’ scheme lays the foundation of key dance and choreography skills. Students will be introduced to key dance actions and taught a dance based on sports. They will learn how to develop choreography using dynamics, space and relationships. The ‘Avengers Assemble’ scheme continues with these key principles of dance, but in addition students learn how to create choreography from scratch, using a stimulus for inspiration and the focus is the performance. Students learn how to present themselves on stage using focus, projection, confidence and facial expressions. Year 7 dance is completed with ‘Guernica’ an emotive scheme based on a tragic moment in history. Throughout this scheme, students develop their artistry as an expressive performer, whilst enhancing their cultural capital with cross-curricular links to both History and Art. Year 8 allows students to experience a variety of dance styles, whilst also learning about essential and global dance history within the ‘Contemporary’, ‘Urban’ and ‘Capoeira’ schemes. The purpose of these schemes is for students to learn specific movements and techniques from the range of dance styles and develop them into an assessment piece. 

Dance is an exciting and creative subject which is taught to Park High students every other half term. Students are encouraged to develop their physical, expressive, technical and mental performance skills, as well as their evaluative and analytical abilities. Dance lessons allow students to mature as both independent and group learners, giving students the opportunity to be creative whilst also being active. Confidence is another key skill the students cultivate, empowering them as presenters and commanders of a stage. At its core, our Dance education at Park High School aims to: 

  • Develop the physical and creative confidence of a wide range of learners; 
  • Expose learners to a variety of dance styles, works and vocabulary, aiming to instil a love of the arts. 
  • Hone their knowledge and appreciation of dance as well as their evaluative skills as a dancer, choreographer and critic; 
  • Learn to choreograph, perform and appreciate dance as an art form; 
  • Inform development as creative and artistic individuals to broaden their aesthetic, social and cultural experience through a holistic engagement with dance; 
  • Learn and adopt safe working practices; 
  • Learn to work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas.

Year 7 

In Dance pupils study skills based around collaborative choreography, routines, solo and paired work.

Autumn Spring Summer

Introduction to Dance

Basic contact Work

Mini Rock Challenge

Heroes and Villains

Guernica

 

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KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. Year 7s are assessed throughout the year at the end of each scheme. These performances are expected to showcase the students’ best work, and should be rehearsed outside of lesson time. Students are encouraged to take pride in their work and add costume, music and props/set where appropriate.

Year 8 

In Dance pupils study skills based around collaborative choreography, routines, solo and paired work. 

Autumn Spring Summer

Capoeira

GCSE Taster -Contemporary / Within Her Eyes

The Matrix

Urban Dance / Emancipation of Expressionism

This term will also offer an opportunity for Year 8s to attend a theatre trip and/or a GCSE Taster workshop with a professional company.

Music Videos

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KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. Year 8s are assessed throughout the year at the end of each scheme. These performances are expected to showcase the students’ best work, and should be rehearsed outside of lesson time. Students are encouraged to take pride in their work and add costume, music and props/set where appropriate.

Key Stage 4:

Dance can lead to an array of different careers, not just being a dancer! Students who have studied Dance at GCSE and A Level have gone on to study Business, Photography, Physiotherapy, Teaching, Forensic Science, Coaching, Medicine, English and Art.

We believe that Dance can support a wide range of career and subject choices due to the subjects’ extensive and broad topic base. Students who study Dance are more creative, active and analytical learners; skills which can be transferred across many subjects and which contribute positively to our school community.

Year 9 

Students are expected to study, in their entirety, 6 professional works over the three-year Dance course. Students must ensure that they are revising these works throughout the course.

Artificial Things choreographed by Lucy Bennett

A Linha Curva choreographed by Itzik Galili

Infra choreographed by Wayne McGregor

Shadows choreographed by Christopher Bruce

Within Her Eyes choreographed by James Cousins

Emancipation of Expressionism choreographed by Kenrick H20 Sandy

Autumn Spring Summer

Performance Skills, Dance History, Styles of Dance and development of physical skills.

Shadows

Within Her Eyes

Emancipation of Expressionism and creation of work for the Dance and Drama Showcase

Shadows and choreographic skills – creating a solo / using motif-development.

Within Her Eyes and creating dance for camera.

KS4 Assessment 

Students are assessed each term through performances and end of topic written assessments. 

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, written, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Examination Board:

AQA

Useful Reading Material:

AQA GCSE Dance: Student's Book’ by M. Clunie, L. Dale and L. Paine

Year 10 

Autumn Spring Summer

A Linha Curva and recap of performance skills.

Group choreography

Infra and preparation for Arts Week performance

Artificial Things and preparation for Dance and Drama Showcase

Group choreography

Set Phrases and creation of duo/trio

KS4 Assessment 

Students are assessed each term through performances and end of topic written assessments.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a full length, formal, written, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Examination Board:

AQA

Useful Reading Material:

AQA GCSE Dance: Student's Book’ by M. Clunie, L. Dale and L. Paine

Year 11 

Autumn Spring Summer

Set Phrases and Performance in a Duo/Trio (Component 1)

Choreography (Component 1)

Written Paper revision (Component 1)

Written Paper revision (Component 2)

Written Paper revision (Component 1)

 

KS4 Assessment 

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

Students will be assessed throughout Years at the end of each term in both a practical and written capacity.

Student practical coursework is assessed internally between March-May and then externally moderated by AQA.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, written, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

GCSE Dance consists of two components:

Dance component 1: Performance and choreography

is internally marked and externally moderated

Performance, 40 marks 30%

Chorography, 40 marks 30%

Dance component 2: Dance appreciation

Written examination 1 hour and 30 minutes, 80 marks 40%

Examination Board :

AQA

Course Specification:

AQA 8236  GCSE Dance

Qualification obtained:

GCSE Dance

 

 

Useful Websites:

http://waynemcgregor.com/productions/infra

www.phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk/work/shadows/

http://www.rambert.org.uk/explore/photos/a-linha-curva/

http://www.jamescousinscompany.com/within-her-eyes

http://stopgapdance.com/

http://www.boyblueent.com/

http://www.aqa.org.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

Useful Reading Material:

‘AQA GCSE Dance: Student's Book’ by M. Clunie, L. Dale and L. Paine

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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