Is thoughtfully sequenced, using research into how pupils learn, so they are inspired to learn new material in a meaningful manner and develop their understanding. Dance is delivered in a progressive manner so that pupils can ultimately develop a range of performing and choreography skills over KS3 and into KS4. Within Dance we aim to promote the beauty of creativity, inspire pupils to perform and widen their knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts Industry.
Links new subject knowledge to prior experiences so building cognitive pathways and associations. In Dance we aim to deliver a deep understanding of new subject knowledge by ‘stripping back’ new themes / styles or performance works to its simplest form, and then start to build the layers. This supports a concrete understanding that will help pupils to retain relevant information.
Is relevant to the young people of Bootle. We link with local dance schools to allow pupils to experience a variety of dance studios and settings.
Emphasises and reinforces the use of technical language and adventurous vocabulary. We promote specific dance vocabulary through oral and written language. For example using ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ as a model for analysing and critiquing dance.
Builds in opportunities for fluency practise and repetition to improve retrieval and so deepen understanding, which is essential to strengthen learning. This relates directly to the ethos of dance and actually underpins all of the learning. We aim to learn new dance styles, perform them, then refine and practice. This is applied to each theme, style and topic.
Has assessment for learning at its core, using a range of feedback strategies to develop pupils’ metacognition and so move their learning forward. One to one feedback is provided to pupils every lesson.
Gives our pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to be healthy, safe and responsible young adults.
Dance aims to promote a healthy lifestyle that instils commitment and discipline at its core. Referencing fitness and diet, although not really a requirement it is still for pupils to learn about the wider context.
We prioritise depth of knowledge. We aim for pupils to learn set routines linked directly to professional dance works, this then contributes to a depth of knowledge.
We aim for dancers to develop their oracy so that they can confidently and effectively discuss the technical elements of dance.
We provide access to live dance and theatre performances for example the opportunity to experience ballet performances. We link with local dance schools, LIPA, local and modern contemporary dance companies.
We aim to create a positive learning environment for our pupils to flourish in.
We plan to make learning relevant by embedding current dance styles both within our locality and the wider world.
We link with a range of Post 16 agencies – LIPA, Hugh Baird, looking at the wider context of the Performing Arts e.g. costume design, makeup courses.
We support in place for pupils with weak literacy skills.
Key Stage 3 Pathways: Dance is taught through PE, 1 x 6 week block per year
Key Stage 4 Pathways: We offer the BTEC TECH Award over 3 years
Opportunities to perform in dance theatres through the annual performance of The Wally Cain Dance Festival, pupils to take part in dance workshops working with professional dance companies.
In Dance, pupils experience a range of different dance styles and cultures – this will enhance pupils’ cultural development.