‘Dance is a creative activity that uses the kinaesthetic mode (bodily movement) with imagination in its creating, performing and watching. It complements other forms of intelligence and provides a vehicle for young people to physically express and communicate their ideas, identity and culture, and their understanding about themselves, others and the society in which they live.’
Youth Dance England: Dance In and Beyond Schools
The KS3 curriculum in dance is focused on introducing students to the foundations of dance through exciting themed units of work. The students will learn the basic building blocks of dance and develop an insightful knowledge for the art form that will guide them through to KS4 BTEC Performing Arts. Students will learn to work together within a creative setting in order to understand the basic rules for working in dance, leading towards performances as a culmination of learning for each unit of work.
As the KS3 curriculum develops, the students will begin to work with more complex movement phrases, focusing on their own choreography. Students will be introduced to using various relationships, such as unison, canon, mirroring, contact, in order to allow their movement to become more complex and interesting for the audience. Students will be taught how to appreciate professional dance works, and understand how to demonstrate this knowledge through both written and practical work.
Dance at KS3 focuses on three main elements; performance, composition and appreciation. Students work collaboratively in order to develop team building skills and communication, leading to working together to create movement material and encouraging confidence and mutual respect amongst one another.
How will the KS3 curriculum prepare my child for life in modern Britain?
Pupils develop attributes such as communication, determination and commitment for success in dance. These attributes are valuable in the wider community in order to develop and enhance general life skills and morals and values.