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Curriculum Intent

Dance is seen as an integral part of our students learning development at Barnwood Park Arts College. Dance allows our students to creatively explore the different styles of Dance across the world and to develop their knowledge of the history behind them at Key Stage 3. Dance encourages students to actively participate in each lesson to ensure their progression of learning new Dance style techniques. From the start of Year 7, students are also introduced to GCSE Dance terminology in preparation for the future. Within their lessons they are required to work in mixed groups in order to create their own choreography. Students are not only able to develop their social skills to work effectively within a group, but to also nurture their own creative voice in order to encourage a higher form of thinking. 

We strongly believe that every student can be involved in and enjoy Dance. The idea of ‘not being able to do it’ is refused and we focus on how to create students who strive to do better in order to consolidate confident and independent students. 

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Curriculum Implementation

In Year 7, students begin to focus on the basic dance actions and begin to understand how to create a motif. This is creatively explored through an engaging scheme of work focusing on Space Invaders and Super Mario. Students learn a teacher taught motif and understand what performance skills are required to effectively perform. Alongside this, they begin to understand the 8 basic dance actions and key terminology which relate to the GCSE Dance syllabus. The second module focuses on Rock n Roll and Street Dance. Students are introduced to new styles and the history behind them. Within lessons they will further develop their creative and social skills in order to effectively progress within Dance. Students are also introduced to professional works in order to clearly understand the high standard expected of them, but to also draw inspiration from.

During Year 8 students build upon the skills acquired during Year 7 and begin to develop their skills as choreographers and performers. Students begin the year by learning how to effectively use props within performance. Within this unit students develop their understanding of technical and expressive skills to create a performance. The second module of Year 8 sees students combine Dance and Literacy skills to create movement based on the Hunger Games. Throughout this unit students develop their ability to create and develop motifs; focusing on choreographic devices, spatial content and relationships. 

Year 9 begins to focus on three of the six professional works that are required to be focussed upon at GCSE level. These works are: Emancipation of ExpressionismA Linha Curvaand Within Her Eyes. The focus is to be able to perform repertoire and choreograph in the style of the choreographer to a high level. Year 9 allows the students to further develop their critical and creative skills, but highlights the expectations and standard required for GCSE.

Students begin the GCSE Dance course in Year 10 where the main focus will be to critically appreciate the six professional works. Students will practically explore the professional works by learning sections of the repertoire and experience the choreographic techniques used. By the end of the year, students will be able to critically analyse, evaluate and identify similarities and differences and explain and justify their own opinions with reasoning.

In the students’ final year of GCSE Dance, they are required to learn and perform the two set study phrases by December. They begin to create their own group choreographies in accordance to the exam stimuli provided. Students also learn their trio performance piece and choreograph sections of the work by following a set brief and creative tasks. Whilst students are further developing their practical skills, they receive regular theory lessons to develop and consolidate their understanding of dance appreciation.

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Dance is at the epicentre of Barnwood Park Arts College with the multiple extra-curricular dance clubs and performance opportunities on offer. In particular, the famous annual dance show, Centrestage. We see extra-curricular as an important part of the Dance community at Barnwood Park Arts College and encourage all students to be involved. Below is the extra-curricular opportunities that we provide:

  • Boys Dance. 
  • Year 7 & 8 Dance Club.
  • Year 9 Dance Club.
  • Year 10 Dance Club.
  • Year 11 Dance Club.
  • Gifted & Talented. 
  • BPAC Youth Dance Company.
  • Evolve Youth Dance Company.
  • GCSE Dance Practical and Theory Intervention.