“Dance, of all arts, is THE one that most influences the soul.”Plato
Our curriculum is designed to:
· Engage students in a wide range of dance
· Nurture individual confidence
· Nurture sensitivity to others
· Provide a means of personal and social expression
· Make provision for SEN, G&T and EAL students
· Develop social skills
· Develop self-discipline and personal responsibility
· Develop abilities to solve problems
· Develop individual and group identity
· Develop independent life-long learners
· Develop trust and understanding of others needs
Three strands of study are the basis of the curriculum design and each unit includes aspects of each:
Performance – applying and adapting a wide range of skills and techniques effectively in performing dance.
Composition – applying and adapting a wide range of skills and techniques effectively in composing dance, including the ability to improve and creating dances for a range of purposes and in response to different stimuli.
Appreciation – developing the ability to analyse, evaluate and appreciate dance and appreciate the contribution of dance to personal and social health, fitness and wellbeing and be aware of the range of opportunities and pathways available in dance.
We follow the AQA GCSE Dance Specification. Students learn the technical and expressive skills to perform dance, the compositional skills to create their own choreographies and the skills required to analyse professional dance that we study at the theatre and on film.
The course is 80% practical and 20% written which means the majority of curriculum time is actually spent dancing!
As part of the course students get many performance opportunities, both in school and in a range of other venues. Each year we take students on the Careers in Dance day at Sadler’s Wells Theatre to consider dance-related options after GCSEs.
Some students go on to pursue a career in the dance industry, whilst many simply enjoy using their ability and enthusiasm to achieve their GCSE certificate.
Extra curricular dance provision and regular theatre visits are fundamental to our success. We offer opportunities for students from all year groups to participate in activities outside of the curriculum offer in our Dance Studio.
Students from KS3 and KS4 perform at the Lewisham Schools’ Dance Showcase held at the Broadway Theatre every year.
You can also access the FHS Dance site here.