Year 9 Dance
Dance at KS3 focuses on the discipline of dance, body and spatial awareness, performance skills and the introduction to and development of choreographic devices. Each scheme of work builds on the skills from previous lessons so that students can refine, evaluate and extend their skills and application of knowledge.
Year 9 allows for more curriculum time and as such students explore work that will expose them to the skill sets and type pf work required for the AQA GCSE Dance syllabus. For example, beginning to analyse a professional work and completing more advanced choreographic tasks.
What will my child study in Dance during Year 9?
Course ContentYear 9 students have a double lesson of Dance per week. Throughout Year 9 they will be developing the necessary skills to prepare them for GCSE work should they choose Dance as one of their option subjects.
How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in Dance in Year 9?
Assessment takes place on a regular basis and takes the form of stages and school based assessment stages.
Students will be awarded House Points for good work and effort.
What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 9 in Dance?
Homework will be set fortnightly as appropriate and as this is an entirely practical course, students will be expected to use the movement studio at times to rehearse their work.
How can I support my child to do well in Dance during Year 9?
Ensure your child has the appropriate kit and they bring it to their dance lessons.
Encourage participation in extra-curricular activities.
Help promote dance as part of a healthy lifestyle.
What equipment may my child need in addition to the standard school equipment?
- Appropriate kit. This can either be their PE kit, or a T-shirt and shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms. A hair band will be needed to tie long hair back.
By the end of the year, what would an 'expert' be able to do in Dance?
Information to follow
My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?
- 1:1 support in lessons
- Differentiated tasks
- Extra scaffolding of tasks
- Use of studio for rehearsal
Updated September 2023