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KS3 - Dance

The Angmering School Dance department strives to develop creativity and confidence through movement. In Key Stage 3 dance lessons students will extend their understanding of dance and have the opportunity to increase creative skills whilst working as part of a team. Students will take on the role of a performer and a choreographer with the opportunity to further extend their dance knowledge in extra curricular activities.

KS3 Dance gives all Yr 7,8 and 9 students the opportunity to build their skills as a confident and creative individual.

What are the key features of the programmes of study?
The Dance course allows students to work collaboratively and creatively to develop the key dance skills of choreography, performance and appreciation. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own performance and evaluate the work of their peers.

What will my child study in Dance lessons?
Students will begin to explore the principles of choreography and performance, developing their technical and performance skills and laying a strong foundation for the GCSE Dance course. Students will begin to develop analytical skills, through the study of professional works and key dance practitioners. They will be able to engage in dance from different cultures and genres and develop the physical skills of balance, coordination and control as well as improving their overall fitness.

In Year 9, students who opt to study Dance will spend three hours per fortnight in dance lessons. This will give them an insight into the GCSE Dance course and the opportunity to work on more challenging choreography including contact work. Students will study a variety of dance styles including Capoeira, Hip Hop and Contemporary.

What homework and enrichment opportunities will my child have?
Homework is set to enhance learning and students will be encouraged to fuel their own interest in dance through independent research, viewings of professional works and independent rehearsal time. Students will be encouraged to attend extra-curricular dance clubs and attend a number of dance performances throughout the year. They will also have the opportunity to perform in the Christmas and Summer Concerts, as well as performances in professional venues. Our main dance event of the year is Rock Challenge, which provides the opportunity for over 100 students to get involved in a wider community team event.

How is my child assessed?
Assessment is carried out regularly using assessment criteria linked to the GCSE Dance specification. Assessment will occur in both choreographic and performance tasks.

How are the groups organised?
Dance will be taught in mixed ability groups.

What equipment is needed?
Students must wear their PE kit for every lesson even if they are not actively participating (please see Uniform Guidelines).  Students must remove socks and jewellery for health and safety reasons and long hair must be tied back. Students may wear appropriate black sports leggings for class if they wish to do so.

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