At St Edmund’s Catholic School we provide fun and motivating dance classes in a professional environment, to build confidence and self-esteem. Our aim is to enable our students to develop their understanding of, participation in, and appreciation of dance and the performing arts. As a department, we will encourage students to take part in school productions, performances and assemblies. Students will also get the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular clubs and develop their performance and technical skills further. Opportunities to perform will be given throughout students’ time here at St Edmund’s with workshops which are planned with professionals. Our goal is to get as many pupils as possible experiencing live theatre and seeing and appreciating dance works and repertoire.
Dance will develop leadership skills and work on disciplining our students to focus, prepare and be the best they can be. The skills that the students gain in dance are transferable across the whole school curriculum, these are skills which the students will take with them beyond their school life here at St Edmunds.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 and 8 Dance is taught on a ‘carousel’ system. Students will complete two units of work over two terms before moving to another subject area. They will take part in a double lesson a week (110mins) for the duration of two terms, completing an assessment at the end of each unit. In Year 7, pupils will complete units: ‘Musical Theatre’ and ‘Dance through the Decades’. In Year 8, pupils will complete units: ‘Crew Dances’ and ‘Swansong’. Each year their dance skills will be developed further and pupils will be given the opportunities to choreograph and lead within their class environment. Year 9 students are given the option to select to do Dance all year and they too receive a double lesson a week. We hope that Year 9 students have selected Dance because they have a passion for the arts and this subject. Their performance and technical skills will be developed and they will learn about influential pioneers of Dance. All Key Stage 3 pupils will take part in learning dance, choreographing and performing. Self and peer assessments will be completed regularly and pupils will be expected to act upon feedback given.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students can opt to study Dance BTEC Level 2. Currently, we offer the First Award at St Edmund’s. The course develops students’ performance skills while developing their knowledge of Dance. Three units are studied for this course. Unit 4: Dance Skills, is taught for one year and requires students to develop their dance skills, setting targets and showing that work can be improved. Unit 2: Preparation for Performance and Production, is completed in the second year and usually focuses around a school production. Unit 1: Individual Performance, is also completed during the second year of study, and comprises of two solo auditions which are prepared and performed, as well as a controlled written assessment. Unit 1 is externally marked, the other two are marked in school.
Enrichment and Extra-curricular Activities
During terms 1-4 extra-curricular time is spent rehearsing for our school production, usually a musical (previous productions include The Lion King and High School Musical). In terms 5 and 6 we will be holding two dance clubs a week. One will be for boys only to encourage and inspire boys to get into dance. The other will be for all and will focus on getting pieces ready for performance. Where possible we will also give pupils information about clubs in the area and encourage them to see as many live performances as they can.
Subject Leader Performing Arts: