Dance Curriculum Overview 2015-16

 The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year.

Year 9

Within PE, students take part in a 6 week block of Dance lessons with their PE teacher. This is an introduction to GCSE Dance. Dance for Year 9 students begin to look at how to improve general fitness, posture, co-ordination, spatial awareness, confidence, and creativity.
Students begin to look at problem solving through choreography, enabling to transfer these skills into other areas of learning and life. Team working skills and sensitivity to others are developed in group Performances and Choreography

Year 10

Dance is great for improving general fitness and it is also a fantastic tool to help improve co-ordination, spatial awareness, mental functioning, confidence, and creativity. It also relieves stress and improves posture.
Dance not only exercises the body but also the brain, as the course develops in greater detail problem solving through choreography, enabling you to transfer these skills into other areas of learning and life. Team working skills and sensitivity to others are developed in greater depth within group Performances and Choreography.
This two year course comprises of four units. Within Year 10 students will study in detail the technical and expressive skills, as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance.

Year 11

Within Year 11, students will complete the four units, consisting of one written exam, one practical exam and two controlled assessment units.
Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance – Written Paper - 20%
This is a 1 hour written paper that will be taken at the end of the course. Candidates will study two professional dance works and answer a short and concise written paper focusing on critical analysis and perceptive understanding of the two chosen professional works. Questions may also refer to the candidate's own performance and/or choreography.
Unit 2: Set Dance – Practical Examination – 20%
This is a set dance, chosen by AQA lasting approximately one minute. This is taught by the teacher during the course and is externally examined. Candidates will demonstrate their physical competence and effectiveness as performers and their knowledge of safe working practice.
Unit 3: Performance in a group dance – Controlled Assessment – 20%
This 3 minutes long group piece is choreographed by the teacher with regular input from the candidates.
Unit 4: Choreography – Controlled Assessment - 40%
Task 1 – Solo Choreography – 15%
Candidates will demonstrate their increasing effectiveness as a choreographer and their ability to appreciate dance. Candidates select 3 motifs from one of the selected professional dance works. The motifs must be developed by the candidate to create a short solo dance, with clear form and structure, of between 1 and 1½ minutes.
Task 2 – Solo/Duo/Group Choreography – 25%
Candidates must select a starting point or stimulus that will aid them to choreography a dance in any style that fully addresses the criteria. Candidates may choose to choreograph a solo or a group dance for 2, 3, 4 or 5 dancers. A solo dance must be between 1½ to 2 minutes; a group dance must be between 2½ to 3 minutes.
Candidates may perform in their own choreographies.

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