‘Great dancers are not great because of their TECHNIQUE, They are great because of their passion’.

Martha Graham

As part of the diverse PE Curriculum all students will experience four practical lessons, three will be PE lessons and one will be a dance lesson. Students will experience one dance lesson every fortnight working on new skills. They will be taught the basic fundamentals of dance and learn to be able to develop their creativity with their choreography. They will learn and experience progression of new skills and enjoyment through the practical means of Performance. Students will be encouraged to work in groups and individually to try to problem solve as well as build on their confidence and self-esteem. The aim is to enhance practical performance skills through a range of differ4ent topics and encourage new thoughts and ideas through the medium of dance.

Year 7:

What will I learn:

Students will learn basic dance terminology regarding performance and choreographic skills in order to perform, create and appreciate other’s work. They will develop their sense of style and practice technical skills in order to become stronger and more competent dancers through different topics and dance styles.

Examples of the year topics are:

  • Warming up
  • Cultural dance
  • Gestures

Year 8:

What will I learn:

Students will develop their skills even further in choreography and how to use choreographic devices as well as ways of varying a motif within composition. They will extend their performance knowledge and learn how to develop their dynamic and spatial awareness within performance.

The skills are more advanced and sequences we are aiming at more complex and fluid routines.

Examples of year 8 topics:

  • Dance styles
  • Sparring
  • Chess

Year 10 / 11 GCSE Dance:

What will I learn at GCSE:

They will recap the fundamentals of performance terminology and enhance their performance ability within the practical lessons. As well as learn and Students will study the Anthology unit which encompasses 6 professional dance works of A Linha Curva, Infra, Shadows, Within Her Eyes, Artificial Things and Emancipation of Expression.

They will advance their knowledge of choreography looking at structure, stimulus, musical accompaniment, setting, lighting, physical setting, props and many others areas all learning to delve deeper into the world of choreography.

By the end of Year 11 students will have created a final choreography piece, performed three practical dances, two solos and one duo/ trio and gained further knowledge into 6 professional dances ready for the final written exam.


  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Dance
  • Board: AQA
  • Code: 8236

Year 10/11

Students in PE will study different fitness programmes that highlight skills for dance. Aiming for more participation and enjoyment whilst working out and enhancing the benefits of dance and PE and having a healthier mind and body.

Examples for Year 10/11:

  • Fitness programmes
  • Styles of dance eg. Salsa
  • Musical Theatre
  • Props
  • Site Specific

Learning Journeys

Learning Journey - Year 10 GCSE Dance

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