Eaton Bank Academy


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Dance on our curriculum engages and challenges all pupils’ imagination, logic, creativity and physicality. It encourages and aids the development of confidence, cooperation and participation; guidance and preparation for life both within and beyond Eaton Bank Academy.


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Key Stage 3

The aims of the Dance department at Key Stage 3 are to encourage, develop and experience:

  • Knowledge and understanding of dance as an art form
  • Creativity
  • Performance, physical and appreciation skills
  • Confidence
  • Variety of dance genres & styles
  • Work as an individual and group member
  • Introduce students to a variety of skills and techniques which will be needed at the start of GCSE


At Key Stage 3 we will study:-


Year 7

Basic actions, formation and use of space.

Safe and creative lifting and contact work, canon & unison.

Appreciation and creativity linked to professional dance work (Swansong) anti-bullying and characterisation.

Year 8

Conflict & cooperation through a whole class performance piece.

Street / break dancing genre & You got served American style dance off.


Large group contact work.

The study of Dance will allow students to develop their:

  • Communication skills
  • Confidence and expressive qualities
  • Physical fitness and well being


Key Stage 3 Assessment

All students will be given subject targets working towards a Key Stage Level and parents will receive details of progress throughout each year. Students will be assessed during practical performances at the end of each unit of work. Progress will be recorded in the front of their dance work book.


Home Learning

How parents can help to support their son’s/daughter’s learning:

  • Encouraging – asking your child questions about their dance lessons.
  • Encouraging your child to take a regular interest in dance and the performing arts on the television, at the theatre, on the internet and locally.
  • Encouraging your child’s involvement in extra curricular dance opportunities both in school and in the wider community.

Students will always be working on dance pieces to be performed for formal assessments. These may run for several months, weeks or just a couple of lessons. At times they will need to rehearse this work in their own time. After each lesson pupils will have homework tasks to be completed in their dance work books. Sometimes these tasks may be extended over several lessons.

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs V Sheard –

Key Stage 4

Dance makes a distinctive contribution to the education of all students, in that it uses movement as its mode of expression and communication; it engages the physical, emotional and intellectual dimensions of the human being in artistic and aesthetic experiences.

Composing, performing and appreciating dance are the three strands in which experiences should be framed.

The course seeks to promote knowledge, skill and understanding of dance through performance, composition and appreciation of each candidate’s own work and those of others, including peers and professionals.

Throughout the course you will have a combination of practical and theory lessons per fortnight.


The GCSE Dance syllabus will assess the candidates’ ability to:

  • demonstrate the skills of dance performance;
  • demonstrate the skills of dance composition;
  • interpret and evaluate dance showing accuracy, imagination and sensitivity;
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of dance appreciation including cultural and historical context.

Terminal Examination

The terminal examination will consist of two papers which are set and marked by AQA.

Component 1:  Performance & Choreography

Performance               Set phrases through a solo performance (1 minute)

Duet / Trio performance (3 ½ minutes)

30% of GCSE (internal examination, external moderation)

Choreography            Solo or group choreography (2 – 3 ½ minutes)

30% of GCSE (internal examination, external moderation)

Component 2Dance Appreciation

             Written exam – 80 marks (1 hour 30 minutes)     40% of total marks

Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills

Critical appreciation of own work

Critical appreciation of professional works


Students will be involved in a residential visit during October 2018.


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