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NEWS AND EVENTS
About the subject
Year 7 Overview
Robert Clack Dance department aims to offer a wide range of activities and opportunities to students, both during curriculum time and through extra-curricular activities. The main aims of the department are;
• To promote and nurture creativity and give students a platform in which to share their ideas and talents.
• To promote physical and mental wellbeing.
• To encourage students to continue to participate in Dance outside of school and in their post-school life.
• To provide equal opportunities for all students to access Dance in school.
• To provide opportunities for those students who have exceptional talent, or interest in Dance, so that they are able to reach their full potential.
Students will be taught Dance within their PE lessons for the first three years at Robert Clack. All students will have at least twelve weeks of Dance throughout each year and will have the opportunity to perform some of their class work in an informal studio setting. Students are assessed at the end of the twelve week scheme of work, assessment is based on their choreographic, performance and evaluation skills.
In year 7 pupils get the opportunity to study different dance styles in order to broaden their initial knowledge and understanding of dance. They will looks at the stylistic features and skills needed to perform Jazz, Jive and Bollywood.
Year 8 Overview
Year 9 Overview
In year 8 pupils study a unit of work called ‘Dance by Chance’ in this unit they will start to develop their choreographic skills and start to learn about motif development.
In year 9 pupils study a professional dance work called ‘Faultline’ whereby they will look at communicating a theme through dance, whilst continuing to develop their choreographic and physical dance skills.
Year 10 Overview
We currently offer the BTEC Level 2 first award in Performing Arts/Dance in years 10 and 11. Students may take this as one of their options when they choose these in year 9. The course studied is equivalent to 1 GCSE grade A*-C. As part of the course students have the opportunity to perform on numerous occasions in venues such as the Broadway Theatre in Barking where we hold our school Dance show each year.
In year 10 the pupils take a unit called ‘Dance Styles’ whereby they take weekly technique class in a range of different styles including Contemporary, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre, Jazz to improve their physical skills such as strength, posture and flexibility. Alongside the technique classes students learn and rehearse performance pieces in preparation for the Dance show and other events.
Year 11 Overview
In year 11 the pupils complete two units the first is called ‘Preparation, Performance and Production’ where the pupils take responsibility for creating a piece of dance through research, rehearsal and choreographic tasks. The second unit is the ‘Individual Showcase’ Where the pupils must perform two solo pieces and are assessed throughout the course on their ability to perform, improve and choreograph. Throughout the course students will have access to theatre visits to see live Dance in venues such as Saddlers Wells and The Place at London Contemporary Dance School. On completion of the course students can progress to study for either a level 3 BTEC Dance qualification or Dance A level.
Exam board used for GCSE
BTEC - Edexcel
Link to the specification from the exam board