WELCOME TO THE DANCE DEPARTMENT AT THAMESMEAD
The Dance department at Thamesmead is led by Mrs Robins-Kent, along with Mrs Ward.
At Thamesmead we believe that dance promotes environmental, aesthetic and cultural awareness. It also promotes trust, co-operation, communication skills and a sense of well-being.
In addition, dance is a means of communication, allowing students to express feelings and emotions where they are not bound by the restrictions of language and social conventions
We aim to:
- Foster the enjoyment of dance and develop students sensitivity and understanding
- Provide pleasure from their own and others’ work and to nurture aesthetic awareness
- Help students develop an awareness of their world and be able to relate to cultures, times and traditions
- Encourage communication skills of speech, sign, gesture, mime, movement etc.
- Provide experience of the work of professional artists
- Foster life-long appreciation of these areas
Students will have the opportunity to:
- Develop social skills such as co-operation, tolerance, self-discipline, self-control and listening skills
- Respond to a variety of stimuli
- Develop body awareness, balance, control, co-ordination etc.
- Develop empathy and understanding
- Express feelings and emotions in a secure environment
- Participate in extra curricular dance sessions after school and attend specially arranged opportunities for students who have demonstrated a particular talent in dance – Woking Dance festival, Thamesmeads own Dance festival in the summer term together with items in the school cabaret
Curriculum and school organisation:
- The teaching of dance is approached in a flexible way
- Some is of a cross-curricular nature enabling students to explore their units of study in a more creative manner that promotes deeper understanding of the subject, or empathy with the situation
- Some is specifically planned to develop skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes
- Dance is taught as an integral part of the core PE curriculum in KS3. It is also offered as an option at KS4
- After school dance sessions are provided as part of a programme of enrichment opportunities
GCSE DANCE – Exam Board AQA
How and what will be assessed.
Unit 1 : Critical Appreciation of Dance 20%
Written Paper – 1 hour
Answer questions on two professional works set by syllabus
Unit 2 : Set Dance – Practical Exam 20%
Students perform one solo dance of 1-1½min from a choice of two set by exam board
Unit 3 : Performance in a duo/group related to a set professional work 20%
Students perform a dance lasting 3 – 3½ min – Controlled Assessment
Unit 4 : Choreography Unit Total 40%
Task 1 : Solo Composition 1 – 1½ mins 15%
Task 2 : Choreography – Solo/duo/group 25%