Dance Key Stage 4

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts–  Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance.

Component 2: Developing skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts- Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting, dance and/or musical theatre repertoire as performers or designers.

Component 3: Responding to a Brief- Learners will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to contribute to a workshop performance as either a performer or designer in response to a given brief and stimulus.

Year 10

Year 10 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Component 1To develop as a performer you will need a broad understanding of performance work and influences. This component will help you to understand the requirements of being a performer in dance across a range of performances and performance styles. You will look at elements such as roles, responsibilities and the application of relevant skills and techniques. You will broaden your knowledge through observing existing repertoire and by learning about the approaches of practitioners, and how they create and influence performance material.
Term 2Component 2In this component, you will develop performing skills and techniques. You will have the opportunity to specialise as a performer in dance. You will take part in workshops and classes where you will develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. You will work from existing performing arts repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce performance. Throughout your development, you will review your own progress and consider how to make improvements. Developing performance skills and techniques will enable you to consider your aptitude and enjoyment for performing arts, helping you to make informed decisions about what you study in the future.
Term 3Component 2A continuation of Component 2.
Workshops and rehearsals to develop a performance piece showcasing your skills for assessment.


Year 11

Year 11 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1 Component 3
Students will accumulate their skills to prepare performances in relation to a specific starting point given by the exam board.
In this component, you will have the opportunity to respond to a brief. You will be given a brief that outlines the performance and design requirements and that asks you to consider your target audience and to start the creative process by using the given stimulus included in the brief. Working as part of a group, you will develop your ideas for a workshop performance and apply your skills and techniques to communicate your creative intentions to your audience. The performance or design skills you will use will vary depending on features such as your selected performance discipline and the content of the work, your venue and target audience.
Term 2 Component 3 Component 3 continued
Term 3 Component 3 Component 3 continued