To provide Dance as a means of complying with and enhancing the National Curriculum, whilst enabling a creative learning environment suitable for the academic and social development of all individuals.

We provide an enjoyable, inspiring and challenging curriculum, which we believe significantly contributes towards the emotional, spiritual and physical development of each student. We hope that our students will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to appreciate dance as choreographers, performers and audiences.

Dance KS3 Curriculum Overview

Year 7

1. Introduction to Dance
2. The 4 Componenets of Choreography
3. Choreography and Professional Works
4. Performance in a Group
5. Performance and Professional Works
6. The Performer and The Audience

Year 8

1. Choreographers and their Choreographic Style - Ailey and Maliphant
2. Choreographers and their Choreographic Style - Bourne and Finnan
3. Styles of Dance
4. Styles of Dance 2
5. The Performer and the Audience - In-the Round and Proscenium Arch
6. The Performer and the Audience - Dance for the Camera and Site Specific

Year 9

1. Various Stimuli - Visual, Text, Props
2. Various Stimuli - Historical Events, Georgaphical features, Science, Board Games
3. World Dance - South African Gumboot, West African Yoruba
4. World Dance - Indian (Kathak, Bollywood, Bharata Natyam), Haka
5. Style and Genre - Physical Theatre, Abstract
6. Style and Genre - Comic, Narrative


We aim to:

  • Encourage and guide each student towards fulfilling her creative and movement potential
  • Develop confidence, expression, patience and understanding when working with others
  • Encourage communication of ideas and feelings through movement
  • Provide an inclusive and creative learning environment suitable for students of any ability, age or race

Aim 1

The school curriculum should aim to provide opportunities for all students to learn and achieve. Dance should, in accordance with the National Curriculum, be taught as part of Physical Education. It not only provides an excellent and enjoyable means of exercising and keeping fit, but also provides an alternative learning environment that can compliment many areas of the curriculum.

The incorporation of Dance into the school curriculum enables all students to participate, learn and achieve, regardless of cultural background, race, gender or disability, providing a learning environment where all participants and their contributions are viewed as equal.

Aim 2

The school curriculum should aim to promote students spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

There are many different dance styles originating form varying cultures and origins. The incorporation of dance within the school curriculum will promote cultural awareness and with the use of music, text, images and props from particular cultures of ethnic origins can educate students to the knowledge of other cultures and their ideologies.

Entitlement and Implementation

Dance is an area of activity within the Physical Education National Curriculum. Students undertake one lesson of Dance per two-weeks in Years 7, 8 and 9. GCSE Dance students are taught for 5 hours across the two-week timetable and A Level students are taught for 7 hours over the two-week timetable. All students fulfil the National Curriculum requirements as laid down in the Programme of Study.

Year 7

Terms 1 and 2: Choreography

Students learn the skills required to choreograph dance. Work is primarily undertaken in small groups, and students will be introduced to professional dance pieces in order to develop their dance vocabulary.

Terms 3 and 4: Performance

Students will learn the elements required to become a successful performer. Professional works will again be studied to aid understanding and students will learn a Set Dance that will be performed in assemblies and at the annual “Evening of Dance” in the Spring.

Terms 5 and 6: Choreography, Performance, Appreciation

Students will create a dance piece to be performed as a final assessment. Using the knowledge and skills developed throughout the year, they will select appropriate music and costume in order to present a high quality performance piece.

Year 8

Terms 1 and 2: Style

Students will experience a range of dance styles and study a range of professional Choreographers in order to develop their dance technique and the quality of their performance. The styles include Contemporary Dance, Street Dance, Break Dance, Ballet , Disco, Latin, Irish and Capoeira. The Choreographers include Richard Alston, Russell Maliphant, Christopher Bruce and Alvin Ailey.

Terms 3 and 4: Action and Reaction

Students will use the skills learnt from the Styles of Dance unit to create a whole class dance performance. All students will be encouraged to perform as a whole year group in assembly and will be given the opportunity to perform at the annual “Evening of Dance”. Gifted and Talented students will be selected to perform at the Dance Umbrella.

Terms 5 and 6: The Performer and the Audience

Students will select and structure movement material in relation to specific ideas, with particular consideration of the audience to whom they will perform.

Year 9

Terms 1 and 2: Various Stimuli

Students will use a range of pictures, text and props as a stimulus from which they can create dance.

Terms 3 and 4: World Dance

Students will learn dance styles from around the world, including African, Indian, The Haka and English. Students will have the opportunity to perform these in the annual “Evening of Dance”.

Terms 5 and 6: Style and Genre

This module looks at the style and genre of dance from an audience perspective. Focus will be on Narrative, Physical, Comic and Abstract and students will use video extracts of professional works to aid understanding, appraisal and appropriate execution of the chosen style.

GCSE Dance

  • Unit 1 Written Exam Paper 20%
  • Unit 2 Set Dance 20%
  • Unit 3 Performance in a Group
  • Unit 4 Choreography 40% (Unit 4a Solo Composition 15% Unit 4b Group Choreography 25%)

Students undertake a range of modules and activities to aid the development of choreography, performance and appreciation. They are required to study 2 Set Works- professional dance pieces on which they will be questioned in the Written Exam Paper. They will also use these works as stimuli for both Unit 3 Perforamnce in a Group and Unit 4 Solo Composition.

AS and A Level Dance

Unit 1 will cover:

  • The dancer as performer; knowledge and understanding of the demands made in practice and performance on the dancer
  • The process and craft of choreography
  • The significance of dances

Unit 2 will cover:

  • The process of solo choreography
  • Physical and interpretative skills in relation to performing the solo choreography
  • Performance skills within a duo/trio

Unit 3 will cover:

  • In depth study of modern/contemporary dance and the critical analysis of a Set Work (“Zero Degrees” by Khan/Cherkaoui) and an area of study (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre)

Unit 4 will cover:

  • Group choreography
  • Solo performance skills in relation to a specific choreographer

Students achieve high results at both AS and A Level Dance with many exceeding their target grades. Many students continue their study of dance at Higher Education.


Oldfield School hosts a wide range of extra-curricular dance activities:

Signature Dance Group

  • Signature Dance Group - Signature Dance Group is the school dance company. Students from all years can be involved and each year group rehearses during allocated lunchtimes throughout the year. 
  • Signature Boys Dance Group - a high energy group that develops skills in Street, Break Dance, Hip Hop and traditional techniques through fun and quirky dance pieces to the latest beats!
  • Street Dance - a weekly class for all ages and abilities.
  • Gifted and Talented - a weekly class for students who have been identified as being talented in either choreography, performance and/or the appreciation of dance. Students will be given the opportunity to work with a range of professional dancers and dance companies throughout the year and to also lead a range of workshops within the local community. The weekly workshop aims to help students further their skills in all areas of dance, challenging and motivating them further to reach their highest potential.
  • Choreography Lab - an open studio session for any dancer wishing to use the studio space. This can be used to rehearse class work and assessment pieces, to rehearse examination work for GCSE and A Level Dance students or for the creation of pieces to be used for forthcoming performances such as the annual Evening of Dance or the House Dance Competition.

Contemporary Technique Class

This is aimed at KS4 and KS5 students who wish to improve their dance technique, whether for GCSE or A Level Dance, or just simply as a means of enjoyment and exercise.

G&T Dance group

This is a weekly workshop for KS3, KS4 and KS5 G&T Dance students to improve and further skills in choreography and performance.

Performance Opportunities

Oldfield School  holds a number of opportunities and events where students can perform their dance work.

  • Evening of Dance - this huge event is held in the Spring and students from all years perform work created both in lessons and during extracurricular clubs. The event has seen around a third of the school get involved and show their love of dance at this enjoyable evening!
  • House Dance Competition - a new and exciting event on the calendar to be held in November 2014. Watch students from each House battle it out to win the coveted trophy! Watch this space for further information!
  • Assemblies - all students are given the opportunity to share work with their peers through performing in assemblies and House Meetings throughout the year.

Cross Curricular Links


  • Students can use synonyms and alternative vocals to describe movements and dances
  • Using literature and poetry as stimuli for creating dance and movement
  • Creating characters through movement motifs and phrases contrasted with techniques used by writers
  • Discussion and appraisal of movement and dance, therefore improving communication skills
  • Learning new vocabulary


  • Developing spatial awareness, counting and patterning skills
  • Exploring numbers, shape and space


  • Understanding the body
  • Developing awareness of body parts
  • Understanding why exercise is good for you
  • Exploration of themes such as particles, digestion, respiration, forces, elements, mixtures and compounds through movement in order to develop understanding for KS3 and improve end of Year and end of KS3 grades.


  • Awareness and appreciation of rhythm, tempo and phrasing
  • Acknowledging and understanding different musical genres
  • Using music as a stimulus from which to create dance
  • Choosing music as an accompaniment to enhance choreography and dance performance

Art, Design and Technology

  • Considering spatial perspectives
  • Using photographs, paintings, sculptures etc as stimuli from which to create dance
  • Designing costume, lighting, set and programmes

Humanities (This is the specified cross-curricular link within the SDP)

  • History of dance
  • Why dance crazes spread
  • Using historic topic work as a stimulus from which to create dance
  • Using geographical topic work as a stimulus
  • Understanding and knowledge about different habitats, people, places and dance customs
  • Spiritual, moral and ethical issues raised due to the dance styles and relationships with the class


  • Using music
  • Incorporation of videos/DVDs of movement, actions and professional dance to develop ideas
  • Incorporation of recordings of students movement and dance work to compare ideas and quality
  • Involvement of new recording and editing equipment within the studio


  • Developing awareness of self
  • Developing awareness of others
  • Developing inter-personal relations
  • Working as part of a team
  • Co-operation
  • Developing confidence
  • Developing awareness of relaxation and stress management through movement and dance
  • Developing awareness of healthy diet and lifestyle

Evening of Dance 2016

Talent and hard work truly paid off in our annual Evening of Dance held at Bath Forum on Wednesday 13th July!

From Irish to Indian, Disco to Dabbing, Capoeira to Contemporary, students of all ages presented a night of high quality entertainment.

The performances were of a very high standard and students showed off their passion and enjoyment for dance through their exuberance and energy.

"There were some amazing performances and I really enjoyed the night" (Year 7 Parent)

" It was great to see the children having the opportunity to perform on such a large stage with such confidence and enjoyment. We thought the standard of dance was particularly high and it was nice to see the progression as students moved up through the school." (Year 9 Parent)

Well done to all students involved- we look forward to many more successful performances next year!

Mrs Smith, Head of Dance
Mrs Macnaughton, Teacher of Dance