Dance and Drama

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students receive 1 hour a fortnight of Dance/Drama. During Years 7 and 8 students will explore a range of themes which provide opportunities for Dance and Drama skills to be combined into 3 units of work.

In Year 9 students will be taught specialised techniques and skills which will prepare them for the requirements of Dance and Drama GCSE courses.

Dance Overview

Dance at KS3 focuses on three main elements; performance, composition and appreciation. Students work collaboratively in order to develop team building skills and communication, leading to working together to create movement material which they will perform to an audience.

They will also learn to:

-develop technical and expressive skills in a range of styles.

-devise movement material using a rage of actions, space, relationships and dynamics

-Appreciate professional dance works and composition work of their own and their peers.

Drama Overview

During their drama lessons students will explore voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, and learn how to make meaning clear for themselves, and for an audience. They will also learn to:

-Use language and actions to explore and convey situations, characters and emotions

  • Create and sustain roles when working individually and with others
- Comment constructively on drama they have watched or in which they have taken part

-Devise, write and perform short scripts

Summary of Dance/Drama units of work


-Performance and expressive skills


-Into the Woods-Dramatic role play

-Comedy performances through mime

-Physical Theatre

-Script reading and characterisation


Musical Theatre

Bugsy Malone

Focus: narrative & character dancing

Musical Theatre

Bugsy Malone

Focus: characterisation and performance skills

Musical Theatre

Bugsy Malone

Focus: performance skills


African Storytelling and Dance

Arts Award leadership project

Stage Combat- The Hunger Games

Arts Award leadership Project

Contemporary Dance

“Hush” Christopher Bruce

Arts Award leadership project

Extra- Curricular Dance/Drama

There are various opportunities provided to students in the senior school to participate in dance and drama beyond the curriculum. Each year all senior pupils will be given the chance to participate in a whole school production of a musical or play. All students are encouraged to be involved in the production, whether it be in the capacity of an acting, singing, dancing or backstage role. Students will work together in teams and attend weekly rehearsals and workshops.

A themed Arts week is scheduled during the academic year, where students participate in a range of arts activities which can include community performances, trips, and workshops with visiting artists, culminating in a showcase performance in the school theatre.

Students also have the chance to attend other clubs and events which include:

- Project Dance Club

- Ballet class

- Contemporary Dance class

- Senior Drama workshop

- Speech and Drama Festival

- The Regent Theatre Dance Festival

- Youth Dance England Performance classes

- Theatre trips and workshops with professional artists.

- Arts Award leadership sessions.

- School Production rehearsals and workshops


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Entrance Assessment - 12th November 2020

Following a successful appointment only Open Week, our Entrance Assessment for children wishing to join Year 7 in September 2021 will take place on 12th November 2020.

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