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Dance Department

Our Vision

Dance plays a role in the curriculum as it is an art form that combines physical literacy with imagination and creativity.  It remains a highly popular subject amongst children and young people encouraging their engagement in wider learning. For students, who are often not attracted to sports, dance remains the most popular physical activity, providing an effective means for addressing obesity and other health problems. In dance we aim to promote students' ability to feel comfortable with how their bodies move and looking to develop self-confidence and self-esteem. We are also looking to develop independent and creative learners who are able to appreciate dance as a form of expression and develop an understanding about what makes a good performance.  

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Click here to learn about how the Curriculum is planned, delivered and assessed in Performance.

Each student at Admiral Lord Nelson School will have one lesson of Dance in year 7 and 8.  They will then have one lesson of performance in year 9. In year 9, students will have the opportunity to choose BTEC Performing Arts and opt for the dance pathway.

Years 7 & 8 (KS3)
Years 9 - 11 (KS4)

Exam Board

In Key Stage 4 students can follow the Edexcel BTEC Dance course.


The focus within the Performing Arts at all levels is “Creating, Performing, Responding.”

Assessment measures engagement, participation and skill level.


  • To fully implement the whole school assessment policy.
  • To provide assessment which is effective in ensuring that all students make progress and engage with their learning.

Assessment is not an end in itself; its main purpose it to support teaching and learning by identifying what students already know and can do and what their next step should be. Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning which is evident in EVERY lesson.

By assessing students accurately and consistently and recording key information we:

  • Build a clear picture of each student’s skills, knowledge, understanding and approaches to learning;
  • Identify each student’s strengths and the priority areas for their future learning;
  • Identify the progress of students in individual lessons;
  • Evaluate and improve the teaching strategies used with students;
  • Evaluate the progress of each student over  time;
  • Identify, celebrate and share success.

This course is continually assessed through practical work, workshops, performances and a log book that students must keep. There is one externally assessed element of the course which is still practical.  Students will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction depending on which criteria they achieve throughout the course.

Quality Teaching and Learning Entitlement

Students are entitled to:

  • A positive, safe learning environment which allows students to develop their skills with others showing respect for one another.
  • Well planned schemes of work and lessons which set out clear learning objectives.
  • Be creative and engaged with their learning ensuring that they are challenged and take responsibility for their progress.
  • Opportunities in lessons to evaluate others performances considering and understanding what makes a good performance.
  • A clear understanding of the assessment criteria within Dance so that they are able to track and monitor their progress.
  • The opportunity to perform in front of a live audience both in lessons and outside of lessons.

Teaching in Dance lessons should have:

  • A positive environment where students feel confident to perform and give feedback to others.
  • Students should be free to express their ideas with others developing their ability to work within a group and understand how to work cooperatively with others.
  • Suitable levels of challenge where students are able to work outside of their comfort levels in order to progress further.
  • Shared learning objectives which enable the student to understand what is expected of them and what they are trying to learn within the lesson.
  • Clear assessment criteria which students can monitor and understand what needs to be achieved in order to progress further. 
  • The opportunity to share and celebrate the achievement of others.