Mrs H Brogden - Head of Performing Arts:

Mrs L Lindley - Assistant Headteacher/SENCO/Teacher of Dance:




The study of dance as an art form contributes to students’ aesthetic and social development. As a physical activity it promotes fitness and well being. Dance also supports learning across a range of subjects.

As performers, students develop confidence and self-esteem. They develop self and body awareness as well as sensitivity to others and team-working skills. Effective performance requires physical effort and the determination to succeed and improve. As choreographers, students employ the skills of problem solving and creativity. Effective choreography requires imagination and the ability to synthesise a number of elements. In directing others, students develop their interpersonal and communication skills. As critics, students make informed decisions about the dances they see. They articulate their knowledge, opinions and preferences. Viewing professional dances fulfills students’ cultural entitlement and broadens their artistic experience.

The dance curriculum has been designed to allow our students to aspire, achieve and enjoy.  Students will be encouraged to break down stereotypes and understand how skills can transfer to other settings and subject areas.   The curriculum has been developed to provide opportunities for students to develop their performance and physical skills, as well as understand the place of dance in a professional environment.  Students will also develop their analytical skills through interrogating both professional and live performances in order to support improvements to their own and others work.  Schemes of work have been designed to promote progress in the skills needed as a performer, but also lead clearly into the GCSE dance course. 

The dance curriculum has been developed alongside the other performing arts subjects (drama and music), identifying skills and methods, which correlate across the faculty.  Developing key life skills such as confidence, leadership and teamwork are evident across all schemes of work to support the student’s progress in other subject areas and outside of the school setting. 

Theoretical skills are addressed in all year groups with students learning how to write about dance and their own performances supporting whole school policies.  Students are encouraged to use subject specific terminology and to speak in full sentences in all scenarios.  

Above all, we want students at Maghull High School to enjoy dance, whilst understanding the importance of the skills developed to transfer into numerous settings. 

What are the key concepts that have to be mastered for pupils to be successful in this subject?

1. To critically analyse professional dance and a wide range of dance styles

3. To explore choreographer techniques through devising dance 

4. To develop performance, physical and mental skills 

5. To explore a variety of performance settings and the importance of accompaniment

Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8, Dance is taught within the PE curriculum.  Each student is given a 6 week block of dance lessons where they learn skills in basic movement and choreography. 

In year 9, every student has one dance lesson a fortnight as part of the performing arts curriculum.  These are taught in mixed sex tutor groups and build on the work started in year 7 improving student’s performance and technical skills.

Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 9        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2 

Curriculum Map 2020/21 

Key Stage 4

We currently offer GCSE Dance at KS4 and follow the AQA Dance specification. The course focuses on aesthetic and artistic qualities and the use of movement to express and communicate ideas.  Students are assessed both in performance and choreographic tasks as well as a 1 hour 30 minute written paper at the end of year 11.

Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 10  Practical      Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 10  Theory        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 11  Practical      Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 11  Theory        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Key Stage 5

We currently offer A Level dance in the sixth form and follow the AQA Dance specification.  Studying A Level Dance provides a suitable foundation for study in higher education and further employment. 

The A Level course focuses on: 

•Performance – Perform in a quartet and a solo based on the style of a specified practitioner 

•Choreography – Choreograph a group dance based on a set stimulus

•Critical Appreciation – 2 hour 30 minute written paper answering questions on two set eras in Dance and two set works. 

Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 13 Practical       Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 13 Theory         Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Cultural Capital

Across all key stages, students are encouraged to be independent thinkers and team players.  Dance is a subjective lesson, where all students are encouraged to have a voice, discuss and critically analyse their work. Mental skills and attributes such as confidence, memory, commitment and concentration are all encouraged through performances and the chance to talk about their work, and their peers, in an open forum. 

Students are encouraged to attend extra-curricular dance clubs which run weekly at both lunch and after school.  Dance clubs are taught as mixed ability and are an opportunity for students to further extend their learning and to develop their passion in a variety of dance styles and contexts.  Student aspiration is encouraged through a variety of trips, visits and external performance opportunities.  Examples include performances at the annual Epiphany Service in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, The Wally Cain Dance Festival and the annual Dance Show. 

An Equitable Curriculum - Removing Barriers to Learning

Dance is an inclusive subject.  Relevant schemes of work have been designed so that they are relatable to our students.  As a creative subject, all students are encouraged to have a voice and an opinion on the choices made in their lessons.  Students are taught how to have meaningful discussions around their work and to listen to their peers when making choices.  To further develop student’s skillset, they have the opportunity to take on the roles of choreographer or technician if this is desired. 


We run an extensive extra-curricular programme both at lunchtimes and after school.  This incorporates Dance sessions in a variety of styles for all students at all ages.  Clubs and activities can be tailored to meet student demand and work towards numerous performance opportunities. 

There is also the chance for our very able students to join the Maghull High School Dance Company who meet weekly. 

Extra-curricular timetable

Spotlight Academy timetable 

For more information regarding the dance curriculum please contact Mrs H Brogden (Head of Performing Arts)

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