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I am a head of department with over ten years experience of setting up key stage 3 and 4 dance and drama curriculums in schools. I have a passion for developing teaching and learning in Performing Arts and I have a proven track record of successful outcomes at key stage 4 using my curriculum model. I believe you must create a strong foundation of skills at key stage 3 to prepare students for success at key stage 4.

I am a head of department with over ten years experience of setting up key stage 3 and 4 dance and drama curriculums in schools. I have a passion for developing teaching and learning in Performing Arts and I have a proven track record of successful outcomes at key stage 4 using my curriculum model. I believe you must create a strong foundation of skills at key stage 3 to prepare students for success at key stage 4.
Year 8 Exploring Motionhouse
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Year 8 Exploring Motionhouse

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A powerpoint resource which guides you through the scheme of work over seven lessons. The unit explores the professional work ‘Broken’ by Motionhouse and uses simple balance sequences to introduce contact to students. Boys especially engage with this unit as they love the different balances! Success Criteria is imbedded within the powerpoint. Scheme of Work is available separately.
GCSE Dance Rolling Revision
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GCSE Dance Rolling Revision

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GCSE Dance Written Paper Rolling Revision Powerpoint. Can be converted to a PDF to be uploaded to SMHW or an other Homework sites. Set up so dates can be added - questions to be answered each week with links to youtube for the professional works. I used it as a ongoing with year 10 to keep their knowledge and understanding of the works we had studied while we focused on practical in lessons, worked really well as a consolidation of their learning.
GCSE Dance - Anthology Revision Blockbusters
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GCSE Dance - Anthology Revision Blockbusters

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A series of questions related to different works within the GCSE Dance Anthology. The students can play in pairs or groups and the aim of the game is to get across the board (connecting 5 boxes) before your opponent. To get across the board they must answer the questions correctly. This can also be used as an individual homework and the teacher can set different questions each week related to the number board. (Please note the marks available are linked to the difficulty of the question rather than the written paper mark scheme for key command words)
Year 7 Dance Unit of Work (Body Actions)
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Year 7 Dance Unit of Work (Body Actions)

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A collection of resources to support the delivery of an introductory unit of work for year 7 dance. Can be taught as a PE unit or as part of a performing arts curriculum. Detailed plans and PowerPoint guidance allows non specialists to also deliver the unit. A marking grid for the final performance is also included saving time on marking and feedback on practical work.
GCSE Dance Knowledge Organiser
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GCSE Dance Knowledge Organiser

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A Knowledge organiser of key terminology for the current AQA GCSE Dance Specification (2016 onwards). Also included is a fill in the gaps version so you can test your student’s recall of key terminology.
GCSE Dance - Introduction to Within Her Eyes
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GCSE Dance - Introduction to Within Her Eyes

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Introduction to a practical exploration of Within Her Eyes followed by a ‘linked theory’ section to develop knowledge and understanding of the professional work. The PowerPoint breaks down a range of practical explorations you can do in lessons linked to the choreographic process and intention of the piece.
Year 7 Brazilian Dance (Based on A Linha Curva)
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Year 7 Brazilian Dance (Based on A Linha Curva)

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A seven lesson PowerPoint resource exploring Brazilian Dance through A Linha Curva. Each lesson builds on the lesson before developing basic choreographic skills through chosen repertoire from A Linha Curva. The scheme allows students to learn movement from A Linha Curva and then experiment with formations, relationships and choreographic devices to increase their knowledge of key terminology. The success criteria is included in the PowerPoint and a scheme of work and marking grid are also available in my shop.
Dance Evaluation Support Mat
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Dance Evaluation Support Mat

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This resource is based on a literacy map concept however developed for Dance Evaluations. It can be shared with students to support them to write more detailed examples linked to their practical work in lessons as well as encouraging them to reflect independently on their work.
Year 7 Dance - Basic Body Actions
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Year 7 Dance - Basic Body Actions

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An introductory unit to Dance. Seven lesson PowerPoint resource. Resource guides the learning from a set warm up and movement phrase to using basic choreographic skills to develop the movement phrase into their own dance in preparation for a performance at the end of the topic. Key terminology is used throughout the unit and the success criteria is linked to each lesson through learning objectives and evidence checklist to meet the objectives.
Key Stage 3 Dance Skills Audit
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Key Stage 3 Dance Skills Audit

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An effective self assessment worksheet for students in key stage 3. Allows students to self assess against key Dance Skills and Personal Management Skills relating to Level 2 courses such as GCSE and BTEC Dance.
I CAN Display Board Headings
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I CAN Display Board Headings

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Display board headings to feature a #ICAN board. Create an interactive display in your studio or classroom which allows students to continue to work independently but also have the support they require when needed. You can use plastic wallets or laminated cards and pin them to the board so students can take a help sheet or challenge card when they are working on their practical. No more ‘I Can’t Do It!’ or ‘I’m finished!’. Make your displays interactive and useful for your students.
Year 7 Dance - Basic Body Actions Scheme of Work
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Year 7 Dance - Basic Body Actions Scheme of Work

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A seven lesson introductory scheme of work for Dance. Leads students through basic skills in a set warm up to application of body actions in a movement phrase and then using basic choreographic devices and relationships to create a group performance. Success Criteria is included in the scheme and clear learning objectives are given for each lesson.