“The role of dance at The Roche School is twofold: to develop children’s physical, social and artistic skills, and also to support them in their learning of curriculum subjects. The trip to the Museum of London to study the Great Fire of London is an example. The children proved very knowledgeable about the facts surrounding the event when I questioned them at the start of the lesson. The result was that their movement, ideas and dancing were supported by their understanding.
In the lessons, children learn about the key components of dance: action, space, dynamic and relationship through set studies (see the Charleston clip), improvisation (see the Modern Art clip) and structured tasks (see the Ballroom clip). Their creativity and expression are encouraged through the creation of movement. Their physical and technical abilities are challenged through performing, for example with their dance piece in their year group plays. Their analytical and descriptive competence is fostered by watching each other dance and understanding the role of an audience.” Lucilla Royden – Specialist Dance Teacher.
Dance is taught in the curriculum to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 on Monday and Friday. An after-school Creative Dance Club is offered to Reception and Year 1 (Monday) and an after-school Ballet Club based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus is offered to Year 1 and Year 2 (Friday).