Dance and Ballet
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children are taught dance once a week. In Reception dance is introduced using choreographed movement and physical exercise, with classes aiming to enhance children's natural creativity and develop their self-confidence. There is a strong emphasis on creativity and imagination. Children develop balance and coordination, as well as the ability to follow instructions and remember steps. In Years 1 & 2 the classes are more structured. The lessons increase pupils' physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression and musicality using a range of movements and musical styles. Children are well prepared for a successful transition to ballet and other dance genres at higher levels.
Ballet is also a popular extracurricular activity where teaching is based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. The aim is to encourage, motivate and reward pupils of all ages and abilities, with a progressive structure for learning and achievement in dance. Children taking these classes have the opportunity to partake in examinations and appear in a biennial performance.