Dance and Ballet
Reception children are taught dance once a week. 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 instruction and remember steps. In Years 1 and 2, boys and girls have the option to continue with dance in the more formal setting of a ballet class. These more structured classes increase students' physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression and musicality using a range of movements and musical styles. Children are prepared well 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 students 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.