Aims for the department

“To provide robust Creative Arts & Vocational Education to Thamesview students facilitating a smooth transition to Post 16 Study, Work Place Training and beyond.”

We strongly believe in the CAVE Faculty that Creative Arts and Vocational Education should be accessible to all students irrespective of academic ability, physical ability, gender, ethnic group or social background. In light of this a variety of programmes have been designed to cater to all levels with a focus on valuable industry specific as well as transferable skills. This varied pallet includes Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Food Technology, Information Technology, Design Technology, Construction, Hair and Beauty and Child Development.

Interactive Learning

All classrooms have either interactive whiteboards and projectors or touchscreen TVs; this helps our teaching staff to engage the students with modern technology in the learning process.

Dance curriculum plan

Year Group

Curriculum overview


Years 7, 8, 9

In Key Stage 3 Dance, students focus on expanding their choreography, performance and appreciation. Students learn technique through a variety of different styles and build on their physical and performance skills.  

Year 7 and 8 – 2 lessons a fortnight.

Year 9 – 8 lessons a fortnight.

Dance kit – White/black TVS top and plain black bottoms.

Year 10

In the first year of the Btec Tech Award in Performing Arts (Dance) we focus on improving individual Physical Skills through technique classes as well as exploring the work of 3 professional practitioners. We expand our knowledge through practical application, research and reflection.


  • Michael Jackson
  • Akram Khan
  • Jerome Robbins


  • Technique Logs
  • Rehearsal Logs
  • Fact Files
  • Reflective Report

Year 11

In the second year of the course we focus on creating written materials to evidence our knowledge running up to the Christmas Break followed by executing the exam component between January and May. The exam element is a group piece devised by the students working from a brief set by the exam board.

Component One: Exploring the Performing Arts 30%

Component Two: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts 30%

Component Three: Performing to a Brief 40%


Year 12 & 13

The Btec National Diploma in Performing Arts is made up of 6 units that can be evidenced through Dance or Drama with the addition of 2 optional units focusing on your chosen pathway. The course explores both practical ad theory elements of the Performing Arts Industry prepare students either further education or the world of work whilst instilling confidence, collaborative skills and a love of learning.

Mandatory Units:

1 Investigating Practitioners’ Work

2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

3 Group Performance Workshop

4 Performing Arts in the Community

5 Individual Performance Commission

6 Final Live Performance to an Audience

Dance Units:

10 Jazz Dance Technique

12 Contemporary Dance Technique

Drama Units:

16 Writing for Performance

19 Acting Styles

Useful links

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