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Learning by Experience - how we use the Creative Curriculum at Rose Hill

A creative curriculum is one that incorporates big ideas, varied and engaging activities, and a sense of continuity as a way to stimulate students, teachers, and even families. An effective creative curriculum enables both teacher and pupils to make powerful links with the world in which they live in a meaningful way. The activities should be challenging but achievable, thought provoking and rewarding. It is important that children can see and then use their learning for a purpose, making education more than just a series of isolated, unitary experiences.

Founded by educationalist Diana Trister Dodge over 30 years ago, the Creative Curriculum has helped teachers and early years educators to plan and put in place content rich, developmentally appropriate programmes that supports early learning promoting children’s progress in the process. Further it helps teachers to understand what they need to put in place to create daily routines and meaningful experiences that respond to a child’s strengths, interests and needs.

The Creative Curriculum is something we are passionate about at Rose Hill School. We are very lucky to enjoy 15 acres of glorious outdoor space, including our own woodland area and we seize every opportunity to take the learning outdoors. Being flexible in our approach is one of the great joys of the independent sector as we have freedom from the constraints of the National Curriculum, and the opportunities this affords us are immeasurable.

The Creative Curriculum allows us to develop children’s imaginations by providing exciting stimulus and then allowing children to explore themselves. It is so exciting for the adults to share and celebrate the children’s ideas and enthusiasm, and with guidance, children are able to make tremendous progress. While the Creative Curriculum is used primarily in the Pre-Prep bringing lessons to life and fresh enthusiasm to a topic is just as relevant to our youngest children as it is to our oldest.

Whether real or imaginary, we feel that it is only through actual experience that a child can learn to truly empathise with the lives and feelings of others – the more creative we can be with our teaching, the more able we are to offer an overall whole learning experience. From a drama workshop helping to understand life in the trenches of the First World War to visiting the school bank and opening their own account to start saving, we are able to provide a growing experience rather than just an observing, non-participatory education. This is further supported by a vast range of co-curricular visits on offer to all the children, this year the children have already visited Iceland as part of their Geography studies.

Concentration and determination levels in lessons are high and children can remain on task for extended periods because they can see the worth of an activity – time flies when you are having fun and learning becomes embedded and retained because children are more involved in the overall package from planning ideas to homework completion.

In support of the Creative Curriculum we use our five keys to success: Resilience; Perseverance; Persistence; Confidence; and being able to Get Along. Our youngest children meet the characters Robert Resilience, Peter Persistence, Penny Perseverance, Connie Confidence and Greta Get Along to help them understand these challenging but vital traits while the older children develop further awareness and self-knowledge. The encompassing atmosphere of Integrity pervades all that we offer and expect from our pupils.

At Rose Hill School we have the flexibility to spend additional time focusing on subjects that stir our pupils’ imagination, the facilities to take learning into new spaces and the talent to make our curriculum as creative as possible. We have found that children will go wherever their interest take them, once we have inspired them there is no stopping them!

There are obviously many moments when the curriculum and the needs of the academic hurdle may take precedent however, it is the manner and design of the delivery that ensures that children enjoy their learning as they are contributing to the overall progress of the class and ultimately themselves.

Year 7 art trip to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne

14 November 2019

On Thursday, 9 November Year 7 went on an Art trip to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. After a bus journey to Eastbourne College we had a delicious lunch in their canteen. We then walked a short distance to the Towner Gallery which is located right next to the College. It wasn’t hard to miss as there was an amazing mural painted on the side of the building, in all sorts of shapes and colours, celebrating the Towner’s 10th Anniversary.

Rose Hill School Sports Tour to Holland

11 November 2019

During the half-term break 45 Rose Hill School pupils and staff travelled to Eindhoven in Holland as part of the school’s Sports tour. During the trip the boys were lucky enough to train with Dutch Giants PSV Eindhoven, whilst the girls trained with the Dutch National Hockey Champions Oranje-Rood.

Rose Hill School 11+ success

08 November 2019

Rose Hill School pupils were celebrating yesterday following a very successful year of 11+ results with nearly 90% of children passing the Kent Test. The pass rate has risen from 72% in 2018 to 88% in 2019 a significant increase under the new leadership of Head, Emma Neville and Deputy Head, Philippa Lang-Daly.

Rose Hill School HSBC SchoolBank

08 November 2019

Rose Hill School launched their HSBC SchoolBank in September 2018.

U11 team meet England netball star

28 February 2019

The U11 Netball team went along to the IAPS tournament held at Kent College.

Baden Powell's Birthday!

22 February 2019

Robert Baden-Powell would be turning 162 today and Rose Hill School pupils celebrate his birthday every year with ice cream and cookies for pudding.

STEM Club Fly to the Line national competition.

11 February 2019

Thursday saw three very excited Y5 pupils heading off to Gatwick Aviation Museum to represent Rose Hill School in the Regional Finals for the Fly to the Line competition.

Year 6 visit the Amex Stadium

08 February 2019

On the 1st of February Year 6 went on a trip to the Amex Stadium.

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