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The Arts Curriculum - Art & Design, Music, Dance and Drama)

At Rosehill School, we recognise the importance that creative arts have in the life of all pupils. We combine the subjects of Art, Music, Dance, Movement and Drama to form a comprehensive and exciting approach to developing all pupils’ creativity that builds on their strengths and interests.


Our purpose built facilities and resources in the central school include a large, multi-purpose Art Studio and a newly developed Movement and Dance studio with mirrored walls. In the Primary and Middle School, the classroom teachers deliver Creative Arts whereas in the Upper School, subject specialists in Art, Drama, and Music teach students. Creative Arts takes on a very multi-sensory approach, particularly for pupils with either sensory impairments.




In music, students develop their skills in composing, performing and listening. They are taught using a range techniques and resources including the use of interactive whiteboards, circle time music making with the Sing Up School Choir.


Art & Design


In Art, pupils experience working with a wide range of different mediums such as clay, plaster, print, fabric, paper, glue, pastels and paint. They can study and learn about the work of specific artists and explore 2D and 3D work. We welcome many visiting artists to the school who work with the pupils and teachers in developing themes.


Dance & Drama


Through Drama, students with complex difficulties develop their skills in participating; working specifically on interactions with others. All students are given the opportunity to be part of a dramatic process that involves them exploring, creating, feeling, thinking, communicating, playing, moving and sensing. All lessons are based around Key Stage topics, which change each term.


Annually, each year put on a production which includes art, music and drama. The 6th Form hold an annual leavers party, where 6th form students have the opportunity to party.


We also offer an Arts Award qualification at Bronze (equivalent to a D to G at GCSE). This qualification allows pupils to explore the Arts, develop important life skills and gives them an opportunity to achieve a meaningful qualification at the end of the course. The Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents – its CREATIVE, VALUABLE & ACCESSIBLE. To find out more about the Arts Award, click here


There are many opportunities for students to immerse themselves in Creative Arts outside the classroom with regular Enrichment Art clubs and school plays, as well as some students taking part in Crocus Fields Art Projects and Our Whole School Garcia Project.

Handmade Theatre Project

Christmas Card Competition Project

One of our recent projects is designing a stamp for a national competition

For further information about The Arts Curriculum please contact our Acting Arts Lead Katie Paling: K.Paling@rosehill.nottingham.sch.uk