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Physical Education (Including Dance & Movement)

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At Rosehill School, we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to our student’s physical and emotional development and health. The physical education curriculum aims to increase student’s self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations.


The PE curriculum aims to:


  • To provide opportunities for vigorous exercise and the development of core physical skills throughout the school week
  • To acknowledge the importance of early developmental skills of fine and gross motor skills, agility, balance and coordination, which are the foundation stones for all other learning
  • To create challenging and engaging activities, appropriate to each pupils’ individual needs and abilities
  • To develop a sense of fun, and talent spot individuals
  • To foster an enjoyment, and promote positive attitudes towards an active and healthy lifestyle, fitness, health and hygiene
  • To develop increased confidence and competence in a wide range of activities
  • To foster an appreciation of physical exercise and movement activities to increase wellbeing and participation
  • To maximise on pupil’s individual abilities and self-esteem, and to promote working in pairs and teams
  • To develop an ability to adapt and apply knowledge, practical skills and concepts in a variety of movement-based activities
  • To develop communication skills, to promote effective co-operation and to communicate positively towards others
  • To promote independence and safety in different areas of the school
  • To teach pupils to plan and evaluate their actions and performance
  • To give our pupils the opportunity to try new activities, develop new skills and grow in confidence through an outdoor education programme
  • For our post-14 students, to extend and enhance leisure and recreational opportunities within and beyond the school setting
  • To follow the Olympic and Paralympic legacy by continuing to follow the values and ethos throughout the school and maintaining a knowledge of our country’s sportsmen and women, including major sporting events.




The Physical Education Programme at Rosehill, includes but is not limited to, weekly PE lessons, morning running time, KS2 swimming, rebound therapy, music and movement, gymnastics, sensory circuits and classroom/dept-based activities such as Activate and Wake & Shake. All pupils are able to be involved in PE and can succeed at their own ability level, enabling them to progress in gross motor skills, which support many required to develop skills for adulthood. In addition, we aim to develop an enjoyment of activities, which will lead to improved lifelong health and self-confidence as well as social interaction.


Rebound Therapy has developed into a very popular lesson. Used as part of PE lessons as well as forming an important part of the day for those pupils on an individual timetable, Rebound Therapy (using the trampoline) is an extremely motivating activity. Its strengths are many; It is used to facilitate communication, movement and coordination skills, promote balance, increase or decrease muscle tone, promote sensory integration, and improve fitness levels. It is beneficial for all abilities from those who prefer to be seated when practising skills to those who can aspire to different types of jumps and routines.

    PE Long-Term Plans

    Introduction to Dance and Movement


    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 sensory impairments.




    We encourage our pupils to express themselves and their individuality. Dance and drama gives our pupils the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their creative talents. As with all arts, dance and drama involves imagination and feeling, and helps pupils make sense of the world. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop children’s social interaction skills and understanding.


    Movement to music can be a very creative, stimulating and enjoyable activity for many pupils, and is often an opportunity to work with pupils of different ages. Enthusiasm is driven by the different types of music and often an outside focus such as pompoms, ribbons, flags, scarves, etc. It focuses on developing spatial awareness in the room and around others, as well as body awareness and the basic gross motor skills and coordination. Pupils engage in interaction with others and develop their self-esteem as they learn routines and initiate improvisations. Pupils also develop their auditory processing skills, attention span, and rhythm throughout consistent lessons.




    We integrate movement and dance into our topic approach. It is integrated through both the PE and arts curriculum.


    Dance and movement is an opportunity to express yourself, stimulating creativity and imagination. It has been an important element of many communication sessions within our MILE.


    At Rosehill, drama can be used at every level of development to promote self-awareness and social skills in a child with autism. Drama is suitable for all pupils using role-play, storytelling, and improvisation to encourage language, communication, and social interaction. With its focus on ‘Life as Art’, drama provides a way of presenting life experiences in small digestible chunks in which a child with autism can more easily engage.

    Further Information and Evidence of Impact

    For further information about our PE Curriculum, please contact:

    Sports Coach - Emma White E.White@rosehill.nottingham.sch.uk

    For further information regarding our Dance and Movement Curriculum, please contact:

    Colette Shell C.Shell@rosehill.nottingham.sch.uk

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