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.
Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel. It breaks down communication barriers for those pupils who do not communicate verbally or easily. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection, and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps our pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.
At Rosehill, we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up their confidence. We teach our students to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we support them in maintaining their concentration for longer and in listening to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent moods and feelings. Music encourages young people in becoming more confident in performing in front of an audience and taking part in events. It can also help in developing skills in playing musical instruments and exploring sound sources.
Through music, we teach skills in; Recognising pulse and pitch, Following rhythm, Musical notation, duration and how to compose music, following high and low pitch and fast and slow Tempo.
Every year, we put on a number of performances - one at the end of the Christmas term and some classes present topic related productions during the year. All the children have the chance to participate. We use a combination of music, dance, and drama. We have a school hall for such events and the staff and children make all the backdrops.
At Rosehill School we also have a fantastic School Choir who practice regularly and perform at most events and assemblies. This year, the choir has set up two choir groups:
- Primary and Middle School Pupils (KS1-3)- Rosehill Songbirds
- Upper School Pupils (KS3-5) - Rosehill Harmonies
For further information regarding our music curriculum, please contact Sharon Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
Art & Design
At Rosehill School, the Arts are a powerful and very individual communication tool for our pupils. Through artistic media, pupils express their understanding of the world around them and their own internal world. Individual responses and diversity are celebrated, as there is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to create a piece of work. Pupils can gain confidence and a feeling of self-worth. A child's work, be it a drawing or a junk model stands as a unique form of communication. For some pupils, sensory exploration and development will be the most important criteria.
At Rosehill, art is taught in a cross-curricular way to make the lessons meaningful to the children. They learn about the topics by exploring their senses and presenting what it means to them creatively. Art in the Heart is another art experience which is used to introduce topics or when there is a special day i.e. Cultural Diversity Day.
Every year, the pupils, classes and the whole school take part in arts projects. These projects include internal school projects, also local competitions, and art programs. These projects are a way for pupils to participate in different experiences through local exhibitions and working with artists. The work, which is created through these different projects, are displayed around the school, which gives the pupils a sense of pride. During school performance, pupils will help to create props and scenery.
Within our art studio, we have created an environment where the pupils feel inspired and excited to explore and develop a range of new art skills. They work using a range of media including clay, plaster and mosaics. In using stimuli creatively, we have enhanced many areas of the curriculum. Artwork is regularly displayed throughout the school and has become an important element of our natural environment. We are currently working towards the ArtsMark Award.
for further information regarding our Art Curriculum, please contact Katie Stevenson K.Stevenson@rosehill.nottingham.sch.uk
Dance & Drama
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.
For further information regarding our Dance and Drama Curriculum, please contact Jessica Harding J.Harding@rosehill.nottingham.sch.uk