The benefits of a Creative Curriculum
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.
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.
14 May 2021
Our third Focus Day was another inspiring and exciting experience for our Prep School pupils.
13 May 2021
Pupils at Rose Hill School gathered together last Friday to bury a time capsule marking the end of what has been an extraordinary year. The capsule included items from all pupils reflecting on both the positive and negative experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. The time capsule was part of Wellness Week, an annual event in the school calendar.
05 May 2021
Science Week caused a flap of ‘eggcitement’ across Rose Hill School last week where the whole school looked at life cycles. The children welcomed two sets of chick eggs into the school and children enjoyed witnessing the miraculous journey from lifeless egg to cheeky chick.
17 November 2020
Box Hill was the location for Year 4's focus day in geography.
17 May 2019
Music is a powerful subject that is an intrinsic part of modern life.
17 May 2019
On Sunday the senior part of RHS Motorsport had their first race in the V12 Warrior on the 2.4 mile Goodwood Motor Circuit.
15 May 2019
Many of us have heard tales of children who swipe left on the cover of a book, before they think to turn the page. Modern mythology aside, the advancement of technology in homes has certainly impacted pupils’ expectations of how they should absorb and communicate information at school.
07 May 2019
In the midst of the Easter holiday, three members of RHS Motorsport attended Greenpower Ford Airfield event with the Red Devil car.