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.
13 March 2020
On Wednesday 11 March the Reception children went on a visit to the nature trail at Coolings Garden Centre in Knockholt. There was great excitement, even before we boarded the minibus in our salopettes, coats and wellies.
12 March 2020
Whilst the heavy rain did make the trip via Alfriston village a little tricky it also served to highlight the spectacular meanders and creeks of the River Cuckmere’s floodplain in the Spring sunshine and allow the ‘New Cut’ to be in full spate and speed along to the sea at low tide. As it did so the fast-flowing water actively undercut and eroded the shingle beach causing mini land or ‘shingle’ slides before our very eyes.
26 February 2020
The Art Department is delighted to congratulate Henry on receiving an Art Scholarship to Tonbridge School.
24 February 2020
Robert Baden-Powell would have turned 163 on 22 February this year and Rose Hill School pupils celebrate his birthday every year.
28 February 2019
The U11 Netball team went along to the IAPS tournament held at Kent College.
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.
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.
08 February 2019
On the 1st of February Year 6 went on a trip to the Amex Stadium.