The Arts

This is part of the curriculum that gives pupils the opportunities to be creative and imaginative, to experience inspiration and enjoyment and to develop skills in Art and Design, Dance, Drama and Music. These are interconnected and delivered within Core and Understanding the World Cornerstones Curriculum. This again allows pre and semi formal learners to make connections and links within their learning so that it is meaningful and relevant. Pupils at Rowan High and the Formal Learners at Rowan Park again have discrete lessons (Art and Design, Performing Arts and Music) and clubs (Drama, Music) within their Expressive Arts Curriculum and will learn more in-depth knowledge and skills within their learning projects at a Primary level, which our Cornerstones curriculum allows them to do. 

Pupils on all sites have the opportunities to join Choir and take part in Concerts and Performances throughout the year.  This also gives pupils social opportunities as well as develop confidence and pride, responsibility and to feel part of a group. We also have links with local Art centres such as the Atkinson in Southport. 

Pupils will learn about an Artist of the Month and this is linked to key and relevant learning within that half term or a key world event.  

Mental Health & Well-being

At Rowan Park Teaching School, we recognise that positive mental health and wellbeing are essential to the development of thriving and successful pupils. We aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. It is therefore vital to our aims as a School that we provide high quality mental health and wellbeing support. 

We aim to ensure that our school: 

  • Reduces the stigma attached to mental health issues and promotes positive wellbeing in all pupils. 
  • Provides a secure and safe environment that encourages trust and openness. 
  • Responds effectively to concerns about pupils’ mental health. 
  • Embeds the skills pupils need to make good decisions about their own mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Offers comprehensive pastoral and medical support that is accessible to all pupils. 

We aim to develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and to be a school where: 

  • All children are valued. 
  • Children feel able to talk openly with trusted adults about their problems without feeling any stigma. 
  • Positive mental health is promoted and valued. 
  • In addition to children’s wellbeing, we recognise the importance of promoting staff mental health and wellbeing. 

The school adopts school-wide Principles for Teaching and Learning Mental Health and Wellbeing, these whole-school principals are complementary to the age and ability and differentiated Scheme of Learning. 

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