One of our cores values at Hillyfield is “Developing Talent” and therefore, we work hard to ensure the children get access to a range of subjects taught to the highest standard. As part of our commitment to giving the children access to a broad and rich curriculum, we employ a range of professionals to cater to the children’s development in the Performing Arts
Ruth Caicedo, is a local musician who is our Musician-in-Residence. Ruth teachers across both sites, and this year will focusing on developing us as a singing school. All children from years 1 – 6 at Hillyfield Academy participate in a whole-school Singing Assembly every week, developing their young voices for healthy singing, enhancing musical ability and building skills in teamwork. We are a Sing Up school and are working towards our Silver Award. We were involved in the International Sing Up Day 2017 in March this year and are very excited to be taking part in Young Voices 2018 this year!
All children receive regular curriculum music lessons and we employ a full-time music teacher. Our class activities are always related to their topic of the term, integrating musical learning into the school day, and adding another creative element to their topic learning. Musical learning includes performance, composition and aural based activities, targeting key musical elements throughout the academic year, and giving children the freedom to express themselves creatively, whilst developing knowledge and skills using instruments and voices.
Children are encouraged to bring instrumental skills they already have to their class music lessons, and those who do not currently learn an instrument are given the opportunity to develop skills using a range of instruments available in the classroom, helping advance independent learning.
We also pride ourselves on offering tuition in many orchestral and non-orchestral instruments. We have our very own team of specialist peripatetic musicians that provide high quality individual and group tuition, leading to affiliated examinations in Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity Guildhall exam boards. There are also opportunities for learners to perform on their instruments in special concerts and assemblies. For more information on learning an instrument please see contact the school office.
Please check our ‘upcoming events’ page for future performance details.
As well as specialist teaching in music, art, ICT and P.E. at Hillyfield we also have a full-time Dance teacher. Throughout the year, all children from across the school will have the opportunity to take part in Dance lessons of the highest quality.