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.
At Hillyfield we believe that Dance can play an exciting and leading role in providing dynamic focus for the educational experience of its young people. All children are encouraged and given the freedom to find new ways of learning and expressing themselves creatively through movement and Dance.
Our Dance classes consist of technique exercises, creative time, group work, solo work and most of all fun! We follow the National Dance Teachers Association guidelines for primary school Dance, which also link to the national PE curriculum. During each topic the children will learn dance movements, create their own movement and work with others in either pairs or small groups to choreograph short dances which helps to enhance team building, sharing and collaborating ideas. Dance also helps to build self-confidence and helps children to mature emotionally by expressing thoughts and ideas in a more practical way.
Not only do we offer Dance as part of our curriculum, we offer fun specialised enrichment and after school clubs: Tap and Contemporary Jazz were some of the classes that we added to our timetable last year with Ballet and Street Dance continuing to enhance our range of specialised Dance classes this year.
We also have a range of links to the community that offer Street Dance Classes and children last year were encouraged to take part in performances and workshops and performed at Higham Hill Street festival with Young Leaders Street Dance Crew.