the arts


The arts underpin the whole school curriculum. We are committed to the arts for all children and we work closely with many schools and arts organisations (including Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Rep and The Ikon Gallery). As a result of this, we are an Arts Hub school working closely with Arts Connect. We very recently were in a pilot for the new Artsmark and were awarded Platinum level.

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Peter and the Firebird

visual arts
dynamically visual

Sometimes a career path
is actually a runway.

national theatre 2019

Quest for Arthur

Photos from our performance
during our
Let's Play Project

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Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018

at the MAC

Photos from our performance
at the
Shakespeare Schools Festival

Our school community project

China in all it's glory

Thank you to you all for your efforts and donations of time and resources, the children are so proud.

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Visual arts is split up into; drawing, painting, printing, collage, 3D form and sculpture and photography. The children have the opportunity to learn new skills and master existing skills in more depth. Regular visits from artists and to galleries ensure that our children develop a love and appreciation for visual art. In addition, there are a wide range of arts opportunities available for the children out of school. We offer Arts Award to the Year 6 children and have a number of trained staff who deliver this.

Art Policy
Art Coverage
Art Action Plan
Art Coverage Ideas
Art Progression of Skills


Performing arts includes music, dance and drama. Music is a lifeblood of Hillstone and anytime of the day you will hear music echoing through the school whether it is children or staff! Music is great fun and it helps makes the school a happy place for the children but it also has a wide range of advantages which help with their overall learning from developing concentration, maths skills or rhythm work in language. All children receive music, dance and drama as a key part of the curriculum. There are regular lessons in each of the performing arts and many opportunities to perform at assemblies, class and year group plays and our Christmas performances. Additionally, there are numerous clubs, open to all children, that help them to develop their performing art skills. On many occasions, this results in the children performing in the community at different events.

Music Policy

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During the last two weeks, Year 5 have embarked on a very ambitious art project to turn the Year 5 / Year 6 corridor into a Chinese temple. Given the age of the children involved in this project, the logistical challenges and the complex nature of the techniques involved, we are thrilled at the outcome. For all the  many supporting staff and adults / volunteers thank you to you all.

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