Expressive Arts

Imagination and Creativity helps you to discover who you are.

Expressive Arts is embedded throughout the ethos of our school. At Parkside, we believe that nurturing a pupil’s imagination and creativity helps them to discover who they are and develops their confidence, social skills and resilience. Active involvement in both collaborative and independent learning through creative activities and performances across the curriculum helps pupils to engage in the Arts, develop their character and keep themselves mentally healthy.

We strive to develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values, identities and ideas by connecting with young people’s experiences. For those who have a deep passion for Expressive Arts, we aim to prepare for advanced learning and future careers by building foundations for excellence in the Expressive Arts.

There are many opportunities here at Parkside to experience enjoyment in the Expressive Arts and contribute to other people’s enjoyment through creative and expressive performance and presentation. This may look like performing in shows, meeting and working with professionals, joining and participating in after-school clubs which will help pupils grow as performers and as learners.

We aim to provide meaningful, enriching experiences, which will last a lifetime through partnerships with professional performers, artists and other creative adults. Whatever it is you enjoy doing or creating, we aim to provide opportunity for you to showcase it and to be expressive.

Previous events include:

  • Drama club
  • Year 5 Production
  • Talent Showcase
  • Performance opportunities in assemblies
  • Young Voices at Resorts World Arena
  • Young Voices, New Visions – Severn Arts project at Worcester Cathedral
  • Birmingham Museum Trip
  • Christmas Pantomime
  • Performances from professional drama groups and other artists
  • Inspiration Days
  • Musical showcases for parents

Music From The Movies Concert

On the 18th April, the music department hosted their first ‘Music from the Movies’ Concert and it was an enormous success.   

The afternoon was off to lively start when the KS3 singers performed a version of ‘Mamma Mia’. This was followed by self-led guitar, keyboard and drum ensembles playing a medley of famous film themes. There were several memorable vocal performances, including ‘Skyfall’, ‘Remember me’ with Ukulele accompaniment and ‘Cups’ which then led into a beautifully tranquil violin performance of ‘The Legend of Ashitaka’. 

The Ukulele group performed a lovely arrangement of ‘Lava’ before the audience were treated to an energetic self-choreographed dance, by two of our choir members, along to the track of ‘Footloose’.  

The penultimate toe-tapping classic ‘Eye of the Tiger’ was stylishly performed by two Year 8 musicians on electric guitar and drums, along with Mrs Williams on piano before rounding off the concert with all singers coming together to perform a medley from ‘The Greatest Showman’. 

The overall standard of performances was fantastic, and Mrs Williams and Miss Gilyead could not have been prouder. We look forward to welcoming you back for our end of year ‘Summer Spectacular’ Concert! 

Music from the movies.

Young Voices 2024


On 22nd January we had the absolute pleasure of taking 40 children from all year groups to Resorts World Arena to perform as part of the 6,600 strong Young Voices Choir.

The day was a huge success and all the children enjoyed themselves, they really sang their hearts out! We would like to give them all a huge well done, as they represented Parkside brilliantly and made us so proud!

Year 5 Christmas Show 2023

Year 5 Christmas Show
Year 5 filled the hall with festive cheer on two evening performances of the Christmas Show.  During our Thrive sessions, year 5 pupils have worked hard to apply our Parkside Values whilst learning a new skill. Their performances were magical; filled with songs, sign language and a fabulous rendition of 'Jingle Bells' performed entirely in Polish.

The show concluded with audience participation, singing along to the 12 days of Christmas.  Thank you to parents and carers for their support and a well done to all the pupils for their hard work throughout.

Year 5 Pantomime Visit 2023

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Year 5 were treated with a panto trip to the Bromsgrove Baptist Church in early January to watch 'Rapunzel'. It was a great show and they all enjoyed it. They represented the school incredibly well with good conduct on the walk there and back and during the performance. 

End of Year Talent Show 2022


Disney Theatre Workshop


A group of Year 5's took part in a virtual workshop where they learnt a dance, song and acting tips from Disney Theatre professionals! They did a super job in just half an hour and had lots of fun.