Creativity Collaboratives

Primary Education  


Billesley Primary
Chandos Primary
Croft Primary
George Betts
Kings Rise
Shirestone Primary
Shireland Hall Primary
Tiverton Primary
Woods Bank Primary

As part of Arts Council England’s Creativity Collaboratives programme we are working with nine primary schools from the Elliot Foundation across the Midlands, to explore how schools can use creativity and artistic collaborations to enable children to flourish. Below are details about the projects we have been working on …

Billesley Primary School

No Such Thing As A Civil War

Prompted by the death of Elizabeth II and coronation of Charles III a cast of almost ninety ten and eleven year olds took their audience back in time to the death of Elizabeth I and through English / Scottish / Irish / Welsh / European / Religious politics to the crowning of Charles II. This project has it’s own webpage

Tiverton Primary School


As part of their work on learning about the history of exploration, with artist Jack Trow, the children learned about different explorers across time, planned their own adventures, made maps of the local area, walked and made dens in the hills, created their own geo-caches and sent a water powered rocket into the sky.

Chandos Primary

Imagine if …

A project to encourage children to use their imagination and be spontaneous. Each week the children were offered an envelope to open within which was a prompt – ranging from, ‘there’s a tiger wandering around school’ to ‘a hole appeared in the playground’. These prompts were then explored through drama, art, movement and music. The project culminated in a sharing of some of the work produced.

George Betts Primary

Birmingham Blitz

A project learning about some of the causes of World War 2; why certain cities, including Birmingham, were bombed; why the war turned against Germany and the long-term impact of the war on the UK and the wider world … all culminating in a performance in school. More details about this project can be found HERE

George Betts Primary

Ancient Greece

Year 4 working with Carys Jones used a range of different activities to learn all about Ancient Greece. At the culmination of the project, they created a marketplace in the school hall to share their knowledge with other year groups. They were able to talk confidently about everything from democracy to medicine, sport to archaeology.

Shireland Hall Primary

Daily Greens TV

Year 4 created their own TV news programme, learning skills including presenting, interviewing, script writing, camera work and sound. Each week a class filmed events in and around school and then on Tuesday collated and edited their material to create a ten minute news show, ‘The Daily Greens’ hosted by 2 new budding TV presenters each week. The programme was then watched across the school on Friday.

Billesley Primary

Welcome to the U.K.

Image showing the backs of childrens' heads looking at a landscape of hills and river created using fabric

This was a project with Year 1 based on the school’s existing ‘Welcome to the UK’ curriculum element. One of the aims was to experiment with moving away from writing in topic books by making both learning and evidencing more active and immersive. Each week the children visited different parts of the UK using different methods of transport. Sessions involved music, drama, storytelling and art activities. The ‘journies’ were filmed and photographed, evidence which could then be seen by activating QR codes attached to specially created UK maps.

City Adventure Day

As part of our introduction to the teachers we are working with, we created a City Adventure Day around the streets of Walsall. Not knowing what to expect and armed with only a map and camera, the teachers were sent to various locations and venues to take part in activities ranging from needlecraft to stop frame animation, whilst all the time recording their adventures on camera. You can learn more about our City Adventure Days HERE

Scalextric Racing Days

For our first visit to the schools we are working with we hold scalextric races in the school hall. These are obviously lots of fun but also encourage the children to practice a range of skills including speaking and listening, team work, report writing and, of course, racing. In the space of 90 minutes the children all have a go at being commentators, race marshals, journalists, time keepers and racers. More about bigger versions of this project can be found HERE