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Providing an attachment friendly community which fosters warmth with high boundaries so that all can achieve to their full potential.

Welcome to Hope School! We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. At Hope School we provide an attachment-friendly community which fosters warmth with high boundaries so that all can achieve to their full potential.
At Hope School pupils are taught an individualised curriculum which caters for their specific needs. To find out more visit our subject pages under our curriculum heading!



The Curriculum 


Art is taught in a cross-curricular approach following the National Curriculum. All pupils get the opportunity to explore different types of art and artists work, gathering research to help use as a foundation for their own creations. Pupils can explore different art forms such as portraits, painting, pottery, colleges, 3D sculptures and digital art. This allows pupils to discover this own preferences and feelings towards art, become more aware of different cultures and use their own imagination. 


Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets].

Subject content

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history

Key stage 3

Pupils should be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • to use a range of techniques and media, including painting
  • to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
  • about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day


subject coordinator: Ms A Lindsay




During the academic year, all pupils will get the chance to visit an art gallery and take part in a workshop to develop knowledge and skills. 



Dot-Art in Schools 


Each year, pupils take part in the Dot-art in schools competition, competing against other Liverpool schools and culminating in an exhibition. Pupils in Year 5 will work in class lessons to create a piece of art work on a chosen theme, giving them the opportunity to explore and use different materials. 


This year, Callum from Nu, was chosen as the winning artist from Hope School. Callum and the other participants will attend a prize giving ceremony on Thursday 21st June to receive their prizes and to view Callum's work on display. 



Dot-art Entries

The Big Draw Week 


The Big Draw is the world's largest drawing festival with the goal of promoting visual literacy and art education. This year's theme is 'PLAY' where pupils can celebrate by discovering new things, embracing happy accidents and drawing!


Pupils will be taking part in The Big Draw during October, with a week long of fun activities aimed to get pupils using their imagination and developing their drawing techniques.