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Dot Art Competition 


Each year, Hope School participates in the annual Dot-Art Schools competition with many other schools across Merseyside. Through the competition, Year 5 pupils are able to explore and experience many different forms of art and begin to develop their own artist style of work.


Check out this year artwork and competition winners below. 

This year's Dot Art competition winner - Kieran

Art and Design 


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 Aims of art


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



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

Role of the subject leader


The subject leader for Art (Ms Ashleigh Lindsay) is responsible for improving the standards of teaching and learning in the arts subjects.


This is done in the following ways:

  • tracking pupil progress in the arts subjects; art, music and dance
  • monitoring of school environment through completion of learning walks
  • monitoring teaching and learning through observing lessons
  • monitoring teaching and learning by completing scrutiny of books and work produced.
  • delivery of staff meetings and CPD of teaching and learning strategies for teaching staff and LSAs
  • purchasing, organising and auditing of resources
  • making links with arts and cultural organisations
  • organising whole school arts and culture days
  • keeping up to date with the arts in the curriculum and media
  • supporting the teaching of art