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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.

Art and Design

SMSC and Brtish Values with the Arts

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


Role of the subject leader:

The subject leader for the Arts (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 the arts

Dot-Art School 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. This year our theme for the Dot-Art competition is - What does Hope mean to you?