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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.


SMSC and British Values with the Arts

The Curriculum 

Why we teach Music

Music is taught in a cross-curricular approach following the National Curriculum 2014.

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. 



The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

·perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

·learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

·understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations


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.


Subject content

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

· use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

· play tuned and untuned instruments musically

· listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

· experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music


Key stage 2

Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

Pupils should be taught to:

· play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

· improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music

· listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

· use and understand staff and other musical notations

· appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians

· develop an understanding of the history of music


Key stage 3

Pupils should build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. They should develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness, and understand musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the expressive use of musical dimensions. They should listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as musicians. They should use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of musical contexts and styles.

Pupils should be taught to:

· play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression

· improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions

· use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions

· identify and use the interrelated dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices

· listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians

· develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history


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


DaDa Fest SEND Champion 


Hope School are working with DaDa Fest to provide 4 Year7/8 pupils the opportunity to receive 1:1 music tuition through their SEND Champion program. 


DaDa is an innovative arts organisation based in Liverpool, delivering Festivals and other arts events to promote high quality disability, Deaf and neurodiverse arts from unique cultural perspectives. DaDa also produces opportunities for disabled, Deaf and neurodiverse people to access the arts. 


Pop Arts 


Hope School are currently working with Pop Arts, an organisation funded by Barnado's and supported by Children in Need. Pop Arts provide one to one creative sessions, where young people can work with a music producer to create their own pieces of music. They will meet weekly, usually over the course of ten weeks. Progress is documented, recorded and uploaded to a private, secure blog. We encourage participants, as well as their parents/carers and keyworkers to engage with this blog.