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Arts Faculty

Hello, my name is Julie Holmes and I am the Arts Faculty Leader at Emmaus.

Our Vision

We believe that Art, craft, design and music express some of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality Art, design and music 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, design and music. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art, design and music. They should also know how it reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Arts Policy 2018



Our Music Celebration was fantastic. All Key Stage One and Key Stage Two children performed a piece of music learnt from their music lessons to their peers. The children were able to discuss what musical skills they had learnt and the progression of musical skills from year one to year six was celebrated. Well done to all of our musicians.

Music Celebration

Art displays inspired by our home city and artist Andy Colhart

Here are some photographs of our completed artwork from year one to year six. The children were all inspired by our visiting artist and worked progressively with the skills of their year group. They produced fantastic pieces of art. Well done Emmaus children!

Liverpool displays

Andy Colhart who is a professional artist visited our school today for Arts day. He worked with children in Year 1 through to Year 5. The children produced some fantastic artwork linked to Liverpool's culture and this artwork will shortly be displayed in our school corridors. The children learnt many skills from our artist and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Here are some photographs of today.

Arts Day

A great big thanks to all children who entered our Easter Art Competition. Our Class Art Councillors found it very difficult to choose a winner as the children's work was so creative. After a long discussion in each class with their class teacher they finally chose. Look at our Easter Arts competition work.

 Emmaus school took part in some lovely art work to create poppies for our Remembrance Service. I'm sure you'd agree that our Remembrance display in our foyer is very creative and a lovely way for the children to remember all the people that lost their lives during the war.

Year One's Art 

Year One produced some lovely pieces of art work in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. Here are some photographs of their work using natural objects from Croxteth Park.

Merseyside's Police Orchestra 

Merseyside's Police Orchestra visited Emmaus and performed a fantastic concert to the whole school. They played many popular tracks from Disney films and other films. The children thoroughly enjoyed the performance and learnt a lot about all the instruments that make up the orchestra. We would like to thank Merseyside's Police Orchestra for their fantastic performance.

Children from Emmaus really enjoyed the School Music Roadshow. Many children got to trial a variety of musical instruments to decide which instrument they would like to play. If you were unable to attend the roadshow and would like your child to attend music lessons a brochure can be picked up from the school's office which includes full details of contacts and other useful information.

School Music Service Roadshow 2018

On Wednesday 19th September Liverpool's School Music Service Roadshow will take place in the school hall from 5pm. Key Stage 2 children will have the opportunity to try out the instruments on offer and find out valuable information about music lessons in school. 

Music Celebration Summer 2018

The whole school performed music to their fellow classmates and their arts councillor fed back to Mrs Holmes in our arts council meeting.

I was very impressed with their feedback. Councillors from year two commented on how they used their voices and hands to make a beat. Year 3 councillors enjoyed performing disco style music and focussed on rhythm and pulse. The children used glockenspiels, drums, triangles, beaters and cymbols. Children from Year 4 enjoyed rap music and looked at rhythm, pulse, chorus and verse. The children performed their own verse to their fellow classes. The Arts councillors agreed that they really enjoyed performing to each other and evaluating their musical work. Well done everybody!

Here are the successful winners of our Royal Wedding Art Competition. It was very difficult to choose a winning picture from each class but I'm sure you'll agree that these pictures are amazing. What talented artists we have at Emmaus!

Royal Wedding Arts Competition

Easter Arts Competition

A big well done to all children who took part in our Easter Arts Competition. The standard of Art work was very impressive and it was lovely to see such beautiful creations. Both the Arts Councillors and Class Teachers found it very difficult to judge. After a lot of discussion, here are the winners for each class.

RG- Lauryn Kennedy

RK- Leighton Jackson

1H- Julia Hasarova

1W- Logan Inskip

2M- Scarlett Boggan

2D- Josh Brannigan

3E- Ava Attwood

3CB- Emily Bradshaw

4H- Adam Sibbring

4W- Lucy Roberts

5C- Freya McCall

5M- Imogen Tracy

6J- Grace Mitchell

6D- Amy Lin

Easter Arts Competition

Mike Ammatt Christmas Show

Mike Ammatt entertained the whole school with his fantastic Christmas show. The children joined in singing many Christmas songs adding new lyrics and were shown how to draw pictures of Santa using art techniques. The children thoroughly enjoyed the show.

Reception's visit to the Aladdin Pantomine at the Echo Convention Centre

Reception children enjoyed a trip to watch the pantomine of Aladdin. Both the staff and the children really enjoyed this performance.

Coverdale Puppets

Coverdale puppets retold the Christmas Story with a twist using his wide variety of puppets. The children really enjoyed the show.

Key Stage 2 Christmas Perfomance

The Junior children peformed a brilliant Christmas production this year about a homeless family and the true spirit of Christmas. Thank you for your food donations also for the homeless.

Year 3 enjoyed a fantastic trip to St John Bosco School to watch their pupils perform 'It's a Hard Knock Life' and on Tuesday 19th December our reception classes are visiting the Echo Arena to watch their Aladdin pantomine.
During Book Week all Emmaus children enjoyed a theatre production of 'Wind in the Willows.' The children were memorised by the acting and singing in this performance.

Schools Music Service Roadshow

The schools music service roadshow will take place on  Thursday 14th September 2017 at 5.00pm in the school hall for key stage 2 children. Children may accompany  their parents and after the roadshow they will have the opportunity to handle the instruments with the music teachers.


On Monday 26th June there will be an Art Exhibition of your Child's work to be held in our school hall. All masterpieces will be framed and catalogued. The price of your child's artwork is £7.00 and helps to develop the children's understanding of the value of art in our lives whilst raising funds for the school. Below are some examples of the children's artwork from Year Six. Further details of the exhibition will be sent out in a letter with your child.
Year One to Year Six had a training session from Artist Eimear Kavanagh. Eimear visited each class and taught the children skills in drawing and shading using a range of mediums. The children's work was amazing as they used real life stimuli to draw their mini-beasts. The progression of skills in drawing was evident to see from Year One to Year Six. Staff are currently in the process of displaying your children's work in our school corridor. What fantastic artists we have at Emmaus.
Recorder Club commences Friday 17th March for 3H. 3E's classes will commence after Easter.

A reminder that music lessons will commence from the week commencing Monday 9th January. Please ensure that your child's instrument is in school.

Winter Arts Winner

A big well done to our Year Four pupil who recently won the Winter's Arts competition to design a Christmas card cover for MEP Theresa Griffin. Her design will be used on this year's Christmas cards sent by MEP Theresa Griffin. A big thank you to all children who entered. All of the designs were very impressive. Well done!

Key Stage Two Arts Councillors visit to Christopher Grange


The  Arts Councillors enjoyed their visit to Christopher Grange Care Home. They participated in many art activities alongside people who were visually impaired. The children particularly enjoyed making a Christmas card using German paper which allowed their design to be raised. They also painted using acrylic paints on canvas and looked at how to write using Braille. The children really enjoyed their visit and were keen to feedback to their peers in class. A big thank you to Christopher Grange for their hospitality.

Ex Status Quo Drummer Jeff RIch visited our school today. He taught the children the history of drums. Several children were chosen from each year group to play drums and at the end of the session all Key Stage One and Two children were able to play a percussion instrument alongside this famous drummer.

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A big thank you to all children in 5C. Your snowflake chains will adorn the Church Street Christmas Tree from 1st December- 3rd January. Open Culture and the Liverpool BID Company have invited all children in 5C and their families to the Church Street Christmas Tree light's switch on and the unveiling of the giant chain which 5C have helped to create. Snowflake Trail maps will be available to find sculptural snowflakes and see local landmarks transformed by dazzling lights, swirling soundscapes and interactive illustrations. This should be a fantastic event. Well done 5C. Please take some photographs to share in school.
A big thank you to our Arts Councillors for helping to organise our Winter Arts Competition. All of the entries have now been sent off and we await in anticipation to hear. Here are some examples of the children's art work. Also a big thank you to all the children who took part in the competition.
Meet our Arts Councillors. Our Arts Councillors help to improve the arts at our school. They feed back to their peers in class regarding art, music and drama at Emmaus and act as a pupil's voice. The children also help to keep our Arts faculty web page updated.
Year 5 children took part in the 'Snowflake Trail ' art work activities. Look at their designs. Their art work will be displayed in Church Street in Liverpool city centre. The children have worked very hard on their designs. Each snowflake is unique and will be a lovely addition to the Christmas decorations in our city. Well done Year 5 for your fantastic designs.
Art activities during Rememberance Week

African Drumming in Year Three

Children in 3H are enjoying their African drumming lessons. After only one lesson the children were able to hold their drum correctly and play alongside their Resonate music teacher. Well done 3H!




The Music road show went extremely well and the children had great fun exploring the different musical instruments on offer.

Just a reminder that musical instrument lessons will re-commence on the week beginning 26th September.

Wednesday- Guitar and Violin


Please ensure that your child has their musical instrument with them on the correct day.

Thank you.



Music Celebration Week took place the week commencing 11.7.16. During this week the children got to sing/play an instrument to a piece of music that they have been learning in their weekly music lessons. The children's singing and playing of their instruments was excellent. After speaking to the Arts Councillors it was apparent that the children really enjoyed performing to an audience and learnt many new musical skills during this time. Well done to all our musicians.

Year 2 performing I want to be in a band

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Year 1 performing Round round

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As part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations children from Year 3 drew a portrait of the Queen after looking at various artist's portraits throughout the years. In Year 3 we had a portrait competition. It was very difficult to choose amongst the excellent art work. After a long consultation, here are some photographs of our winning portraits. A big well done to all children who took part in the competition.
The children from Year 2 to Year 6 were recently invited to an assembly by Mr Mannings from Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral Choir. The children really enjoyed learning how to sing an England Football Song. They learnt about what it involved to be a Chorister and some children even got dressed as a Chorister. Children were sent home with a letter giving further details and information of how to apply to be a Chorister.

Here is a photograph of the lanterns designed by the Year Five children displayed in Liverpool's Cathedral (kindly sent to us by Mrs Dodds)

Shard glass lanterns designed by Year Five children to be displayed in St Luke's Church from 6th-8th May 2016 as part of the Out of the Darkness event to commemorate the Blitz. The children's lanterns are fantastic and they all worked really hard on their own individual designs.

On Tuesday 8th December, the Arts Council visited Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. The children looked at the site of the new peace garden. Father Kenny has asked the Arts council to design a plaque to commemorate Hillsborough. The children studied the plans with Father Kenny so they could visualise where the plaque will be. Our design is nearly ready to send to Father Kenny and we will update the website when the plaque is installed in the new peace garden..
On Wednesday 11th November all children at Emmaus School took part in a remembrance service. Each child had made their own individual poppy artwork. Poppies were displayed in our school hall inspired by the weeping window at St. George's Hall.
On Monday 19th October, the children enjoyed a brass instrument assembly held by Stuart from Liverpool's Schools Music. Stuart showed the children a range of brass instruments and some children were even chosen to demonstrate how to play that instrument. The children really enjoyed listening to the different sounds that each instrument makes. If your child has expressed an interest in learning to play a brass instrument they will of taken an information leaflet home. If you would like to enrol your child for brass instrument lessons, registration forms are available from reception. At the moment Liverpool's School Music Service has instruments to loan to children free of charge until Christmas. Afterwards these instruments can be leased for a small fee. I'm sure you'll agree that learning to play an instrument is a great opportunity for your child. Above and below are some photographs of Emmaus children exploring the different brass instruments.

This week our Arts Councillors had their first meeting. We are looking forwarding to gathering many exciting ideas for our Arts Faculty from our friends in class.

Details of upcoming performances in Liverpool can be found by following this hyperlink below


All children in the Juniors enjoyed a theatre performance of Romeo and Juliet.

They were so in love.
Unfortunately it had a tragic ending!

Creative Arts Policy

Hello my name is Julie Holmes and I am the leader of the Arts Faculty.


 Recently we had a music road show in school where children could try out musical instruments and enrol on a music course to learn to play their chosen instrument. If you were unable to attend this meeting and you would like your child to learn to play a musical instrument forms are available at reception with full contact details for Liverpool's School Music Service. This week commencing Monday 21st September was the beginning of our music lessons. The children really enjoyed their lessons.


Just a quick reminder;

Wednesday- String instruments

Thursday- Brass and woodwind instruments

Please ensure that your instruments are in school on this day!