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Expressive Arts and Design

Arts Week

Seasonal trees and acting out our own stories in Story Square time.

Blow painting, hat collages and Iris drawings

Expressive arts and design is one of the specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.


Expressive arts and design involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.


Exploring and using media and materialsChildren will gradually build a repertoire of songs as part of their daily routine, for example to signal a change in routine, such as at tidy up or story time.  They will also sing songs as a fun way of learning, for example, phonic jingles, counting and rhyming songs.  We will celebrate festivals by learning songs as a year group at times such as Harvest and Christmas time.  Children will be shown how to use a range of simple instruments to accompany music and singing and encouraged to explore their different sounds.  During P.E lessons we will explore dances linked to our topic and in class we will encourage children to make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.  


In class, children will have opportunities to use a range of simple tools and techniques and we will be helping them to use them safely and independently.  They will have access to a wide variety of creative resources, such as, paint, crayons, chalks, pastels etc. as well materials for junk modelling, collage, play dough modelling, paper and fabric art.  We will encourage them to explore the materials, experiment with textures and combine different media to create new and original effects!  The processes will be more important than the finished product.

Being imaginative: Children will be encouraged to use materials and media in original ways, thinking about how they might use the materials and putting them to a purpose.  In their art and model making they may create simple representations of events, people and objects for example making a junk model bridge after learning about The Billy Goats Gruff.


There will be lots of opportunities to express their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music and dance.  We will provide role play resources and props in our class home corner and encourage the children to play cooperatively alongside other children acting out their own stories, developing narratives and creating make believe scenarios.