Expressive Arts and Design

This area of learning develops children's artistic and cultural awareness and grows their imagination and creativity.

At Pentland we value the arts and creativity highly and see it is an essential element of growing children's skills across the curriculum as a whole. By engaging with a range of different artistic and creative activities, children develop both their imaginations and their observations of the world around them - what they see, hear and feel in different environments. Taking part in frequent role play, art, music and dance experiences allows children to respond to experiences and express their ideas through a range of different art forms. 

Within the EYFS, children are invited to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. Many of these are through the continuous provision, but they will also be given  the opportuitiy to learn new skills through more focused, small group activities. Throughout their time within the EYFS, children also have the opportunity to work with artists from different disciplines, e.g. visual artists, textile artists etc and to watch theatre performances. Through engagement with these activities, children's language and vocabulary is also enhanced. 

There are two aspects of learning with Expressive Arts and Design: 

  • Being Creative
  • Being Imaginative 


 Activities and resources are provided to help children gradually learn to: 

  • Develop their own ideas and choices of materials to use
  • Learn about colours and shapes
  • Join different materials together in a range of ways
  • Use different techniques and tools
  • Draw with increasing complexity and control  
  • Depict their emotions in drawings and paintings 
  • Explore colour and colour mixing 
  • Respond to what they hear, expressing their thoughts and feelings
  • Sing entire songs, matching the pitch and melody and make up their own songs
  • Play instruments with increasing control 
  • Take part in simple pretend play 
  • Develop their own ever more complex stories using small world equipment